Broken Muffler Magic

Look to David Lyon for help with a broken muffler

| December 2011/January 2012

  • The broken muffler before David Lyon got his hands on it
    Here is the broken muffler before David Lyon got his hands on it. 
  • The new muffler on Pat Barrett's 5 HP Economy H
    The new muffler on Pat Barrett’s 5 HP Economy H. The muffler was broken into several pieces, but Pat’s friend David Lyon carefully pieced it back together. The result is a muffler that looks good as new. 

  • The broken muffler before David Lyon got his hands on it
  • The new muffler on Pat Barrett's 5 HP Economy H

This broken muffler story starts with a friend who collects trac­tors. He had decided to thin out some scrap material around his place and sell it. While at the scrap yard, he noticed a flywheel engine and immediately made a bargain for it.

Playing hard to get

Word got around that he had the engine, which turned out to be a 5 HP Economy H. About four months later I happened to see him and mentioned I’d like to have the Economy H engine. He remarked that there were three other people also interested in it who happened to be friends or people I knew, and he was undecided on what to do with it. As time went by, each time I saw him I’d ask him if he’d made a decision on it. “No,” he’d say.

Flywheelin’ and dealin’  

About six months ago, he came in my work place and men­tioned he was hunting a lathe. I told him I had one I needed to part with, and he wanted to see it. After looking it over, his next question was, “What do you want for it?” My reply was “the engine.” We struck a deal about a week later and then he showed up with the Economy H in his truck and I offloaded it, and then loaded the lathe.

I began work on getting it apart as it was stuck (another story about that restoration to fol­low). It was fairly complete with the exception that the original cast muffler was broken. He explained that they had broken the muffler at the scrap yard while unloading it. He assured me that he had all the broken muffler pieces (I hoped).

The magic muffler man  

A few days later, I removed the unbroken part of the muf­fler from the engine and took the pieces and laid them out. I just reflected on the pieces, thinking how senseless this was. Couldn’t someone have been a bit more careful handling this engine?

Sure enough, all the broken muffler pieces were there. I blasted the muffler and bead blasted the pieces, and contacted David Lyon, an engine buddy of mine that lives a few miles away in Hattiesburg, Miss., about repairing it. David said he’d tackle it.