888 South Maurine Idaho Falls, Idaho 83401
I have always respected those interested in the restoration of antiques. I believe these are the people who want to maintain a part of the old heritage, and can appreciate the hard times of our ancestors.
I have always had the desire for collecting antiques that I can afford, and managed to restore a 1929 Model A Ford pickup in 1985. When I visited the Sacramento State Fair a couple of years ago I got to see a large number of restored engines that kindled my Interest in rebuilding one for myself.
In conveying the interest to my father-in-law 'Buck' Spevak, of Rupert, Idaho, he volunteered a Model 92 single cylinder Maytag that had been stored in his tool shed. This engine was part of the Maytag washer his parents had purchased in 1936, and had served their family very well until it was retired to the corner of the shed, where it spent many years collecting dirt and cobwebs. I wrapped the grease covered engine in burlap and set off for my home to try to give this engine a second life, extending its own history. Since I didn't know much about the engine I contacted my good friend Ira House from Shelly, Idaho, who has restored several engines of his own. He was kind enough to provide me with a Maytag service manual, and gave me much needed encouragement.
After much degreasing, cleaning, and inspection, I found that it wasn't going to require much to put it back to its original state.
I proceeded to have one hold down leg welded by Engine Machine Welding of Idaho Falls, Idaho. Then I bought the required engine components from vendors who advertise in this magazine: Unique Wood & Metal Products, and Simpson Motors. I also bought a new oak skid kit from Robert Alberts.
After much sanding, final cleaning and painting, I began reassembling the engine. This didn't take long with attention only to the ignition and carburetion systems. Since the engine had not run for many years, it was hard to get started the first time, but it now kicks off with very little trouble. I found it very gratifying to complete the task, and now I have another piece of history that I can listen to 'POP' away!
My next engine adventure is to begin the rebuilding of a Fairbanks Morse Jack Junior which I acquired from a past employer near Grand Coulee, Washington. If any of you readers have any information or suggestions pertaining to this particular engine, I would appreciate your input.