1938 1-1/2 HP John Deere Engine

Engines A to Z: 1938 1-1/2 HP John Deere Model E engine

| December/January 2015

  • 1938 1-1/2 HP John Deere engine
    This 1938 1-1/2 hp John Deere is owned by Ken Butterworth of Lebanon, Ohio.
    Photo courtesy Ken Butterworth

  • 1938 1-1/2 HP John Deere engine

Manufacturer: John Deere, Waterloo, Iowa
Year: 1938
Serial number: 346162
HP: 1-1/2
Bore: 3-1/2-inch
Stroke: 4-1/2-inch
Flywheel width: 1-1/2 inches
Flywheel diameter: 17-1/2 inches
Weight: 226 pounds
Ignition: Hit-and-miss igniter with a low-tension magneto
Governing: The balls of the governor rotate inside a cup of oil and splash oil to all parts of the engine. It is a hit-and-miss engine.
Additional info: “I bought this engine in February 1992,” Ken Butterworth says. “It was a basket case. I spent many hours rehabbing the engine. I had lots of help from Rob Brill from Xenia, Ohio. The reproduction cart was made by Robert D. Campbell, Eagle Grove, Iowa. The pulley was obtained from Jim Elwood at the Portland show.”

Owner: Ken Butterworth, 2821 Wilmington Rd., Lebanon, OH 45036; kenbutterworth@yahoo.com

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