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The engine came from the Beilfuss Motor Company of Lansing, Michigan, and it appears the production Americans used them also. Beilfuss isn’t a household name today but it was a player in the early 1900s and the engines were found in a sizeable number of cars and trucks, as well as for stationary and marine use. Beilfuss’ trademark was horizontally opposed engines, both air- and water-cooled. This one is the 192ci model, which was made in power ratings from 14 to 20hp and weighed 350 pounds. It isn’t known exactly which this one is. Production American 1-tons advertised 20hp. Coffman has never driven the truck over 5 to 10 mph, but remarked, “It isn’t overpowered.”

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