Restoration Is Easier Than Writing Stories

1 HP Moghul

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4660 County Road 134 St. Cloud, Minnesota 56303

For me it is easier to restore engines than to write stories about the restoration.

I acquired my little 1 HP Mogul (right) at an engine auction in November of 1994. It was complete, but the crankshaft was damaged almost beyond repair, and so were the timing gear and the fuel pump. It also needed a new exhaust valve and the ignitor to be rebuilt.

Mr. Merlyn Johnson and his father, Lester, of St. James, Minnesota, and Lighting Magneto of Ottertail, Minnesota, were a great help in the Mogul's restoration. It is mounted on an International truck, and I believe the paint to be the correct color.

It starts very easily and runs nice and smooth. I took it to several shows this past fall. People enjoyed seeing it run.

I bought the 1 HP McCormick Deering shown at left at a flea market. It caught my eye because it had an American Bosch magneto.

During its restoration I ground the valves, installed new rings, and repaired the fuel pump, as well as the mixer. The engine starts easily and runs well. It is primed with Rustoleum and brush painted with three coats of Rustoleum Hunter Green.

The skids are made of white ash, and a wood burner was used to do the lettering. It is mounted on an International truck.

According to the serial number, it was manufactured about 1924.

I am now working on a 5 HP Galloway, but that is another story.

I really enjoy the hobby and Gas Engine Magazine. I am always looking forward to the next project with its challenges, because it is very satisfying to bring these old engines back to life.