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1929 Gas Powered Ice Cream Machine – We all scream for hoon cream!

Juan Barnett August 29, 2012 All Things Hoon 15 Comments

Recently I had the opportunity to attend the World’s Largest Corvette Flea Market (aka Corvettes at Carlisle). Corvettes stretched as far as the eye could see. Some were adorned with large signs proclaiming their mechanical triumph – ‘1200 HP’ one sign read. Another, plastered to the window of a 2004 C5 Z06, read ‘OVER 1000 Horsepowers.’

While all very impressive machines there was one that caught my attention and it only had 1.5 Horsepower.

Meet the 1929 John Deere Model E Ice Cream Machine (video below).

The emerald clad mechanical marvel sounded like a large gas powered sewing machine. Its one-point-five horsepower powerplant churned out a rather tasty treat too.

Last year Nissan aired an anti-Volt pro-LEAF ad that showed everyday appliances running on gas engines. Well this here is the real thing.

This got me thinking – What kind of appliance would you hoon-rig to be driven by a gasoline engine?


  • chrystlubitshi

    egg timer, crock pot, and toaster.

  • Devin

    I give you the TailGator, the gas-powered blender.

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  • OA5599

    A Prius.

    • PowerTryp

      Now that's a car I want to see someone massage an SBC into.

  • FuzzyPlushroom

    I'm not sure most of us, in fact, do scream for Hoon cream. Charles, your thoughts?

    Back on topic – a rock tumbler. I know it's not really an appliance, but I want one, and it may as well be powered by Briggs and Stratton (or Honda, or a salvaged Buick Nailhead…)

  • Kogashiwa

    Always wanted to make a gas-powered espresso machine. A Moto Guzzi v-twin would be good. (Adds more Italian flavour to the espresso.) Supercharged perhaps. Exhaust would have to be piped through the roof unfortunately. To make up for that a set of passive resonators could be installed in the exhaust piping to keep the delicious sound inside the cafe. Bit of chrome and polish, or maybe some brass accents?, and you've got the centerpiece to your cafe. I'm assuming you guys will all come because probably the usual cafe crowd wouldn't be able to handle the aw3s0m3.

    Yes I've given way too much thought to this.

    • sporty88au

      No, sounds like the perfect amount of thought. Each time the Barista wants to froth up some milk for somebody's coffee, he needs to rev that Guzzi v-twin, just enough to make nice sounds, not too much or he burns the milk – sounds perfectly fine to me.

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  • BobWellington

    That title isn't suggestive. 😛

  • Joe Dunlap

    As much as I like ice cream (Moose Tracks, mmmmmmmmmmmmmm!), and as much as I like the internal combustion engine, this is a most egregious misuse of technology

    • You're dead wrong, Joe. This is a hit and miss engine, and way before electricity was ubiquitous in rural areas, these all purpose motors were used for pretty much everything that an electric motor would be used for nowadays. This isn't the first ice cream maker I've seen run by a hit and miss, there's a similar setup here where I live that gets set up whenever the local antique machinery club displays their equipment. They also have two stroke single powered Maytag washing machines, hit and miss powered pumps, kerosene powered mine hoists, and engines like this, just popping and farting away for the hell of it. This was appropriate technology a hundred years ago, if you lived in the sticks on a farm, and the ingenious ways that they used these things is really quite impressive.

      • BlackIce_GTS

        ICE powered washing machines were semi-common into the '60s, weren't they?
        I remember my dad telling me he and his friends would put old washing machine engines on pedal bikes. It was easy, because the output was in the right orientation and they came with kick starters.

        • I guess they must have been, huh? Your dad and his buddies must be an ingenious bunch, I'd love to see what those bikes looked like.

  • 71 MKIV

    Hey Juan,
    If you like that, run the extra hour next October and do the Rough and Tumble museum's annual Threshermen's reunion. A hundred acres of nothing but old engines.