Daddy's Associated

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4680 Thoroughbred Drive, N. Charleston, South Carolina 29420

Dad s motor is finally running. It's taken about five years of sporadic working on it to get it going. The sad part is that he never got to see or hear it run-Dad passed away last February.

We bought the motor about September of 1989. We had to buy two, the 1 Associated and the one that I really wanted 3 HP Fuller and Johnson. I was the one looking for a little motor. Daddy really didn't want the little Associated, but the owner wouldn't sell just one without the other, so Dad went ahead and bought the Associated so that I could have the F & J.

Well, Dad took it apart and started on it that year. He got just about everything cleaned up and painted, that he could. He ended up soaking a lot of the parts in some solvent. The motor had been sitting beside a salt box in an old barn for God knows how long before we got it. Naturally, a lot of it was stuck. The rings were stuck to the piston, so they had to be removed and replaced with new ones. The intake valve's stem was almost rusted through, so I replaced it and had a valve job done on the head at Simmons Machine Shop in Charleston, South Carolina.

I finally got the ignitor freed up, but it just wouldn't work right, so I ordered one. When I got it I found that it wasn't quite right, so I swapped around the guts and got it working. Next was the magneto. Daddy had taken the magnets off and I had taken the rest of it apart and everything just seemed hopeless, so I sent it off to a guy in Florida and he put it together the right way for me. I played with it for about three years, but never could get it running. I would get tired and disgusted with it and just leave it alone for months at a time.

I went to the show at Eagleville, Tennessee, on September 10, 1994, and found one about like it, so I took measurements of the ignitor trip and how the cam gear was lined up. When I got back home I changed those things I had found, and low and behold it started!!! It still wasn't running very good, but at least it was doing something! I decided that what I needed was new springs, so I ordered new governor springs, detente lever springs, and made one for the ignitor. I also replaced that little bushing for the detente lever that rides in that little pulley on the crankshaft that operates the governor. I put it all in and cranked it around a few times and the thing actually started. I just wish that Dad was here to see his little Associated running.

I'm starting to get a pretty decent collection started. I have 1923 5 HP Hercules, 1928 3 HP Fuller and Johnson, 2 HP 192? Stover, 192? 3 to 4 HP Nelson Brothers and last the 192? 1 Associated Chore Boy.