RESTORING A 2 HP SATTLEY ENGINE


| June/July 1990

  • Side view before disassembly
    1) Side view before disassembly.
  • Brass sleeve
    9) Machined exhaust push rod and brass sleeve.
  • Homemade lever
    10) Homemade lever to convert to hit & miss operation.
  • Attempting an Engine Restoration

  • Hit and miss conversion lever on the engine
    11) Hit and miss conversion lever on the engine.
  • Locking bolt and nut
    12) Locking bolt and nut on the flywheel hub.
  • Front view before disassembly
    2) Front view before disassembly.
  • Rusted cylinder
    3) From rear, showing rusted cylinder and frozen piston.
  • Broken exhaust pivot bracket
    4) Head, showing the broken exhaust pivot bracket.
  • Head with bolted-on exhaust pivot bracket
    5) Head with bolted-on exhaust pivot bracket.
  • Rebuilt carburetor
    6) Rebuilt carburetor intake diaphragm.
  • Needle valves
    7) New and original needle valves.
  • Exhaust push rod
    8) Exhaust push rod and retaining washers on engine.

  • Side view before disassembly
  • Brass sleeve
  • Homemade lever
  • Attempting an Engine Restoration
  • Hit and miss conversion lever on the engine
  • Locking bolt and nut
  • Front view before disassembly
  • Rusted cylinder
  • Broken exhaust pivot bracket
  • Head with bolted-on exhaust pivot bracket
  • Rebuilt carburetor
  • Needle valves
  • Exhaust push rod

662 Lambeth Court, Sunnyvale, CA 94087

I had never seen a hit and miss engine before I bought the Sattley as a 'pile of rust and broken parts'. I was able to restore it to running condition in four months of part time work on weekends. Since there are probably others who would like to restore an engine but are concerned about the being able to, I wrote an article on my experience to show that restoration can be a no-experience-needed hobby. I mention the use of a lathe to fix some parts, but I am not a professional machinist and am entirely self-taught in the use of machine tools.

Tools and Basic background information needed. If you want to restore an old engine it is very helpful to have worked on a gasoline engine before. Just by doing a tune-up on your car you learn about engine timing.

The more types of automotive engine repairs you have done, the more familiar with old hit and miss engines you will be.



You should have a reasonable set of tools: a set of socket wrenches, several hammers, several kinds of pliers, a set of screw drivers, a set of open end wrenches, one or two adjustable wrenches, metal chisels, metal files of different sizes, an electric drill, a full set of metal drill bits from 1/16' to ? in 1/64' steps, and a propane or MAPP gas torch are a minimum. I made extensive use of my small bench drill press, and a wire brush attachment for my electric drill. You most likely will need to buy several taps and dies.

Some background reading before attempting an engine restoration is helpful. GEM is one source of good ideas for engine restoration and ads for parts and services suppliers dedicated to restoration. I recommend Guide to Antique Engine Repair by Bud Motry. It is advertised regularly in this magazine and is easily worth its $7.00 price.



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