CLOSE TO HOME ENGINE


| October/November 1994



6 HP M Engine

The 6 HP M as found.

484 Twp. Road 232 Sullivan, Ohio 44880

I found it pays to check close to home for engines.

In the winter of 1990, while I was restoring a John Deere E, my neighbor (a retired well driller) saw my engine and told me he had an old IHC engine in the back of his storage lot that he wanted to sell. We went to his lot, which is less than a thousand feet from my barn, and there he showed me a 6 HP IHC mounted on a sled made of pipe. Also on the sled was a Myers 4x5 Bulldozer water pump, which was roller chain driven from the M. This had been used to pump water from streams to his drilling rigs.

Trees were growing up around the unit, so after buying it, we cut down the trees, and his son winched it out with his winch truck. I have lived here for 31 years, and never knew an engine existed in there, because of the underbrush. After cleaning the trash off, I found the serial number plate CW 6498, which makes it a 1926. It has a Wico PR mag in place of the original EK.

After a thorough cleaning and drying, it had a very hot spark. The piston was stuck, so I pulled the cylinder head, got the piston loose, replaced the rings, connecting rod bearing, exhaust valve, and one needle valve in the mixer.

The fuel pump was missing, so I used a Chevrolet fuel pump and made an arm extension with a fork on the end to go over the exhaust push rod. The bracket was of angle iron bolted over the two front engine base bolts. On the push rod I put a collar to push against the fork on the fuel pump extension arm. This is far from original, but works well.