MY MASTERPIECE

By Staff
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 45 Prentice St., Taftville, Connecticut 06380

I’ve been collecting gas engines for about nine years, and
during that time I’ve had some thirty engines. Some I liked and
some I bought to trade or sell, to get something I liked.

About two years ago, I found something I really liked. It was a
6 HP Galloway Masterpiece Six mounted on what was left of a saw rig
carriage. The exterior of the engine was extremely rusted.
Surprisingly, the piston was not stuck, but the rings were stuck to
the piston. After hauling the engine home and disassembling it, I
found the only way to free the ignitor and piston rings was to boil
the two in oil, in a cast iron pot, outside. This method proves to
be very effective on parts that are rusted badly, and was taught to
me by a very good friend.

After all the freeing up was done, it was time to start it up
and start it DID, and it ran very smoothly. This Galloway runs
counter-clockwise.

I always like to run any engine for awhile, to get all the bugs
out before any paint is applied. My next step was to rebuild the
saw rig. For that, I used all native oak. After the carriage was
finished, I did the sanding, priming, painting and pin striping and
finished it to its present condition.

The entire project took three months of spare evenings and
weekends and I’m very pleased with the results.

I would like to thank everyone at GEM for putting together a
wonderful magazine that is informative and entertaining. Also a
special thanks to Mr. Wendel for all his wonderful work.

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