Putting the Finishing Touches on a Fine Engine
Bob Naske's 1913 2 HP, s/n P3430, New Holland. Practice makes perfect, as Bob found out applying his own striping to the engine and truck.
In the few years that I have been I interested in old engines I do not remember seeing any New Holland engines at shows north of the Pennsylvania border - especially so here in eastern New York! So in looking for a different engine to display in this area, I began to search for a small New Holland. I looked for a HP, but thought they might be a bit overpriced, and the 1 HP with its single flywheel was very difficult to find. So, through an internet acquaintance I purchased this 1913 2 HP, s/n P3430, in Maryland.
It was painted an incorrect bright red and was on a set of homemade steel trucks. After getting it home it sat in a corner for several months while other engines were brought back to life. Every time I looked at the new Holland, with its incorrect color and ugly (but well built) trucks, I said I should do something with that engine sometime! After finishing another engine the decision was made to fix up the New Holland real nice - as nice as my artist wife and me the mechanic were able to do.
So it all started with a call to a Gas Engine Magazine advertiser - Mr. Cliff Moyer in New Holland country. He is a very knowledgeable and helpful New Holland collector who sent me a lot of information, pictures and some parts. Mechanically the engine needed a new muffler and a gas tank cleaning.
At that point I knew that an engine of this quality should have a nice set of skids, or better yet some wheels under it. Mr. Moyer was able to locate a reproduction set of New Holland number 11 trucks in new, unfinished condition. A summer weekend trip to get the trucks, see his New Holland collection and enjoy the beautiful country of eastern Pennsylvania was most enjoyable.
Play time over, time to get to work. The engine and new trucks were painted a dark burgundy. Before the burgundy paint was applied I could see sections of the original striping under the incorrect red, so we had a partial pattern for our striping. I have noticed variations in striping in the literature we have, so could it be that the original stripers were given the freedom to vary the patterns a little to suit their particular style? In getting estimates for striping I found prices in the $200 range, and even then I couldn't be sure of an accurate job, even with the pictures I would provide. So I purchased a Beugler paint striping wheel for less than the price of an unknown stripe job. And then it was practice, practice, and more practice!
From the pictures of Mr. Moyer's trucks I enlarged the lettering and swirl design on my computer to make a stencil for accurate looking results on my trucks. My artist wife has a steadier hand, so she did all the curved designs while I did straight line and layout work. So the trucks and engine are all hand painted with the uniformity of a stencil and a striping wheel. Approximately six hours were spent on lettering and striping.
An original size New Holland battery box was a very tight fit on number 11 trucks with this size engine, so I opted for a smaller and beautifully made oak box from Mr. Edgar Shofestall, also in Pennsylvania.
We all have engines that we have put a lot of time into and this one is no exception. But obviously the new Holland Machine Co. put a lot of effort into their products, and 1 wanted to have accurate results on one of the 'Cadillacs' of engines.
Contact engine enthusiast Bob Naske at: 2059 State Hwy 29, Johnstown, NY 12095.