R.R. 2, Haubstadt, Indiana, 47639
In April of 1985 I visited Delbert Rhoades near North Manchester, Indiana. We visited a while like gas engine folks do and looked at several engines he had. He mentioned that he was going to take some things to the spring swap meet at Portland, Indiana. I asked what he was going to sell, and among those things was a 2? HP Ingeco engine. It was mostly apart (that's how he acquired it), and most of the parts were quite rusted. They had been in a bucket that must have sat under a hole in the roof. Most of it was there, but the gas tank, timing gear and cam and the truck wheels were obviously missing. Not considering those and other missing parts a major problem, I bought the engine to be delivered at the Portland show in August. The Ingeco offered the kind of challenge that I enjoy, and the five spoke flywheels also were interesting. Delbert met me at Portland and made delivery. During the show I sorted through the pieces to get some idea of how it would all go back together. I had assumed it was a hit and miss engine since I had had the remains of one several years ago. At some point I found a part that had a throttle butterfly in it - surprise - it turned out to be a throttle governor type.
When we got it all home, it was further disassembled. The iron parts were all sent to Redi-Strip for cleanup and derusting.
Finally, the restoration phase began. New skids were made, suitable axles acquired and a set of 12 inch wheels were ordered from Madison Cast Wheel Company. A new gas tank, a Wizard magneto band and a few other odds and ends were ordered from Starbolt. M. E. Brison provided the decals.
As it turned out, a lot of parts had to be made or rebuilt. These included fuel lines, the side rod, all springs, the inner and outer governor shafts, the spring and trip mechanism for the magneto, valve stems, throttle shaft and butterfly, crank guard, muffler, the spark advance and retard mechanism and numerous other odds and ends.
I advertised for the cam gear and cam with no response. Finally, I located Harold Rigsby at Walnut Grove, Indiana. There I copied the cam shape and the crank guard shape. No stock or used gear could be located so I finally had a local machine shop make the gear and cam for $180.00.
The Wizard magneto turned out to be a challenge too. Not only were the bushings and shaft worn, something must have swelled up because the armature wouldn't clear the inside of the case without dragging. I also had to learn the hard way that the magneto should be charged when fully assembled rather than charging the magnets and then putting the thing together. I'll bet the magneto was disassembled and assembled 50 times before it and the ignitor all worked well together.
We painted it a dark metallic green and then put the gold striping back on following pictures in a catalog reprint.
Finally, we got the whole thing back together, adjusted and functioning. It starts and runs nice but it wheezes as it runs unless the cylinder is kept well oiled. The back half of the cylinder is pitted. In the summer of 1986 we had it at four shows. I was especially proud to take it back to Portland a year later to show Delbert the finished product.