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6 hp. International Harvester Screen cooled Famous Hit/Miss (scale model)

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    Posted 7 years ago

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    This is a Scale Model of a 6 hp. IHC "famous" hit/miss engine. I operates it on Naptha for fuel. The cooling water is pumped via a small water pump to flow over the screen as were the full sized engines. This kept the engine running cool during it's operation.
    The full sized models had a 4 ft. diameter flywheel which made them a very powerful and useful farm engine for chores like operating a wood saw.
    This model "Famous" (Company model name) features a miniature built in water circulating pump and a continuous operating fuel pump. This fuel pump keeps the fuel level constant so that the needle valve can supply the correct amount of fuel to the engine at all times. The excess fuel travels over an internal dam and winds up back in the fuel tank.
    This type of fuel supply was often used in IHC engines. The flywheels of this model are 12 in. in diameter
    My model also features an igniter type of ignition (make and break) and a clutch pulley so operation of the drive can be controlled by the operator.
    The little torch is a tiny scale model of a "Yellow Dog" Derrick Lantern. They were often used in the oil fields of Western PA while pumping crude oil. This allowed the pumping crew to pump and maintain their large engines through out the evenings. That is another story and I'll post a full sized "yellow Dog" at a future date and say how it got it's interesting name yellow dog.

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    1. walksoftly walksoftly, 7 years ago
      My father & grandfather had an IHC hit & miss engine, I'm not sure what size or model it was.
      Thanks for sharing!
    2. gargoylecollector gargoylecollector, 7 years ago
      Would you be able to help me?-
    3. hotairfan hotairfan, 7 years ago
      hi gargoyle,
      I am kind of liking this engine to a model engine instead of a salesman's sample. Both Fairbanks and IHC made verticals that were similar to this , and although your pic shows a very detailed and well made engine, some of the features on the engine don't jive up to the way they made the full sized engines. for example, it looks somewhat like the IHC upright screen cooled, but they were cooled by a screen , not a water hopper, and I don't recall any IHC vertical screen cooled engine that were sparkplug ignited. Could be there were sparkplug models vertical engines, I just don't recall any, most of the early IHC verticals were of igniter ignition.
      There's another thing leads me toward a model engine and not a salesman's sample. Salesman's samples were very detailed even down to the proper nuts and bolts. This engine, although a very nice model, doesn't appear to have the exacting details that salesman's samples have. If Portland didn't get you any exacting response, try the "Smokestack" site on the Web. Membership is free and you get great responses from members. I would love to hear from other posters as to what their thoughts are. By the way did you have it running yet? It looks like it would start right up... a very nice find

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