1905 International Harvester Engine

| September/October 1999

International Harvester

1905 International Harvester 12 HP engine.

421 Central Manor Road, Mountville, Pennsylvania 17554

This is an International Harvester 1905 12 HP engine, serial No. 0258. I bought the engine from my neighbor Larry Frey of Washington Boro, Pennsylvania, about 20 years ago.

Picture No. 1 shows the engine before it was restored, being pulled through the Mountville, Pennsylvania, parade in 1989. The engine is running. My wife is pulling the engine with her Super 4 cross-mount Huber tractor. I was riding as brakeman.

In 1997 I decided to restore the engine for our 1998 50th Rough and Tumble Anniversary at Kinzers, Pennsylvania.

The No. 2 picture shows the engine ready for sandblasting. The early International engines didn't come with crank covers. Every time the engine was used it got a new coat of oil, which saved the engine from rusting. The engine had a heavy coat of oil and dirt that had to be scraped off before sandblasting.

The early engine came without water pumps or radiators. The water tank was missing, which I had to make.