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Cameron Precision Engineering

Maker of the Rodzy Tether car and Cameron engines.

We had a contest and 8 people guessed correctly
Here are the hints we gave, the blue type was added after the contest.

Hint #1 - Besides their own, this company made engines for another famous company.
They made the original Thimble Drome .09 Car engine and rear axle.
Hint #2 - The company is not mentioned anywhere on the mecoa.com main page
We mentioned Rodzy but not Cameron
Hint #3 - They still had engines for sale even though their factory closed.
Even for many years.
Up through the 1980's they still had engines that were made back in the 1960s

Hint #4 - They made car, boat and airplane engines. In sizes .09 .15 and .19
Also Made an Ignition engine in the 1940s - a .23
Hint #5 - The factory moved once since the time they started.
But stayed in the same State (Big hint, now you know it was in the USA)
They moved from Chino Ca to Sonora CA in 1955

Hint #6 - One of the owners died in an airplane crash.
In 1960 flying supplies into firefighters.
The youngest brother died when a parachute with supplies was thrown out of the small plane as it was given to him packed wrong by the forestry service. The chute became tangled in the empennage.
Hint #7 - The made other products besides model engines.
Cameron made a small precision drill press in the mid 1960's
Hint #8 - None of the original owners are still alive.
Hint #9 - The last of the original owners passed a little more than a year ago.
One in the airplane accident, one in 1994, and one in 2018
Don was the middle brother that made much of the tooling and he passed in the early 1990s.
Hint #10 - They started making engines in the 1940s
They made the Cameron .23 ignition.
Hint #11 - They made one engine that had a very unique look about it.
Only one other engine looked similar.
The .09 Thimble Drome for Cox had vertical fins. The only other similar engine the the tiny Hasbro engine.
Hint #12 - Randy almost bought this company over 30 years ago.
Yes we almost moved to Sonora in the late 1980's
Hint #13 - The last owner really was attached to it. Hard to let things go.

BIG HINT #14 - They made die cast tooling for an .049 .020 and .009 but never went into production
Here are the prototypes - click to enlarge
Hint #15 - The .15 size engine they made didn't have ports in the sleeve.
It had a iron and steel lapped piston and cylinder.
The .15 only had a steel sleeve (ring) above the cast in ports.
Hint #16 - They started in such a small town they didn't have a street address for the post office.
Moved away in 1955 because one owner had breathing problems and the new location was better. Their address was Cameron Precision Chino California

Hint # 17 - One of the owners passed away in the 1990's
|The middle brother Don

Hint # 18 - The last of the owners was 97 1/2 when he passed.
Bob

Hint # 19 - They also made die casting dies and castings for a model steam engine but never went into production.

The steam engine was called "Tom Thumb" and I don't have much information on it.

Hint #20 - They made escapements for early radio control models

Hint #21 - This house was in front of the original factory. Chino California

Mom's standing in front.

Hint #22 - The company's name was the family's name
Cameron .

Hint #23 - Here we are in 2006

Randy the the last owner Bob Cameron

Here are all the guesses

Brand
Guesses
Cameron
8
OK Cub - OK Engines - Herkermer Tool and Model Works
12
McCoy - Testors (we already own the Series 21)
10
Super Tigre
11
Sanye - ASP
4
Irvine
3
FOX (we already own them)
3
Magnum
3
Micro-Blt Arden
3
OS
3
Rossi
2
MERCO (we already own them)
2
Moki
2
Hornlien
Webra (we already own them)
O&R
NV Norvel
Enya
Forster (we already own them)
Wasp
COX
Dooling
Kavan (we already own the FK-50)
Toki (we already own them)
Thunder Tiger
Brown
RJL (This is my original)
OPS
Leo
Davis Diesel
Graupner

9-30-2019

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