Tom Thumb Restored

| May/June 1991

  • Tom Thumb engine

  • Tom Thumb engine

  • Tom Thumb engine

  • Tom Thumb engine
  • Tom Thumb engine
  • Tom Thumb engine

7625 Harmony Grove Road Wellsville, Pennsylvania 17365

I've just recently restored my 1 HP Tom Thumb engine by International Harvester Company, thanks to information I was able to glean from past issues of Gas Engine Magazine!

This little engine was purchased new by my grandpa back before they had electricity on the farm, to run Grandma's wash machine. And with seven children, I'm sure it received plenty of use.

Since Grandpa had mounted it on an Associated Manufacturers wagon I decided to do the same. This is the second time this particular engine has been worked over. My father put it into working order and ran his corn sheller with it, about thirty years ago, right after getting it from Grandpa. As you can see by the before picture, after sitting around idle all those years it needed major attention again.

As a result of my knowing absolutely nothing about hit and miss engines, I owe all of my success in this restoration endeavor to a distant neighbor, friend and old iron enthusiast 'extraordinaire' by the name of Harvey Myers. It was Harvey's back issues of Gas Engine Magazine (it seemed back to the beginning of time) from which I got the information for some needed replacement parts and an article on rebuilding model-T coils, like the one used in this system. It was while going through all those back issues that I decided to write you. I had hoped to find color pictures and maybe an article on Tom Thumb engines to aid me in deciding on what color and where to paint it, but there just wasn't much available except for two small black and white snapshots. Now it runs very well.


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