Another Victim Of The Old Iron Bug


| July/August 1996



Economy Engine

13109 Brest, Southgate, Michigan 48195

This is a story new to all of us. 'HAH-HAH!'

It begins the first weekend of July 1989. I was invited to go to the Pageant of Power at Greenfield Village by a friend of mine. Since I had only seen these engines in museums, I thought it would be interesting.

Needless to say, I loved seeing these pieces of old iron come to life. I was anxious for the second day of the show, so I could see them again. There was something about the way they popped, barked, and smoked. It is as if they are calling out to you. 'THE BUG HAD BITTEN!' A few years and engine shows later, I knew that I had to have one of my own.

Through a fellow engine buddy of mine I acquired my first engine. It's a 1920 Economy hit and miss, serial number 206814. When I got it, the piston and both valves were stuck. The mag and igniter were missing, along with most of the trip mechanism.

The rest of the engine was in pretty good condition, other than the usual rust. Without too much effort the piston and valves were removed. I freed up and cleaned the rings, honed the cylinder, installed new valves and guides, and this put the mechanical part of the engine in working order.