My New-Way of Engine Restoration

Model C Engine

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6548 Lipscomb Street S.E., Salem, Oregon 97301

Deve Brown, 6548 Lipscomb Street S.E., Salem, Oregon 97301 discovered a 'New-Way of Restoration' with this 2.5 HP Model C engine, Serial #1366. See his story inside.

Ever since first seeing a New-Way engine, I knew I had to add one to my collection. I searched for some time, hoping to find an affordably priced twin cylinder model, but soon found out that twin cylinder New-Ways are anything but affordable! So I increased my search to include horizontal single cylinder models and learned that they are very difficult to come by. My expanded search to include vertical models also proved very challenging.

My big break came when I showed up a half-hour early on August 5th, the first day of the 1998 Puget Sound Antique Tractor and Machinery Association Show in Lynden, Washington. The trailer that held 'my' engine, and various other choice pieces of vintage iron, was still covered with a tarp, but I could see my New-Way under there! It was a Model C, Type C, 2.5 HP, serial number 1366. It came with a brand new repro shroud in a box to replace the poorly made one that was on it. I knew I was going to be the proud owner of this engine! I waited around until John, the seller's representative showed up, and I immediately bought it. We loaded my new New-Way in the back of the truck, and after I enjoyed the great show that is put on at Lynden annually, I drove home.

I started checking the engine out and found it was made around 1910 and that it had been restored some years ago, but not to the level of perfection I had in mind. I started to disassemble it and found the fuel tank half full of rust scale and the rod bearing extremely loose. Upon disassembly of the bearing, I noticed it had been rebabbitted, but the job was quite poor and full of bubbles. Now, where to get the rod and cap rebabbitted? I had never done this before. Vintage Engine Machine Works in Spokane, Washington, came through and did a fine job.

While the rod was out at the shop, I cleaned up all the parts, reseated the valves and started the reassembly process as much as I could. When the rod showed up, I hand fit the bearing halves to the journal, which was a bit tricky, seeing as how the journal was tapered and I had no way to true it up. But through using marking ink and a knife, I got it really close! Then I added the piston, new rings from Starbolt, and placed the piston into the freshly honed cylinder. I then propped the engine half open.

Next came the chore of fitting the main bearing shims. For those of you who haven't set New-Way main bearing shims, it's a bit of a challenge. The crankcase hinges open at the main bearings, which means the shims go around the entire mating surface between the crankcase halves. Plus, if you do it right, the shims act as a gasket. If you don't, you get an oily mess when the engine runs. This took a couple of days but after getting the proper combination of hand cut shims, I sealed the engine up.

After adding the cam gear, cover and governor lever, came the fan and shroud. The bearing for the fan was quite loose and I did as I had seen others do, namely plug the oil pipe coming up from the crankcase and place a grease cup on the top of the 'T' right next to the fan. The shroud went on after some fitting and modification of various holes.

I had been painting the various parts along as I assembled my New-Way, but now came the challenge of the quite elaborate original New-Way paint job. Armed with New-Way sales literature, a photo of a New-Way with original paint, and the photo on the back of the July '97 GEM I tackled the job. I used Dupont Dulux #29609DH green and #2564DH maroon, which were the new paint codes corresponding to those mentioned in Wendel's Notebook. The painting aspect of the restoration took quite a while which included me hand painting on the flowers in their original positions using a brush with a tiny tip. Then faced with the more challenging tasks of the gold pinstriping, I decided to use the stick-on variety. All in all, it turned out quite nicely!

In parallel with the engine, I had started making a truck. I used a furniture grade mahogany 2 x 12 for the truck platform and used maple and oak blocks to set the wheels the proper distance under the platform. The quarter-sawn oak ignition box that I had previously built was then added to the platform. Using excellently constructed wheels and a front axle bolster from Madison Cast Wheel Company, I completed the job. The truck turned out really nicely, too. After finishing it, I took very careful measurements and drilled the four mounting bolt holes through the 2' mahogany top and placed my New-Way onto it. Wow, did my New-Way ever look good on its new truck!

A few days later, and after taking pictures of this beautiful engine, I started it up. It fired right up and ran as beautifully as it looked!

I was proud to add my new New-Way to my display at the 1999 Great Oregon Steamup at the Antique Powerland in Brooks, Oregon. The Great Oregon Steamup is held the last weekend of July and the first weekend of August each year and is an excellent show that is very well attended-in fact it is the largest show on the West Coast. My New-Way caught the eye of quite a few, including professional photographers, and it seemed the most common question was, 'Who did the paint job?'

Finding my New-Way, restoring and then displaying it, has been the fulfillment of a dream I have had for some years now. Of course, like anything else, there is always 'something' to do to anything regardless of level of perfection. Okay you New-Way experts, what's wrong with my New-Way? The pulley is wrong you say? You're right! Now you get to help me find a correct one! Seriously, a lead on an affordable correct pulley would be appreciated.

You are welcome to visit my New-Way and the rest of my collection anytime at my And naturally, I still have my eye out for that affordable twin cylinder model!