Restoring a DeLaval Gas Engine

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Photo courtesy of Roger L. Eshelman, College Springs, Iowa.

Restoring a DeLaval gas engine.

A picture of my 2.5 HP DeLaval (ALPHA) engine. I know very
little about the DeLaval engine line except that they are not an
easy engine to find. When I found this machinery I had no plans of
restoring my DeLaval gas engine but the longer I looked at it the more interested and
challenged I became. I have found I get more satisfaction in
restoring an engine in this condition than the ones that need only
a valve and paint job. I have tackled some rough engines but the
DeLaval is the worst to date. I was lucky that there were no large
parts missing. It had laid on its side for a long time and one side
of the cylinder wall is badly pitted, the piston was stuck tight,
needle valve assembly was gone, and the magneto was broken off and
gone. Various other things were needed also.

I have it running now with a timer and buzzer coil, has good
compression, and runs good. It is an idling engine, Serial No.62364
Type E282 (?).

My father and I have a number of engines and I will be sending
in pictures from time to time of tractors and engines we are

I am working on a 2.5 HP Mogul at the present and am coming
along fine. It was another one of those rough ones that gives you a
sense of accomplishment if and when it fires and runs for the first

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