| June/July 1990

Side view before disassembly

1) Side view before disassembly.

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.