Helpful Hints On Purchasing Antique Engines


| March/April 1993



3325 North 65th Street Wausau, Wisconsin 54401.

The enclosed list is to act as a guide. It is in no way complete, because a complete list would have to cover every particular type and style of engine, and even that could be broken down to individual components. This would require several volumes to complete the information!

1. Check for missing parts. It is not uncommon for engines to be missing parts such as the crank guard, muffler, magneto and fuel pump. Take the time to examine the engine closely. There is nothing worse than purchasing an engine and, after taking it home, finding a small but very important part missing.

2. Take a friend along to get a second opinion. Often a second person can see defects that a buyer cannot see due to emotions of a purchase.

3. Beware of homemade parts and made to fit parts. Ask the seller; 99.9% of the collectors are honest and will tell you. I have heard of an inverted Webster engine that was sold, and the only thing Webster on it was the cylinder block. The rest was homemade or robbed off a common engine and made to fit.

4. Check for cracks and welds, particularly the cylinder head, the bottom of the cylinder jacket, and the water pump on engines so equipped. It is more common for an engine to be cracked and welded than not. What is important is the degree of damage and fix ability, or quality of repair if already repaired.