A New Holland In February

| November/December 1995

Route 2, Box 87 Concord, Virginia 24538

These are pictures of my 1912 New Holland, horsepower hit and miss engine, serial number 2287, which I purchased in February of 1994.

In December of 1993, I placed an ad in a newspaper looking for old engines. One evening I received a telephone call from an 80 year old gentleman telling me he had a small engine his father had bought that he would be willing to sell. The following weekend I traveled to his home, and there in his shop sat this little engine.

It was missing the muffler, exhaust lever spring, trip rod, and crank guard. Otherwise, it was complete. He had saved the nameplate from the crank guard and both serial numbers on the flywheels matched. The exhaust lever had been broken many years ago, and his father had formed some backing plates and riveted it together. Through some make-shift springs, rod and home-made coil from welding rods and wire, the owner had it in running condition. We agreed upon a price and I headed home with my prize.

I took the engine to a number of shows in Virginia and North Carolina during the summer of 1994, and ran it in the same condition as I had found it. Meanwhile, I located an exhaust lever spring, trip rod, muffler, and made a crank guard from a template that my Florida friend Jack Wolcott furnished.

During this past winter, I completely disassembled the engine, poured a new rod bearing for the crank, and made a bushings and wrist pin for the piston. Not wanting to take away from the original owner's rivet repair work, I welded the exhaust lever together to keep rivets from working loose. Three coats of paint, some pin striping, trucks, and engine is ready for this year's shows.