'Uncle Maynard'

Engine after restoration

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Dyke, RR #1, Box 5840, Farmingdale, ME 04344.

Every family must have an 'Uncle Maynard' who is fondly remembered or loved. At my home, 'Let's take Uncle Maynard!' means a moody 3 HP gasoline engine. Yes, it is loved and yet is not above a good argument now and then. Maynard certainly can have a mind of his own and quite often chooses a time when there are people around for one of his 'moods.' But Maynard certainly has come a long way and is actually becoming less of an embarrassment all the time.

Four years ago I found the engine in an old chicken coop that looked as though it at one time housed all the hens in the state of Maine. The engine must have been the favorite roost, and the task of cleaning up the Maynard was a real experience. Surprisingly it showed very little wear with some original paint remaining and enough pinstriping to make patterns. After completely disassembling the engine I painted it maroon which very closely matched the original color. A local automotive supply store had paint chips from old Dupont colors. I found Dupont Dulux #143 DH (National Fleet Color) to be very near the color used by Charles William Stores Company for the Maynard. My friend Elwin 'Doc' Cunningham did some tinkering and the Maynard came to life after who knows how many years.

The engine has made its rounds throughout Maine at various shows and events with the Maine Antique Power Association. Little did 'Uncle Maynard' realize when he was first used in 'nineteen whatever' that he would again sport a shiny new coat and go to work.