My Custom Sattley

5 HP Sattley after restoration

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4653 E. Michigan Fresno, California 93703

I am one of those guys who did not have to go engine hunting. My dad bought a 1920, 5 HP Sattley at an auction in Oregon. He kept trying to get me interested in old iron and he gave me the Sattley to get started.

I was lucky the engine was all complete, but it also came with an inch of dried grease and the usual rust. The engine was not stuck.

I have seen my dad's engines and been to many shows. I decided I wanted something different. Being from a younger generation (23) and liking to be different, I decided to give my engine a custom touch.

I completely stripped and sandblasted the engine. I bondoed the base, flywheels and water hopper. Boy! I didn't know what I was getting into. It took me over 100 hours to bondo and refinish these parts.

Every nut, bolt, spring and everything you can think of was chromed, including the pulley. I left the oiler, magneto and grease cups brass.

The engine was painted with three coats of custom, light blue, acrylic enamel with metallic and yellow pin-stripping and three final coats of clear coat. After I built the cart, it too was painted in a darker blue, and I diamond-plated the top.

I also did the usual maintenance, including honing the cylinder, adding new rings, grounding the valves and charging the Wico mag. I reconditioned a couple parts because of wear. Now my Sattley runs as good as it looks.

I joined a newly formed club called 'The San Joaquin Valley Antique Flywheelers' from Fresno, California. I've shown my Sattley at a few shows and have even been asked to display it at a custom car show.

This engine gets a lot of attention and is appreciated by young and old. The Sattley is my pride and joy, but I will never do another like it however, 'never say never.'