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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
They made the original Thimble Drome .09 Car
engine and rear axle.
Hint #2 - The company is not mentioned anywhere on the mecoa.com
We mentioned Rodzy but not Cameron
Hint #3 - They still had engines for sale even though their factory
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
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
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
Hint #13 - The last owner really was attached to it. Hard to let things
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.
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 #21 - This house was in front of the original factory. Chino
Mom's standing in front.
Hint #23 - Here we are in 2006
Randy the the last owner Bob Cameron
Here are all the guesses
Company of America
MECOA - K&B - FOX - WEBRA
16015 Adelante St. Irwindale, California 91702