Making an 'Old Engine'

| April/May 2001

Piscataqua Road Dover, New Hampshire, 03820-5206

Ed, note: In our February issue we made a huge mistake in Richard Sabol's article, which appeared on pages 16 and 17we failed to include the last page of the manuscript. Here it is, with our apologies.

Various oxidizers for steel, aluminum and brass were also used for the aging of the metals. The art work for the nameplate in photo #5 and illustration #6 was done on the computer. I used the first two initials of my last name, Frank's last name and John's last name to come up with 'Sahire' for the engine tag. The brass plates were silk-screened with enamel paint and then etched in a solution from Radio Shack.

The engine runs well but could use a little more compression. Some of the things still left to do are to make a new intake valve and/or rebush the guide as well.

I may give a try at some gold pin-striping but would have to tone it down or rub it off in areas and maybe go over it with some black or brown to show age and wear. One can scrape down to bare metal in areas and color them using mild acids for rust or pastels with clear-coat. Always use safety glasses and gloves when using harsh chemicals and dispose of them properly. A shiny nick or scratch shows a recent injury to the engine.

Well, I hope this is of some help to those of you who want to make or match a part to an old collectible. The thing to do is research and test these ideas on scrap items before using them on that 1909 'Whatsamabloopit-heim.'