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| December/January 1996


1480 Clearwater Way Woodland, California 95776

I acquired this IHC Tom Thumb in 1995. It was a 'basket case.' Both flywheels were broken, the crankshaft was bent, and the cylinder was also broken.

The fellow I purchased it from said he was tired of looking at it. He said it made him sick every time he saw it, because it had fallen off his forklift onto a concrete floor causing all of the damage.

With the help of Hit &. Miss, who located a set of flywheels, and Dan Oberholtzer, who makes good quality reproduction parts for this engine, I was able to restore it to its current condition.

I have been restoring antique engines for the past 15 years. It is a great hobby. By far this has been my most difficult restoration.






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