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1918 Elgin "Haf-A-Hors"

This engine is For Sale!
(Click on the Sale sign for a special email correspondence concerning this engine.)

Haf-A-Hors engine
Serial #5228

1/2 Horse Power multipurpose engine manufactured by the
Elgin Wheel & Engine Co., Elgin, Illinois

2" Bore X 2" Stroke - Rated H.P. at approx. 500 R.P.M. pulley speed.


This unusual little engine was built to suit the small jobs around the farm or home. It sports an inverted cylinder, is air cooled by means of a combination flywheel/blower and has a removable pulley to allow different pulley sizes to be used. It is light enough in weight that it could be easily carried to the work site. The ignition is battery powered using a self-contained high tension buzz coil and spark plug. According to advertisements of the day, some uses would include powering butter churns, cream separators, washing machines or small power tools such as a drill press. Cost of this little engine in 1920 was approximately $33 dollars U.S. complete. This is a rare item and the asking price is $1100 USD.

Step on the pedal!
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1920 Fairmont "Speeder" engine

Fairmont engine

4 Horse Power railway personnel carrier engine manufactured by the
Fairmont Railway Motors, Inc., Fairmont, Minnesota

3 3/4" Bore X 3 1/4" Stroke - Rated H.P. at approx. 900 R.P.M.


This engine was built specifically for the railroad industry to power a small railway motor car, commonly called a 'Speeder', to carry workers to their work sites. The general style of these engines was very similar to their 4 cycle cousins, including the horizontal cylinder, large dual flywheels and water hopper for cooling, though some also used a small radiator. One advantage these engines had in their application in the railway cars, was their ability to run in either direction which eliminated the need for a transmission. Depending on the design and placement of the intake and exhaust ports, and other related factors, many 2 cycle engines can run either direction. Today, there are many clubs across the U.S. that gather at specified, supervised railroad sites to run not only these engines but the 'Speeders' they were built for. The PH-4 engine shown had long since been separated from its car before I purchased it, and I felt it needed to be on a new set of wheels...


Pull the flywheels around! (Either direction will work!)
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