The Mogul

| October/November 2000

4660 County Road 134 St. Cloud, Minnesota 56303

Jerome A. Then of 4660 County Road 134 in St. Cloud, Minnesota 56303 tells the story of the restoration of this 1915 4 HP Mogul # EZ1172.

I purchased a 1915 4 HP Mogul, serial # EZ1172, in the summer of 1997. The first winter I owned it, I did not get to do any work on it. It was a running engine, an older restoration, but needed to be restored again. It also was running on propane, which I liked very much because they run so clean.

I started restoration the winter of 1998-99. Mechanically the Mogul was in pretty good shape. I took the magneto to Mitch Malcolm to be rebuilt; he does very nice work.

I ground the valves, cleaned the ignitor, and had some of the nuts and bolts nickel plated. I stripped all the old paint, primed it, and then brush painted it with two coats to get a better finish. I was able to buy the correct color paint at my local N.A.P.A. store. I had the engine pinstriped and then put on the decals. I made new skids for it out of 4'x6' white ash and varnished them with four coats of marine varnish.

A local trailer manufacturer custom-built the little tandem axle trailer complete with crank down stands for display. I then mounted the Mogul on the trailer using six 5/8' bolts going through the trailer frame. I also mounted a plastic work box, the kind you see in pickup beds, behind the engine to store the propane tank, tools, etc.