Desert Upright

By Staff
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30 W. Hilton, Redlands, California 92373

This Maytag upright was found in a dusty corner of the back lot
of a small southern California town antique shop, among pieces of
rusty farm machinery, cylindrical glass gasoline pumps and other
assorted paraphernalia. Mixed with other junk, at first glance
‘air compressor’ came to mind but upon closer inspection,
the interest factor quickly picked up! The little engine was
missing the carb, governor arm and various other items but looked
restorable. Upon disassembly, it was quickly determined that
missing parts were only some of the problems to be dealt with.
Everything that could become loose and worn, was! My qualifications
do not include machining, so after a complete rebuild of bearings,
shaft and a new piston by Jack Guerrie of Longmont, Colorado, and
the correction of a serious compression problem by Maytag expert
extraordinaire Marvin McCullough of Opp, Alabama, the little desert
Maytag now perks along just fine, thank you! The wood base was made
from the scrap end of a laminated beam of the type used in building
construction. The inside of the base is hollowed out to accommodate
the coil and battery.

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