Challenge Engine Photo Page

This page is for showing photos of Challenge Engines and Challenge Equipment built in Batavia IL.   If you would like your photo pictured here, Please let me know and I will work with you to get it displayed.

 

I am also keeping a written registry.  To Date, There are 115 Challenge Engines on it.  Email me with your engine details.

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Last Updated: 3/20/2008

Early Engines  Pre-1910

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HP: 5

Ignitor & Hot Tube

S/N: 39

6" Bore - 11" Stroke

42" Flywheels

 

 

This 5hp Challenge is still connected to the line shaft in a pump house. (Photos provided by the engine owner)

 

Purchased new in December 1902.  Family has the original sale bill.

The dealer that sold it now sells Cadillac's and Pontiacs.  

Note:  There is not a spring on the intake valve, they used a round ball weight on the keeper to close it.

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HP: 4.2

Magneto:

S/N: 93

Some History on this engine:

"This engine must be a very early one, Serial No. 93, manufactured in 1902 and rated at 4.2 h.p. In a previous lifetime it was used to pump water in Northern Idaho. (I think the name of the town was Hope, Idaho, but if it's important, let me confirm that.) Other than that, he doesn't have much history on it.   By the time it got to him, the engine had been converted to spark plug ignition. He wanted to change it back to low tension, but didn't have the foggiest notion what the original igniter and trip  mechanism looked like. So, he fabricated what's on there, now, doing the best he could to imagine what the original must have looked like."

Early horizontal Challenge engine.  

Thanks to Orrin Iseminger for taking these pictures at the owner's location and providing some history on it from the owner.

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HP: 1 1/2

Magneto: None

S/N: 125

~1899-1900

Early Tank Cooled Engine

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HP: 2

Magneto: None

S/N: 312

 

Hopper Cooled Vertical Challenge.  Found in the late '50s-early '60 in LaFox,IL (next town west of Batavia).

Originally ignitor fired, but converted to sparkplug long ago.

HP: 2 1/2

Magneto:

S/N: 1382

 

 

HP: 4 1/2

Magneto:

S/N: 1464

Photos provided by owner in Aus.
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HP: 4 1/2

Magneto:

S/N: 1538

 

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HP: 6

Magneto:

S/N: Missing tag

 

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HP: 8

Magneto:

S/N: Missing tag

 

 

HP:

Magneto:

S/N:

 

 

 

 

Headless

HP:1

Magneto: None

S/N: 3115

Note:  Headless

 

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HP:1 1/4  or 1 1/2

Magneto: None

S/N: 4310

Note:  Headless

 

HP: 1 

Magneto: None

S/N: 5116

Note:  Headless

Broken Connecting Rod.  Looking for new one.

 

 

 

Hourglass 1910?-1920

Serial # starting around 2000 except ???

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Salesman Sample ??? Hourglass Engine Shown at the Sandwich IL show in 2003.

HP: 2

Magneto: None

S/N: 1055

Another engine that is joining my collection.  Still don't understand the serial number being prior to 2k, but  I have seen this before with other Challenge engines at the time of model change over.  Photos provided by previous owner.

HP: 2

Magneto: None

S/N: 2046

 

Sparkplug in head, tank under mixer. (Private Collection in IL).
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HP: 1 1/2

Magneto: None

S/N: 2120

 
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HP: 1 1/2

Magneto: None

S/N: 2296

 
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HP: 1 1/2

Magneto: 

S/N: 3046

Auction in IA 2002

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HP: 1 1/2

Magneto: None

S/N: 3153

Shown at Sandwich, IL 2001

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HP: 1 1/2

Magneto: None

S/N: 3314

Shown at Portland, IN 2000 Show

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HP:1 1/2

Magneto:

S/N: 4143

Shown at CPM '04

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HP: 1 1/2

Magneto: None

S/N: 6730

 

Engine sold on eBay
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HP: 1 1/2

Magneto: None

S/N: No Tag

Engine in Australia - carb is from a Frost King Jr.
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HP: 2

Magneto: None

S/N: 3180

Note: Wet Head

 
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HP: 2

Magneto: None

S/N: 4784

Note: Wet Head

 
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HP: 2

Magneto: None

S/N: 6070

Note: Dry Head

Restoration in Process
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HP: 2

Magneto: None

S/N:3180

Shown at CPM 2003

Shown at Baraboo 2004

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HP: 2

Magneto: None

S/N: 6536

Nice Original

 
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HP: 2

Magneto: None

S/N: 6636

Shown in Marshalltown, IA 2004

HP: 3

Magneto: None

S/N: 6575

 

HP: 2-3

Magneto: None

S/N: Unknown

 

HP: 2-3

Magneto: None

S/N: Unknown

 
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HP: 4

Magneto: Chain Drive

S/N:3743

Engine in Australia
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HP: 4

Magneto: None

S/N:4268

 

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HP: 4

Magneto: None

S/N: 4397

Engine in Australia - Photo by Patrick M Livingstone

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HP: 5

Magneto: None

S/N: 7197

Engine in Australia (under going restoration)
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HP: 

Magneto:

S/N: 

Engine in Australia

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HP: 4 or 5

Magneto: None

S/N: No Tag

Link

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HP: 4 or 5

Magneto:

S/N: no tag

Engine in Australia (ebay)

Additional photos provided by new owner.

