Ideal Type K
Manufactured in 1912 by the Union Tool Company, Torrance, California.
The Ideal Type I cylinder is fitted with a water-jacketed auxiliary exhaust port, which reduces the temperature of the gases passing through the exhaust valve. It is made with both a high- and low-compression head. In general, the high-compression head was used for the lower grades of gas and the low-compression head was used for the higher grades of gas. Valves are the poppet type. They open directly into the cylinder or combustion chamber. Both inlet and exhaust valves are contained in cages that can be easily removed.
This engine was belted up to several oil rigs in the oil fields of Southern California. The Ideal Type K was also used in all kinds of pumping, irrigating, and general power work. It was made in sizes of 20, 25, 30, 35, and 40 horsepower.
We are indebted to AGSEM member Terry Hathaway for his generous donation of this fine engine.