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No way!


Martin Zirger’s 6 HP International.

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At Gas Engine Magazine's request I'm taking the opportunity to chip in my 5 cents worth concerning "restoration." To each, that word means something a bit different than what the next guy or gal would define it as. The word or topic of restoration is quite relative in nature.

I think that at least over this way in northwest Ohio, the larger percentage think like I prefer to do; that a restoration involves getting the engine simply to run and as original in parts as possible or practical.

I don't often paint an engine since it isn't a new engine. They have performed magnitudes of work making them an almost glorious object as they are. Some folks aren't willing to take the time or expense to doll the old iron up, it's a matter of getting it to the show grounds for that attitude of, "look what I have," and that takes the true sense of adventure from this interest. I more often than not walk by or merely glance at an engine chrome-plated or otherwise brought back to the extreme, including filler in the casting if not done so at the factory.

Of course there are those reading this who couldn't disagree more, and that's OK with me; "your rights end where mine begin." Why do we need to pigeonhole that word anyway, as long as each of us enjoy our engine and restore it the way we like it. Anyone attending the shows does not need to like or enjoy each and every engine there - that's why there is variety.

This is my latest and largest purchase to date, an IHC 6 HP Model M and she runs terrific. I presently have it in the shop restoring it, meaning washing the 75-year-old oil and grease off of it, recharging the magnets in the low tension magneto, reseating valves and, last but not least, looking at it! Paint it? … No way! Grind the weld off the head from a freeze repair? … No way! Those things are pieces of history that follow this engine anywhere it goes, just like the nametag. Martin Zirger, basco@#bright.net