Photo on the way

HP: 6

Magneto:

S/N: 3674

Still on Original Farm in IL

Purchased August 1910 for $37.50

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HP: 6

Magneto: 

S/N:4015

Conqueror Engine - Sold in Tasmania
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HP: 6

Magneto: 

S/N: 4182

 
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HP: 6

Magneto: None

S/N: 6832

Auction in South Dakota
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HP: 6

Magneto: None

S/N: 

Engine Sold in Australia at auction.  Aus$2500  (photo courtesy Graham Harris)
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HP: 6

Magneto: None

S/N:  Gear Drive

Engine in Australia.  (photo courtesy Patrick Livingstone)
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HP: 6

Magneto: Wizard Generator

S/N:

Engine in Australia (photo courtesy Graham Harris)

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HP: 6

Magneto: 

S/N:

Engine in Australia

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HP: 8/10

Magneto: Wizard

S/N: No Tag

Note: 48" Flywheels instead of 42"

Link

     

 

Rectangle Hopper 1920-

Serial Numbers starting at 20,000

(except for a few that had the pushrod on the opposite side and the brass mixer)

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HP: 1 1/2

Magneto: converted to spark plug

S/N: 10039

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This is the earliest flat top engine that I have seen.  This engine has the ignition and pushrod on the opposite side of the engine when compared to later flat top Challenge engines.  The serial number does not fit the documented catalog information either with the flat top engines starting a 20,000.

HP: 3

Magneto: converted to spark plug? or is it factory?

S/N: 10429

Here is another early flat top engine.  Engine is in AUS. Photos provided by owner.
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HP: 2

Magneto: Wizard

S/N: 5159 ???

Appears to have wrong tag.  Sale in Aus. (photo courtesy Patrick Livingstone)
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HP: 1 1/2

Magneto: Wizard

S/N: 20504

Restoration in progress

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HP: 1 1/2

Magneto: Wizard

S/N: 20891

Link

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HP: 1 1/2

Magneto: Wizard

S/N:21200

Shown at Sandwich, IL 2001 Show

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HP: 2

Magneto: Converted

S/N:21359K

Throttle Governed

In Australia

HP: 1 1/2

Magneto: Wizard

S/N:21583

 
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HP: 1 1/2

Magneto: Wizard

S/N:25216

 
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HP: 2

Magneto: Converted to spark plug

S/N: 25301

 
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HP: 2

Magneto: 

S/N:25644

 

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HP: 2

Magneto: Wizard

S/N: 25647

Link

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HP: 2

Magneto: Wizard

S/N: 25780

 

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HP: 2

Magneto: Wizard

S/N: 25825

Shown at Sandwich, IL 2001 Fair

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HP: 2

Magneto: Missing

S/N: 26010

Auction in MN/IA

HP: 2

Magneto: Wico EK

S/N: 26936

 

Jim

HP: 3

Magneto: Converted to Spark Plug

S/N:20561

 
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HP: 3

Magneto: Wico

S/N: 25128

Shown after changing to a different cart.

 
     

HP: 3

Magneto: Webster

S/N: 25726

With Winch

 
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HP: 3

Magneto: Wico

S/N: 27217

Portland 2003

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HP: 3

Magneto: Wico

S/N: 27415

 

HP: 3

Magneto: Webster

S/N: 25747

Jim III

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HP: 5

Magneto: Wico EK

S/N: 25785

Link
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HP: 5

Magneto: Wico

S/N: 28078

Note: on Factory Saw Rig

 
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HP: 5

Magneto: Wizard

S/N: 

Shown in Aus. (photo courtesy Patrick Livingstone)

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HP: 5

Magneto: Wico

S/N: 

Pictures from Seller in AZ.  Owned by collector in IL.

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HP: 5

Magneto: Wico

S/N: 

Owned by Collector in CT.

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HP: 8

Magneto: Wizard

S/N: 25499

Shown at Sandwich, IL 2001 Show

HP: 8

Magneto: Wico EK

S/N: 26651

 
     

Dishpan Engines

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HP: 1 1/2

Magneto: Wico

S/N: 26794

Restoration in Process

HP: 1 1/2

Magneto: Wico EK

S/N: 26873

 

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HP: 1 1/2

Magneto: Wico EK

S/N: 26958

Link
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HP: 1 1/2

Magneto: Wico

S/N: 27340

Auction in Nebraska

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HP: 1 1/2

Magneto: Wico EK

S/N: 27488

Sandwich 2000 Show
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HP: 1 1/2

Magneto: Wico EK

S/N: 28409

Sycamore 2006 Show

Challenge Made Equipment

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Dandy Corn Sheller Shown at Sandwich, IL 2001 Show
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#6 Mill  
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#7 Mill Shown at Sandwich, IL 2007 Show
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Early C.W.M.F.M. Mill Private Collection
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Windmill Pump / Umbrella Stand  
     

 

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