| February/March 1986

  • 7 HP Hercules engine

  • 7 HP Hercules engine

RD 6, Box 6369, Stroudsburg, PA 18360

This is the story of my very first engine restoration. I had always wanted an antique engine and one day in March of 1985, I heard an ad on the radio of a 7 HP Hercules engine for sale. I called, and the lady said the engine had belonged to her brother, who had passed away. She said she hated to part with it, as it had been her brother's pride and joy, but she had no use for it. She was very glad to hear I was going to restore it and keep it.

I worked every spare minute I had from March until October to restore it. There was not one part that wasn't taken apart and redone. I had to have new rings made as they were completely worn out. I also had new wrist pins made by a local machine shop. I had to pour new babbit in the main bearings, which took three times, as I had never done this before. I asked three different engine men how to do it before I finally got it right.

When I finally started getting it back together, my son was a big help, as he helped paint it. He is a small engine mechanic and also helped get it running. A few of my engine friends also helped with things I didn't understand how to do.

The frame I made myself. The front wheels were from an old sillage blower and the back wheels were from an old farm wagon. I had to cut the axles down to get the right size.

I made the seat out of walnut wood, and have the name William engraved in red. I have named the engine in memory of my father, William Haney. He was born in 1912 and the engine is a 1912, and, as this is my very first engine, I thought it would be nice to name it after him.