Edgar Harvey of Nortonville, Kansas, a Blacksmith, found an old
picture of a gasoline engine while looking through some papers in
his home a couple of years ago. He decided to try to build this gas
engine in miniature. Here is what he says about it
‘It was a picture of an engine my father, Carter Harvey,
purchased in 1909 to saw wood and shell corn with. It was an eight
horse power engine.
‘That picture stayed in my mind, so one evening when I came
home from work I decided to start a scale model which I completed
this summer after a year and a half of spare time work. It was made
from scrap metal around the Blacksmith Shop.
The size is 34 inches overall including the trucks. The length
of the engine is 14 inches. The flywheels are 7 inches. Truck
wheels, rear 4 inches front 4 inches in diameter. The width of the
trucks are 9 inches. It has a one inch stroke. The firing system is
make and break. It runs exactly like my father’s engine.
The flywheels are made of brass and the main body of the engine
is made of three-sixteenth plate steel and welded together. The
cylinder and piston are cast. The crank shaft bearings are made of
I am keeping this scale model of my father’s engine in
remembrance of him. If anyone wants to build this model, I will
give any information that I can.’