Around the Corner: 1926 6hp McCormick-Deering Type M

| 1/14/2019 3:00:00 PM

They're still out there: 1926 6hp McCormick-Deering Type M sees light for the first time in years after being found in an abandoned building.

The engine as it looks now. (Photos courtesy of Robert Meyers).

Manufacturer: International Harvester Co., Chicago, IL
Year: 1926
Serial No.: CW4501
Horsepower: 6hp @ 550rpm
Bore & stroke: 4-3/4in x 8in
Flywheel: 23in x 3in
Ignition: Spark plug w/Wico EK high-tension magneto
Fuel: Kerosene/gasoline
Governing: Volume
Cooling: Hopper

I must say that I work for the greatest men in the world! As a part of my job, I often do demolition. Recently, I did a demo job in Michigan and there were several buildings on this project, including a collapsing boathouse. As usual, I always search for good things left behind. And as fate would have it, around the corner under the steps in this boathouse sat a 1926 McCormick-Deering engine. My boss, being generous and knowing my affinity for International Harvester, gave it to me. This will be my barn find story of the year.

The M's hiding place, under a set of stairs in an abandoned building.

Amazingly, it looked complete and in fairly good condition. I assumed after sitting so long it would be stuck, but it wasn’t. What a plus! That evening I knocked down a wall, hooked a chain onto it, and pulled the engine out into the sunlight after a long nap. Among the rubble of the dilapidated building was the original muffler, the crank handle, and two belt pulleys.


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