Posted 6 years ago
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.