Guess what famous engine company Randy was able to obtain the rights for.
MECOA will give the first 10 U.S. customers with the correct answer a cap of their choice.

We will add hints every few days. Actually I've been adding more often since nobody is guessing correctly.
Tell your friends to enter too. I am now adding more to some of the hints.

As of 7:51 PM Pacific Time 9-16-2019
A lot of good guesses, over half way to 10 correct answers. We got 8 correct so far.

I have a few entries that guessed engine companies we already own, pay attention to Hint #2

I think we will end the contest this weekend.

Hint #1 - Besides their own, this company made engines for another famous company.
Hint #2 - The company is not mentioned anywhere on the main page
Hint #3 - They still had engines for sale even though their factory closed.
Even for many years.
Hint #4 - They made car, boat and airplane engines.
Also Made an Ignition engine in the 1940s
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)
Hint #6 - One of the owners died in an airplane crash.
In 1960 flying supplies into firefighters.
Hint #7 - The made other products besides model engines.
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
Hint #10 - They started making engines in the 1940s
Hint #11 - They made one engine that had a very unique look about it.
Only one other engine looked similar.
Hint #12 - Randy almost bought this company over 30 years ago.
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.
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.
Hint # 17 - One of the owners passed away in the 1990's
Hint # 18 - The last of the owners was 97 1/2 when he passed.

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.

Mom's standing in front.

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

Hint #23 - Here we are in 2006

Randy the the last owner.

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Model Engine Company of America
16015 Adelante St. Irwindale, California 91702