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Rolling Restoration

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Bob Naske's 4 HP 1910 Waterloo Boy, resplendent in its preserved state
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When Bob found the engine it was clearly In need of some help.

Just before the big snows hit the Northeast U.S. in December
2002, I brought home this Waterloo Boy as something to keep me busy
during the long winter season. I’m afraid there’s no
amazing story about its acquisition, but anytime a somewhat rare
engine surfaces, it’s certainly noteworthy.

This particular engine sat in the back of a storage garage for
many years. There were, not surprisingly, various items that needed
attention, including a broken exhaust rocker arm, a rusted gas
tank, a bent fuel pipe, a bent mixer pipe, rotten wood, a bent
igniter trip – and it had low compression. Showing serial no.
17784, this 1910 engine was certainly worth getting back to
operating condition, but I wanted to leave its external appearance
as found.

Keeping it Original

Fortunately, we have another 4 HP Waterloo Boy in our family
collection of engines, and I borrowed the exhaust rocker arm from
it to have a new one cast. I straightened all the bent parts –
without anything breaking.

I took the Witry mixer completely apart for cleaning and
inspection, and I found some crushed threads on the short fuel
supply pipe that extends into the air intake. I made a new supply
pipe from brass pipe, and I matched the fuel feed holes, of which
there were only two on this mixer. There were evidently several
variations of this mixer made, as I have seen Witry mixers with
more holes in the fuel feed pipe. The gas tank is a replica of the
original, which was too far-gone to repair and reuse.

I brought the compression back to normal by lapping the valves
and unsticking the rings. I did not remove the cylinder head to lap
the valves, as I wanted to leave the engine as undisturbed and
original as possible. Instead, I removed them once the piston was
out of the way, which was actually quite easy. In keeping with the
used/original theme of the engine, I made the battery/coil box from
old apple crate wood, and some generous fellow engine collectors
who share my love of old iron supplied the hickory skids and
trucks.

The result? A 93-year-old Waterloo Boy is back in operating
condition, for the enjoyment of all old engine enthusiasts –
especially lovers of Waterloos!

Contact engine enthusiast Bob Naske at: 2059 State Hwy. 29,
Johnstown, NY 12095, or e-mail: boblynda@telenet.net

Published on Dec 1, 2003

Gas Engine Magazine

Preserving the History of Internal Combustion Engines