Faultless Built Majestic

 

                                                                                                                                 25 JAN 16

 

 

     My focus for many years has been on the Majestic line of hit and miss gasoline engines. The Majestic line is one of the seventy names that Waterloo engines were sold under by wholesale houses and “jobbers”. The Hartman Company of Chicago, Illinois sold engines beginning in 1909. For a brief time from in 1911 thru 1914, Hartman dropped Waterloo as their supplier and sold a “cousin” of the Waterloo produced by the Faultess Engine Company of Kansas City, Missouri. Following is a history of the Faultless Company and a comparison of their engine to the Waterloo.

     Mr. Charles Wise of Sedalia, Mo. has a wonderful article focusing on the Faultless engine line in Gas Engine Magazine in the Feb/Mar 2016 issue. He offers the following information: Earliest ads for the Faultless Engine Company at 1937 Grand Avenue in Kansas City appear in 1906. The company was incorporated in 1911 with A. J.Bauer listed as main shareholder. A new factory was built that year at 1510-14 Cypress Avenue. Faultless built engines for catalog companies like the Hartman Company, Joliet Manufacturing Co. and D. T. Bohon Company. Also hardware companies like Hibbard, Spencer and Bartlett Co. sold the Faultless line as the “Revonoc” engine, which is “Conover” spelled backwards, honoring long-time purchasing manager and later Faultless President Charles H. Conover. Montgomery Ward sold the Faultless engines under the “Dairy Maid” name and also sold their Neward line.

     Faultless produced gas engines very similar to the Waterloo gas engines in 3, 5, 7,10,12 and 15 HP. In the “Majestic” engine line, these are the engines with the “H”, for Hartman Company, prefix before the serial number. Years of production for the Faultless-built engines with the Majestic name would be from 1911 and ending in 1915. Hartman dropped the Waterloo line during these years.

     George W. Miller was an original founder of the Waterloo Gasoline Engine Company, which began business in 1893. His son, George B. Miller, invested in the company in 1899. In 1903 he was serving as Secretary-Treasurer then as President in 1909. In 1906, Waterloo had began production of the “Waterloo Boy’” hopper-cooled open crank engine. Under his leadership the Waterloo Company was phenomenally successful and was sold to Deere & Company in 1918 for $2.1 million.

     When Deere & Co. bought the Waterloo Gasoline Engine Co., “The Iron Trade Review” said Mr. Miller planned to retire. In July of 1919, the “Implement & Tractor Trade Journal” ran the article “Miller Gets the Faultless”. He and his son, DeForest built a new factory in Waterloo and moved the equipment from Kansas City. A fire destroyed much of the factory in 1922 but production continued until 1930.

 

          FAULTLESS-BUILT ENGINE VS WATERLOO CHARACTERISTICS

 

     It is easy to recognize and characteristics of the Faultless-built engines and see how they differ from those produced by Waterloo.

 

1.    Faultless assigned his own serial number sequence and a letter preceded the number. Miller, Starch Brothers and Neward engines have a “B” prefix. Sheffield engines have an “S” prefix. Majestic engines usually have an “H” prefix, but not always. Other letters used are A, C, D and Y. The lowest serial number found is #B621 on a Neward engine then #A1432. Some engines with serial numbers thru #9300 have been found with a “Kansas City” ID tag. Some engines produced with a “Waterloo, Iowa” ID tag have been found with serial numbers from #9705 thru #10844 then a jump to #20715 thru #44669.

2.    Faultless engine igniter studs are 3/8” diameter on 2 ½” centers on the 1 ½, 2, 3, 5, and 9 and 10 HP engines while Waterloo engine studs are on 2 1/8” centers.

3.    Faultless engine igniters have an insert for points tapering from 1 5/8” to 1 ½”. Waterloo igniters have a flat surface with no tapered insert. A #A303M18A igniter bracket is used on

 the Faultless 1 1/2 HP engine and a #A303K66A igniter bracket is used on the 2, 3, 5 and 9 and 10 HP models.

4.    Only the connecting rod on a Faultless engine has a casting number. Rods on the 1 ½ HP have an “O46”, 2 HP have an “A46”, 3 HP have a “B46” casting number and the 5 HP have a “C46” casting number. The 9 and 10 HP have an “E46” casting number. 

5.    The early Faultless and Neward engines have a raised lip around the end of the cylinder. Later Faultless engines produced in Waterloo, Iowa have a smooth cylinder end. All Waterloo engines have a smooth cylinder end.

6.    Faultless1½ HP have a 3½ “ bore,  2 HP engines have a 4” bore. Waterloo 2 HP engines have 3 ½” bore. Faultless 3 and 5 HP engines have a 5” bore. Waterloo 3 and 5 HP engines have a 4½” bore. Faultless 9 and 10 HP engines have a 6 ½” bore. Waterloo 9 HP engines have a 6” bore.

7.    Faultless engines in the 2, 3, 5 and 9 and 10 HP sizes have a mixer located on the bottom of the head and the muffler is on the side. Waterloo mixers are on the side and the muffler is on the bottom.

8.    Faultless 2, 3, 5 and 9 and 10 HP engines have a one-piece round flange bolting to the side of the flywheel holding the governor weights as they reach thru the spokes. Waterloo engines use a semi-circle yoke and the weights are larger.

9.    Faultless flywheels are thinner than Waterloo flywheels.

10.Faultless and Waterloo 2, 3 and 5 HP water hopper tops are attached with four bolts but are in different locations. The Faultless 1 ½  HP have two bolts, 9 and 10 HP engines have six bolts.

     11.The Faultless 10 HP is the same as the 9 HP but it is a throttled-governed wet head and so can be ran on kerosene. It has a fuel pump and over-flow mixer reservoir

          located on the igniter side of the head. The igniter studs are on 2 ¾” centers. The governor weights are mounted above the cam gear. The intake valve is on top

          instead of on the bottom. It does have an “E46” connecting rod and six bolt hopper top.

 

          The color of the Faultless-built engines sold under the “Majestic” name by the Hartman Company is red (See the Majestic Company History at:

          www.majesticengine.com. for color matching. The color of the other Faultless-built engines is Brewster Green similar to Dupont #24166 and the Rumley Oil Pull

          according to a 1930 catalog. (See Gas Engine Magazine 33/4/3).

 

                                                                                                                  James W. Priestley

                                                                                                                  523 Courtney Anne

                                                                                                                  McMinnville, Tn. 37110

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