Ingeco Model AK Is Reborn

Peter Rooke gives a tired 2-1/2 HP Ingeco Model AK new life with a full restoration — Part 1 of 3

| December 2012/January 2013

  • Ingeco Reborn
    Peter Rooke undertakes the restoration of a 2-1/2 HP Ingeco, no. 14,173.
    Photo By Peter Rooke
  • Ingeco Engine Crank
    The engine crank supporting the cylinder block.
    Photo By Peter Rooke
  • New Valve Head
    Shaping the head of the new valve. 
    Photo By Peter Rooke
  • New Valve Stem
    Cutting a groove in the new valve stem.
    Photo By Peter Rooke
  • New Valve and Old Valve
    The new, completed valve (top) next to the old one. 
    Photo By Peter Rooke
  • Valve Guide
    Drilling out the valve guide.
    Photo By Peter Rooke
  • Needle Valve Body
    The needle valve body. 
    Photo By Peter Rooke
  • Valve Seat
    Grinding the valve seat. 
    Photo By Peter Rooke
  • Original Mixer Repair
    The original mixer repair. 
    Photo By Peter Rooke
  • Cracked Mixer Cleaned Out
    The cracked mixer cleaned out and ready for brazing. 
    Photo By Peter Rooke
  • Finished Mixer Repair
    The finished mixer repair, ready for painting. 
    Photo By Peter Rooke
  • Taper on a New Needle
    Cutting a taper on a new needle. 
    Photo By Peter Rooke
  • Reamer for the New Needle Seat
    The reamer for the needle seat. 
    Photo By Peter Rooke
  • New Needle End Piece
    The new end piece for the needle. 
    Photo By Peter Rooke
  • Repaired Needle Assembly
    The repaired needle assembly. 
    Photo By Peter Rooke
  • Drilling a Brass Slice
    Drilling a brass slice for the pivot pin on the mixer butterfly valve. 
    Photo By Peter Rooke
  • New Butterfly
    The new butterfly, shaped and fitted. 
    Photo By Peter Rooke
  • Muffler Body and Back Plate
    The muffler body and back plate ready for welding. Note the chamfered edge to the back plate. 
    Photo By Peter Rooke
  • Trimming and Chamfering the Faceplate
    Trimming and chamfering the faceplate. 
    Photo By Peter Rooke
  • Baffle After Welding
    The baffle after welding to the faceplate. 
    Photo By Peter Rooke
  • Completed Muffler
    The completed muffler. 
    Photo By Peter Rooke

  • Ingeco Reborn
  • Ingeco Engine Crank
  • New Valve Head
  • New Valve Stem
  • New Valve and Old Valve
  • Valve Guide
  • Needle Valve Body
  • Valve Seat
  • Original Mixer Repair
  • Cracked Mixer Cleaned Out
  • Finished Mixer Repair
  • Taper on a New Needle
  • Reamer for the New Needle Seat
  • New Needle End Piece
  • Repaired Needle Assembly
  • Drilling a Brass Slice
  • New Butterfly
  • Muffler Body and Back Plate
  • Trimming and Chamfering the Faceplate
  • Baffle After Welding
  • Completed Muffler

The International Gas Engine Co. was established in Cudahy, Wis., in 1912 and produced a range of horizontal and vertical engines before being taken over by the Worthington Pump and Machinery Co. in 1916. The Worthington Co. continued to sell Ingeco engines for a while, merely rebadging them, until it produced its own slightly modified engines as the “Type W,” which were phased out by 1921. These engines were supplied either as stationary engines or as farm portables and were mainly throttle-governed and run on kerosene.

This engine, a Model AK, is no. 14,173 and appears to have been made around 1914/1915. The nametag on the engine confirmed the Ingeco name, noting it was sold by the Worthington Pump Co. Ltd. of London. I understand that this engine was originally supplied to operate a water pump on a local county estate, Annesley Hall, located less than 50 miles from me.

When I acquired the engine it appeared in good working condition, but it needed a full restoration as the paint was peeling off in numerous places and the color was not original. At least the engine started and ran, but the mixer needle needed attention as there was a very fine balance of either too much fuel or not enough.

The engine had a sub-frame, indicating it was originally fitted in a fixed location rather than being portable, as portable engines were fitted on carts and did not have sub-frames.



As usual, I wanted to find out more about my purchase. I found that Reed Benton, Wassaic, N.Y., keeps a registry of these engines and he proved most helpful in providing some pictures and measurements that enabled me to build a replica cart and its hardware.

Stripping 

Before starting work, I took photographs from different angles and close-ups of more intricate areas. These would provide a source of reference if I found that there were parts left over when the engine was reassembled! After I removed the more fragile items, like the oiler, greasers and igniter/magneto, one of the first parts I removed was the fuel tank, as it needed to be cleaned out and ventilated before I could repair a leak around the fuel tap. This tank seemed to have been renewed at some time, and except for a problem with the connection to the pipe work it appeared in good condition.



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