I Even Bought A Mouse Nest With My Engine!

| January/February 1991

  • 4 HP Upright

  • 4 HP Upright

Box 52, Reading, Vermont 05062.

I thought you might like to see a picture of my 1905 upright IHC, 4 HP.

Before the purists howl, I know the muffler is wrong, as is the circulation pump and the ring around the head. However, it runs just fine!

I had won an Associated Chore Boy in a raffle run by the Vermont Gas and Steam Engine Association. A real nice engine, but all done up and no work for me. So, I traded it plus $100 for the IHC in basket condition. It even had a mouse nest on the piston when I pulled the cracked head!

Early on I belted the thing to my tractor P.T.O. and it started but there was almost zero compression. The rings were tissue thin and the fuel pump needed rebuilding. With that done, I went after piston rings and a 6' x 8' trailer for the shows.

With new rings-.001 oversize- she took off and ran well with a crank start.