My New-Way of Engine Restoration


| March/April 2000

  • Model C Engine

  • Great Oregon Steamup
    At the 1999 Great Oregon Steamup.
  • New-Way
    The New-Way 'before.'

  • Model C Engine
  • Great Oregon Steamup
  • New-Way

6548 Lipscomb Street S.E., Salem, Oregon 97301

Deve Brown, 6548 Lipscomb Street S.E., Salem, Oregon 97301 discovered a 'New-Way of Restoration' with this 2.5 HP Model C engine, Serial #1366. See his story inside.

Ever since first seeing a New-Way engine, I knew I had to add one to my collection. I searched for some time, hoping to find an affordably priced twin cylinder model, but soon found out that twin cylinder New-Ways are anything but affordable! So I increased my search to include horizontal single cylinder models and learned that they are very difficult to come by. My expanded search to include vertical models also proved very challenging.

My big break came when I showed up a half-hour early on August 5th, the first day of the 1998 Puget Sound Antique Tractor and Machinery Association Show in Lynden, Washington. The trailer that held 'my' engine, and various other choice pieces of vintage iron, was still covered with a tarp, but I could see my New-Way under there! It was a Model C, Type C, 2.5 HP, serial number 1366. It came with a brand new repro shroud in a box to replace the poorly made one that was on it. I knew I was going to be the proud owner of this engine! I waited around until John, the seller's representative showed up, and I immediately bought it. We loaded my new New-Way in the back of the truck, and after I enjoyed the great show that is put on at Lynden annually, I drove home.



I started checking the engine out and found it was made around 1910 and that it had been restored some years ago, but not to the level of perfection I had in mind. I started to disassemble it and found the fuel tank half full of rust scale and the rod bearing extremely loose. Upon disassembly of the bearing, I noticed it had been rebabbitted, but the job was quite poor and full of bubbles. Now, where to get the rod and cap rebabbitted? I had never done this before. Vintage Engine Machine Works in Spokane, Washington, came through and did a fine job.

While the rod was out at the shop, I cleaned up all the parts, reseated the valves and started the reassembly process as much as I could. When the rod showed up, I hand fit the bearing halves to the journal, which was a bit tricky, seeing as how the journal was tapered and I had no way to true it up. But through using marking ink and a knife, I got it really close! Then I added the piston, new rings from Starbolt, and placed the piston into the freshly honed cylinder. I then propped the engine half open.



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