The Complete Story of Reeves No. 8091

| November/December 1971

  • Reeves engine
    Reeves No. 8091, 8'' x 14'' bore and stroke. Same boiler as 40 hp. cross compound.

  • Reeves engine

Neighbor and employee of the Pickett family as told to J. W. Chandler

(Lon Pickett owner, 1924 new)

Lon Pickett was an eccentric bachelor who owned many engines. His favorites were Keck, Baker and Rumely. He had known Advance-Rumely to have built at least one 35 hp. plowing engine in the fall of 1922. However, he was unsuccessful in persuading them to build an identical engine for him. Keck-Gonnerman had a new 28 or 30 hp. on hand; but it was too light for Mr. Pickett's taste.

After contacting all builders of large engines and availability of supply, he decided on a Reeves already built. It did not suit him exactly, so it was reshipped to Indianapolis (Sinker-Davis Works) and the following alterations were made:

The eccentrics were moved inside and a radial or Baker type reverse motion was installed. The crankshaft was cut on the left side and an eccentric water pump was mounted where the left hand flywheel could have been used.

This engine was so heavy, we had 4 inch thick by 12 inch wide planks carried on water tanks for crossing culverts and bridges. You just couldn't get around without them and even then we had trouble.