Caterpillar Diesel Engine, 1930

Caterpillar Diesel Engine, 1930

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Description
This is the first mass-produced diesel engine ever made in the United States. The four-cylinder engine uses a variety of fuels, including furnace oil and generates 86.8 horsepower at 700 revolutions per minute.
"Old Betsy" was employed to drive earth-moving equipment in the construction industry before its retirement in the mid-20th century. The transition from gasoline to diesel was preferred by manufacturers of heavy equipment due in part to the efficiencies available with the heavier classes of motor fuel, in addition to diesel's ability to run cleaner than ordinary gasoline.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Engine, Diesel
Date made
1930
maker
Caterpillar Tractor Co.
Measurements
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ID Number
MC.335000
catalog number
335000
accession number
310685
serial number
1-A-14
Credit Line
Gift of Caterpillar Tractor Co. Peoria, Illinois
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National Museum of American History
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