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


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


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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.

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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.

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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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