| May/June 1990

1095 Woodmoor Drive, Monument, Colorado 80132

I have enjoyed Gas Engine Magazine for several years. I was born and raised on a central Illinois farm, so I have many memories of Old Iron. My lack of space here at home limits the size of iron I can work on. Our recreation room has been converted into the 'Tired Iron Room.'

I play with Maytags. They are not big, beautiful, or rare. They stink a little and smoke alot, but I like them and think they are almost pretty. They are a nice first engine.

A friend of mine, Glen Mallet, had two Maytags in his shed and told me that if I fixed one for him, I could have the other. How could anyone refuse? I picked out the one I wanted and got it running. I called him and told him I had mine running and would fix his next. A month or so later, his was running. He came over, looked at them, said that they looked and sounded good. Since I had so much fun working on them, he gave them both to me. Thanks, Glen!

Next, I bought a pick-up load of junkers from another friend. I went through these and sorted out the ones that could be made whole. The rest were torn down for parts. Everything was sandblasted and painted.

When reassembling the engines, I found I would have one part on and have to take it off to get the next part on. After partially assembling one engine three or four times, I figured out that a sequential procedure was needed. I thought about making a little manual to sell through GEM's ads (everyone can use a little extra cash), but since I was given my first two Maytags, I thought I would pass on the gift of friendship. Here you will find a manual I made up. I hope it will help some of us part-time old iron nuts.