'BEFORE' TO 'AFTER'

What It Takes To Go From


| November/December 1996



Hit and Miss Engine

110 Woodrow Avenue Delaware, Ohio 43015

Here are two pictures of the 'before' and 'after' of this restored engine that I now am very pleased to have.

To start at the beginning, I am an antique engine buff who likes nothing better than a good challenge. I have restored a number of small engines such as a Briggs and Stratton, Maytag (both one and two cylinders), and a few others with some degree of success.

As a member of the Delaware County Antique Machinery Association, I let it be known that I was interested in a 'hit and miss' engine that would be a challenge to restore.

My inquiries led me to the Long brothers, Harry and Donald of Ashley. They said they had just what I was looking for. They had purchased the rusty old parts of an engine with the hopes of finding the missing things at the shows and flea markets they attended. After an extended period of time and a fruitless search, they could not find any parts to fit what they thought was the Faultless engine as the nametag on the side said it was. I bought it from them after they had sandblasted the rust off, a job I was not equipped to do.

I thought a good place to start was to get a good reference book and find a picture of this engine. I purchased C. H. Wendel's American Gasoline Engines. With this book as my bible, I started researching and looking for clues to my engine.