Hobby Heavyweights: Bud Motry

A wealth of restoration tips and tricks


Webster tri polar low-tension magnetos. Bud Motry submitted several articles to GEM about magnetos and gas engine restoration.

Bud Motry

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From the late 1970s through the 1980s, one of the most familiar names in Gas Engine Magazine was Bud Motry. He was a frequent contributor and provided many in-depth articles regarding gas engine restoration.

His booklet "Antique Engine Repair" is often cited as a favorite resource among collectors. That, paired along with the fact that it's been out of print for many years make finding a copy pretty tough.

Bud passed away in April 2008, but he left behind a wealth of information through the articles he submitted to GEM. The following is a categorized list of links to the articles Bud contributed over the years.

Gas engine restoration
• Cost cutting tips on restoring old engines 

How to pour crankshaft main bearings 

• Low-tension magnetos 

• Low-tension magneto timing 

• Magneto identification and testing 

• How to make a high-tension coil tester 

• Antique engine flywheel removal 

• How to remove rusted or frozen pipe plugs, broken studs, cap screws and nuts 

• Babbitt connecting rod bearings 

• Valve and ignition timing of 4-cycle hit-and-miss engines 

• Copper tubing 

Gas engine history
• A brief chronological history of the development of internal combustion engines 

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