Engine Spotter's Guide: Titan Engine Photos Only

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  1. Colin Rush

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    I started this thread in the same vein as the Diamond Engine Picture thread, so that folks can ID these engines, know what colors they would have been painted, what decals went on them, and so on.

    I will be adding pictures as I find them. If anyone else wants to, go ahead. I encourage adding additional info with each photo, such as size, type of magneto, serial number, history, colors, and so on so others can learn.
     
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    8HP Titan

    This is owned by a gentleman named Ken Majeski from Ellsworth Township in Wisconsin.

    I do not know much about this except that it is an 8HP Titan Team-Pulled unit on the factory truck.

    You can visit Ken's website here:

    http://users.dishup.us/kenmajeski/index/Gas%20Engines.htm
     

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    Great Western Binder Bee Engine

    This was at the first Binder Bee at the Western Antique Powerland. Judging by the first photo, I am willling to be this is a Titan too. If anyone knows about this engine, send me a PM with what you know, and I will put it down. I believe this resides at the museum.
     

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    1HP Titan Junior

    This is a Titan Junior owned by Paul Spence. The Titan Junior looks a lot like the Titan and the Famous. The Titan Jr. can be identified by the oval hopper opening, smaller flywheels, an additional intermediate gear on the governor (regular Titans ran off the flywheel), and a ZA prefix on the serial number. IHC only made 3249 of these engines in 1915 and 1916.

    This is owned by Paul Spence in New Jersey. You can see more of his engines here:
    Paul's Engines
     

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    Name Change, Design Change in 1914

    The Famous brand name was dropped in favor of the newer name Titan in 1914. Per an IHC parts book (thanks to John Hammink in Holland), "All engines designated by the name "Titan" after May 1st, 1914."

    Along with the name change came some small design changes. As described by a fellow named Sam Harman on SmokStak:
    "There are some differences in the Titan and Famous 1HP engines that are really noticeable. All 1HP Titans have the governor weight mounts cast into the flywheel, where the Famous engines use the cast ring bolted to the flywheel to hold the weights. The flywheels on a Titan engine have a radius on the edges, and the Famous is square with very little radius. All the Titan engines have the flywheel on the ignitor side stamped with timing marks for the intake and exhaust openings and for the spark timing. It is stamped on the outer edges not on the face of the flywheel. Sometimes these timing marks aren't stamped very deep and you have to look pretty hard to see them."

    The serial numbers continued unchanged. According to Wendels (not sure of exact name, need to find it), the serial numbers for the 1HP spray engines ranged from VC151 in 1911 to VC42307 built in 1917. That would have straddled both the Famous and Titan branding.

    Click here to view the Famous Photo Thread.
     
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    Notes

    Here is an interesting note I found today:
    "According to (Charles) Wendel's Gas Engine book they were the same. Engines sold through Deering dealers were called Titan, engines sold through McCormick dealers were called Famous. They used the same flywheels and other parts as the Tom Thumb."

    I am not sure how to reconcile this against what John Hammink had said (earlier post in this thread). Maybe this only applies to the 1914 and later engines.

    In another thread, I see a person that quoted their IHC book, which said "IHC Famous Titan 1HP Water-Cooled Engine". So I guess that they are indeed one and the same, except for the name.
     
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    Sales Literature Illustration

    This is something I found, that I believe John Hammink had put up for folks to see. Square hopper says it is a standard Titan, and it has the oscillating magneto, and you can see the paint scheme.
     

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    4 HP Titan

    Here is a 4 horsepower unit built in 1916. Unfortunately, I know almost nothing about it. This is owned by a fellow somewhere near Quebec. It is a kerosene engine, with the serial number RC3096.

    If anyone happens to know who owns this or any other things about it, let me know and I will post it.
     

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    Hopper Lid

    Here are some photos of the hopper lid which was used on the Titan, Famous, and Victor. It may also fit the Mogul.

    This is a repop part. If I can find out who makes it, I will post the supplier here.
     

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    Horizontal Titan

    I am not sure, but I think this is a 6 HP unit. This was taken at a show in 2006. No other info was available. Too bad it is not longer, and the sound isn't better. I believe the cart is original.

    [youtube]v/s7nbNi3ItS0[/youtube]
     
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    Titan Pump Package

    IHC offered their engines as part of unitary pump packages for spray outfits. These would be used to wash, spray crops, or put out fires in a pinch.

    Here is a sweet restored Titan pump package owned by a fellow in Australia named Pat Livingstone.

    I believe the pump itself was the same one used on the 1 HP Famous and Tom Thumb spray packages, which would be a Myers 313A pump. If so, it was rated at 6.6 GPM. I would almost lay bets that Myers still sells parts to rebuild the pump.
     

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    Wisconsin Historical Archive Ads

    These are ads, posters, and catalogues from the WHA. They are available reprinted from them, and from Binder Books.

    1911 Mechanical Irrigation Catalogue
     
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    Titan Engine Driving a Hay Baler

    Here is a video of a Titan gas engine running a Case hay press. I do not know much else about it.

    [youtube]_dO9hllR0ws[/youtube]
     
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    Titan, Junior

    Found recently was this photo of a Titan, Junior.

    This is for sale for $5800. :stuart:
     

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    More Video

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    I found a Titan catalog today. It is too big to upload. Here are a couple pages. Contact me if you want the entire pdf. There is a page for each model.
     

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