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DeLaVergne 160 HP hit and miss engine

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Published on Sep 9, 2007

I visited the Tuckahoe Steam and Gas Association's Museum in Easton, MD on Sept. 8, 2007. In the gas engines area, there are several large hit-and-miss type engines on display, and when I was there, many of them were being run.

The Tuckahoe Museum is run by volunteers, and a few were on hand Saturday. Unfortunately, I'm not very diligent about getting people's names, introductions, or remembering names, but I do know the faces. These guys are great - they are quick to answer questions or show off the wares at Tuckahoe.

From the nameplate, I can tell you that this is a DeLaVergne type DH oil engine. As you see it here, it's running on diesel fuel. It's designed to run at 225 rpm and produce 160 horsepower. That's real full-time horsepower, not the screaming peak of some sport motorcycle. That's all day long, 365-day-a-year power, and at only 225 RPM, I'll leave it to you to figure out the incredible torque this engine produces. The bore of this engine is at least 15", and the stroke is on the order of 24". It is a single cylinder engine.

In all the excitement, I neglected to determine the date of this engine, but I can say that, to the guys at the Tuckahoe Steam and Gas Association, something from 1940 is considered pretty new. Based on what I saw, I'd guess that this engine is no more recent than 1920, and possibly 1910.

I was allowed to see and film this engine up close. It's hard to describe the experience of being right there, where you can smell the diesel and the smoke, you can feel the little turbulent breeze coming off of that huge flywheel, and feel the thump of the ground as this monster runs. I really appreciate the opportunity to get right up close to this beautifully maintained piece of history.

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