Letters and Miscellanies

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Wayne Grenning’s 2-1/2 HP Cook before (left) and “un-restored” (below).

At this point in my engine career, I will not repaint an engine
unless it has been repainted before. Much is destroyed when
repainting, even if there is little or no paint left. Mechanical
restorations are done as needed.

Wayne Grenning, of Lockport, N.Y., takes this idea one step
further. He will actually un-restore an engine.

Here are two photos of a 2-1/2 HP Cook, circa 1903, that he
owns. The before photo is the one with the oak cart and the fresh
coat of green paint. The after photo shows the results of his
“un-restoration.” Through a process known only to him, he
reproduced the patina of an engine that has been neglected for many
years. There is a large frost crack in the side of the cylinder
that has been brazed shut, but you would have to know it was there
in order to see it after the treatment he gave the engine. Woody
Sins, 3 Edna Terrace, New Hartford, NY 13413;

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