Three Restored Engines, Three Favorites
The three restored engines I’d like to tell you about are my three favorites in my collection. I may not have as many as some of you, as I
started collecting them only two years ago. Back in the early
twenties I had a number which were used for sawing wood, pumping
water, grinding feed, etc. I regret that with the coming of
electricity and the tractor that they were either sold on junked.
With more leisure time, I now enjoy collecting and restoring them
to running order.
First is a 6 H.P. Economy which was sold by
Sears-Roebuck Company. It was mounted on a horse-drawn wagon and
used many years for sawing wood, and later it set by a saw mill and
was used for sawing slabs.
Second is a 1/2 H.P. Sattley, sold by
Montgomery Ward Company. It was bought new in 1914 and used for
pumping water and other small jobs. When I got this engine it had
not been run for 31 years.
Third is a 1 1/2 H.P Chore Boy (Air-cooled) and
made by the Waterloo Gas Engine Company of Waterloo, Iowa. It had
been sitting in a pine grove for many years and really set-up when I got
All three of these engines, along with the others in my
collection, are now in good running order. The gas
engines are getting difficult to find and still harder to get the owners to part with them; however, I hope some day to have a
sizable engine collection.
Teen Engine Mechanic
I am 19 years of age and have been interested in steam engines
ever since I could walk. My uncle has a Case 65, 75, and a 36 inch
Red River Special Separator. We threshed two full days last fall
the way they did years ago. I am greatly interested in restoring
portable and traction gas engines. I have restored a great many gas
engines but the steam engine has always been my greatest
For the past two years I have been restoring a 12-20 Rumely, Serial No. 19575. I have not completed it to original
as of yet. Shortly before I brought it home it had been robbed of
every part. Also, it was seized solid and with the head being removed,
made it easier for someone to remove more pieces right down to the
studs in the head. The oil and gas tanks, air breather, oil pumps,
and radiator had been shot full of holes. After the task of
unseizing the engine and finding and making many new parts, I have
it running not too bad as I did a half days threshing with it. I
have it completely painted to original with the exception of
Brownwalls at Old Threshers
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Check out these photos from the 31st annual Prairie Homestead Power Show & Market 2021, with engines from Monitor, John Deere, and more!