My Winter Project: 3 HP International BOOSTER

| July/August 1999

18230 se 315th Street Auburn, Washington 98092

Traveling near Sandpoint, Idaho, a few years ago, I stumbled across a 3 HP International Booster, manufactured by the International Harvester Company of Chicago, Illinois. The two-cycle engine was sitting in the bushes by a woodshed and was in a sad state of disrepair. I was able to make a deal with the rusty engine's owner and hauled it to my home near Auburn, Washington.

I decided to make this little engine a winter project. The piston was frozen solid and the block was badly broken. The piston had to be broken to take it out. Mike Moyer, a friend and excellent machinist, made a new piston for me out of aluminum. I had to weld up the block and bore and sleeve the cylinder. The gas tank was totally rusted, and Mike Green of Des Moines, Iowa, fabricated a new one of galvanized metal.

The first debut of this engine will be at the Antique Farm Engine & Tractor Show in Roy, Washington, July 10 and 11. I also hope to take it to several northwest shows this summer. Hopefully, I can find out a little more of this engine's history or uses. If anyone has any information, please don't hesitate to contact me.