This is my latest hot air engine project: an early Ericsson Patent Delameter Iron Works 6-inch hot air engine, serial no. 426.
This is a Rider-Ericsson hot air engine, built after 1900. There is no serial number, so I'm not sure the exact year. I bought it at Coolspring in 2005. John Kendall dug it up at an estate. This type of engine would have been used for pumping water. First, I took the engine apart and sandblasted the parts. Then I started asking people for the parts I needed to make patterns. I made patterns and sent them slowly to the foundry. My daughter hauled many of the pieces back in the trunk of her Chevy Cobalt. I would like to thank "Buster" Brown, Brent Rowell, the Triebners from Ontario, Jon Rozevink, and Ralph Reeves for providing parts and information about this engine. The completed engine was unveiled at the Coolspring show on June 16, 2009. Upon request, I now have the patterns to make the table, legs, fire box and various linkages for this type of engine. Here it is in various stages of completion.