On The LIGHTER Side


| October/November 1993



l2717 Shore land Avenue Toledo, Ohio 43611

I do believe that sometimes we must get off the serious bent and touch on the lighter side of life perhaps try for a smile or two.

After reading stories of how to start old iron, I would like to share with you a surefire method I have used many times on old worn-out machinery. And, quite successfully, I might add.

In 1991,1 attended the Portland, Indiana show a fascinating and fun-filled weekend. That's when the bug hit me.

Shortly thereafter, my son-in-law called to ask if I could make a quick trip to Indiana bring the pickup I thought he needed something hauled. On arrival, I was directed to the pole barn. There sat a 1920 ignitor 'M' with a red bow and Father's Day Card attached. Needless to say, I could barely contain my enthusiasm. After nearly breaking my back loading and unloading it, I made a promise to this pile of rusty iron that if it would show any sign of life, I would treat it to a new set of rings, valve grinding with new guides, a decent paint job and oak skids.

After untold hours and many days under a shade tree, nothing! We even cranked it with a half inch electric drill getting only a couple of weak 'woofs'. So I decided it was time to take drastic action. Now I know that when all eke fails, you read the instruction book; but I was well beyond that stage.