My Some Kind of Maytag

| November/December 1993

Maytag Engine

3012 S. Catherine Lansing, Michigan 48911

I saw this engine at a flea market in September, 1992. The seller told me it was some kind of Maytag.

The engine was complete with a nice air cleaner. It had no sign of paint on it, but it turned over and had fair compression.

I had its twin at home on my trailer, so I knew it was an early Jacobson lawn mower engine. I cleaned the points, it then had a good spark.

During the winter I took it all apart and found it to be in good condition. When I took the mag off I found some dark gray paint. I cleaned it up, made new gaskets and painted it medium gray. It looked so nice that I went and got my other one and did the same thing.

I know of four other of these engines. One is on a reel type mower, another is on a sickle bar. I think they are at least 60 years old. My engines look the same, but one has a brass gas cap with male threads, the other has female. They both have the same Wico mags. One had two coils, the other has room for two, but only had one. They use the same mags as a Johnson Utilimotor. The one coil seems to work as well as two. The flywheels look the same, but one is cast aluminum, the other one is cast iron. They use Tillotson carbs and Simplex air cleaners.