Helen Bernhardt, 108 Summit Avenue, Sicklerville, New Jersey 08081 was so proud of husband Ed's work on this 7 HP 1918 Economy that she wrote a story, 'Engine Number Four,' about it.
108 Summit Avenue Sicklerville, New Jersey 08081
Gentlemen, start your engines! It's with great pleasure and pride that I once again am writing an article on my husband Ed's newest restored gas engine. As I announced in February's Gas Engine Magazine, 'Just wait 'til you see Engine No. 4!' Well, here it is a 1918 Economy 7 HP engine that was used in a sawmill to cut wood.
This time I wasn't shocked when I first saw the rusty piece of junk. I was with Ed at one of the antique shows when he purchased it, and I knew what he could turn this engine into. As you can see by this month's cover, Engine No. 4 is even more stunning than our Pride & Joy No. 3. I think I'll name this one 'Perfection' because it's as perfect as you can get an engine to look and run. We have been to many shows including Portland, Indiana, and I appreciated looking at all the engines knowing the work and love that goes into them, but I honestly have to say, my husband's engines and wagons are beautiful!
The same work went into this engine, such as sanding and filling with Bondo Fiberglass filler to make it smooth. Ed had to buy a new gas tank, main and rod bearings and wrist bushing. He bought the four 27' diameter spoke wheels at one of the shows we attended, and then went to a scrap iron yard and bought axles and 6' channel iron to make the frame for the wagon. He shaped and welded the iron and then covered it with red oak and topped it with bright diamond plate, and again created a masterpiece wagon to set his engine on.
As of the time of this writing, I don't think there will be an Engine No. 5, as each one seems to be getting bigger and taking more time and labor to complete, but we still have a few more shows to go to and Ed can't resist the challenge of seeing what can be done to a pile of junk.