Almost Finished

| October/November 1992

  • Vertical tank cooled engine

  • Vertical tank cooled engine

2969 Home Street, Wantagh, New York 11793

In the summer of 1990, after years of finding excuses not to go, my wife talked me into going with her to visit her relatives in Finland.

Naturally, being an antique engine collector, and not quite of sound mind, the first thing I did after landing at the Helsinki Airport, (after collecting our luggage and finding my brother-in-law, who was driving up to his house about 200 miles north of Helsinki), was to ask if there was anything up there worth checking out. After thinking a minute (probably about what kind of nut did his sister marry), he mentioned an old diesel engine in the woods on some property belonging to my father-in-law, who had recently retired from the saw mill business, due to a stroke. This sounded interesting, since the price would be right (free).

The next day, off we went to take a look. Fortunately, the engine was located only about 100 feet off the road, in light brush. That far north they don't get the heavy pricker bush overgrowth we know and love around New York State.

At first sight of this creature we saw a vertical tank cooled engine, single cylinder about 8-10 HP, with a mostly intact slop bucket over the top of the cylinder, (fortunately). Closer inspection showed a two cycle, hot bulb type diesel, make unknown at that time, sitting on rotted out skids. It has a cam and push rod operated lubricator for the rod bearing and cylinder wall and grease cups for the main bearings, which turned out to be ball bearings. Amazingly, a little muscle on the flywheel unstuck the engine, which is when I decided this monster was going home with me.

The game plan was to disassemble as much as possible out in the woods, bring it in pieces to my brother-in-law's garage, where some tools were available, and finish disassembling it there. Separating the flywheel from the crank was the only hard part, but with some wood wedges and a few bottle jacks, it got done.


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