Let the Sun Shine

In the dead of winter, a little sunshine-painted International can’t hurt

| December 2006

This engine is a 1947 International LB, 1-1/2 to 2-1/2 HP with serial no. 116923. I acquired it as a non-running unit, with several coats of red paint that had been applied over old grease and dirt. I resolved a few minor technical issues, including making new felt seals, freeing a seized governor plunger pin, cleaning the fuel system and adjusting ignition timing.

Since several LA/LB engines reside in my collection, both original paint and rusty ones, it was time for a shiny one. After seeing a friend's nice-looking orange Witte, I thought if he had the nerve to do that, I would step out and do an engine yellow, as I always wanted a yellow engine! And what better candidate could be found than a common small International LB?

So I partially disassembled the engine and completely stripped all the paint, grease and dirt with chemical paint stripper. I then filled some of the rough castings with auto body filler. Several coats of primer/sealer followed and after a week of curing, I applied five coats of John Deere yellow. Correct IH decals and some brass hardware added the final details along with a super-quiet muffler.

Contact BobNaske at: 2059 state Highway 29, Johnstown,NY 12095; pulleypower@frontiernet.net