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Liberty- Trego connection?

 
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jgertler



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 21, 2003 09:36    Post subject: Liberty- Trego connection? Reply with quote

Has anybody heard of the Trego Company (U.S. circa 1918) ? It doesn't ring a bell like the Vimalert and Gar Wood and other companies that made marine conversions. I have no reason to suggest it was a marine conversion. But we have just heard of some Trego Co. engine blueprints of small engine parts for (we assume) Liberty engine so they msut have been changing SOMEthing?
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wallan



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 21, 2003 09:54    Post subject: Reply with quote

They were based in New Haven, Connecticut, and were one of the group contracted to make the Liberty, supposed to make 500, but only made 2: can anyone confirm this?
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rneal



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 22, 2003 19:36    Post subject: Liberty Reply with quote

wallan wrote:
They were based in New Haven, Connecticut, and were one of the group contracted to make the Liberty, supposed to make 500, but only made 2: can anyone confirm this?
Yes, Trego was a New Haven company that was a contracted Liberty builder. They contracted for 500 engines but the Air Service only accepted 1 (one) and trasferred the contract to Ordnance which were to use them in tanks (where the lower quality of the engine was not so critical). It is doubtful that the total contract was ever fulfilled as the transfer was done in June of 1918 and the war ended on Nov. 11 of that year. Records of the contract were transferred to Ordnance from the Air Service along with the contract. Thus delivery records (which have been found for all Air Service engines) have thus far evaded us. I would guess no more than 250 of the Trego engines were actually conpleted. Would you believe that the one Air Service accepted engine has survived and is currently a running engine and in use. Laughing Robert Neal
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