Box 292, Hooper, Nebraska 68031
This is my 3 HP Champion, serial no. 99345, manufactured by Hercules Company and sold under the Champion nameplate by Lininger Implement Company of Omaha, Nebraska around 1917-1919.I purchased it the Camp Creek Swap Meet at Waverly, Nebraska, April of 1990. It was stuck tight, but mostly complete. It appeared to have been around a feed grinder at one time, as it was covered with fine grain dust and grease. I tore it down, stood the block on end and put a block of wood and a hydraulic jack with a chain around it.
I then filled the cylinder with penetrating oil and put a little more pressure on it every day. About 2? weeks later it finally broke loose. The piston was in good shape, but it took a new sleeve and rings. Then I ended up in the hospital, so this was put off for about a year until I got around to having it sandblasted and put back together.
The next thing I learned about an old engine was to check the clearance between the flywheel and any other mechanism. I went to start the engine and just about tore the ends of two of my fingers, as they didn't clear the valve and ignitor push rod. This put off starting the engine again, quite a bit later.
This time, I made a crank for it and got it running. It now runs good and has several coats of new paint. I painstakingly put on the name freehand, and after pin striping, it was ready to go. I want to thank Laurence Dittmer of Shelby, Iowa for giving me some information on the engine, as he has a 6 HP Champion.