Newcomer To the Hobby

McCormick-Deering Engine

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R.R. 1, Box 237 Kerhonkson, New York 12446

I am 26 years of age and I have always had an interest in antique engines and tractors and attended a few engine shows since I was a teenager.

In October, 1993, I purchased my first engine at the antique car show in Hershey, Pennsylvania, at the Fall Meet. It was a 1 HP McCormick-Deering, Type M, Serial AW 1068. I was not sure exactly how everything worked on it. It steered okay, and all the parts were there under all that dust and oil. I asked the man if it ran. He said it had run a few years ago, so I made a deal with him, loaded it on my truck and took it home, where I unloaded it in front of the garage door.

When my parents got home, my mother asked, 'What's that old thing?' My father said, 'It's an engine.' He looked it over for some time. I told him all about it and he said, 'We'll see if we can get it to run next weekend.'

During the week my father and I degreased it and got all the parts working smoothly, but it did take a couple of days. The following weekend finally came for the big test. Will it run or not? We poured some gas in the carburetor and I started to crank it over. After a few more cranks smoke started to come out of the muffler. After some more cranking, all of a sudden bang! It went! And it started to run. I ran to my mother to show her.

Over the winter months I completely went over everything and replaced anything that needed to be replaced with the help of my father and Hit & Miss Enterprises. I then painted part after part and put it back together.

My father made the oak truck for it by hand and ordered the cast wheel kit for it.

During the first six months of my new hobby I purchased any book I could about gas engines and I bought two more engines: A 6 HP Fairbanks-Morse Z from a friend and a 3 HP Associated at an auction with my father.

I took my McCormick-Deering and Associated engines to the Hudson Valley Antique Engine Show in Rhinebeck, New York. I had a great time! I got to talk to a lot of people and learned a lot. I was proud of my accomplishment of restoring my engine. I'd like to thank my mom for the use of the garage space for her car and my father for all the help on my engine and for building the truck.

I have to say that I think I'm hooked it's not easy just owning one engine!