Nash Engine owned by Todd Ryker of 2 Clay Road, Bethany, CT 06525
2 Clay Road Bethany, CT 06525
One day, while visiting a friend who had some engines, I asked him if he knew of any engines around the area that were for sale. He told me of one that was in a pump house on an old farm. I asked him what kind it was, but he didn't knowhe only knew it was an upright and was missing some parts. So he said 'Why don't you stop and look at it on your way home?', so I did. When I arrived at the farm, I could hardly wait to see the engine. I asked the farmer where the pump house was and he said, 'Go over the hill and you will see it down at the bottom.' So I practically ran to the pump house. There stood a large upright of the likes I had never seen before.
It was free, but some parts were missing. I didn't know what it was, so I asked the farmer, but he didn't know, as he only rented the farm. All he knew was that the owner wanted him to tear down the building. So a deal was struck for the engine and, with the help of a John Deere 350 crawler loader, we were on our way home.
I still wondered what make it was. So I began searching in all my files, looking through Alan King's books, and calling friends but to no availI still didn't know. So there it sat for about three years, with me still wondering about the make.
Then one day another fellow collector stopped by and I showed it to him. He said he thought it might be a Nash engine and all I could think of was the Nash car. I said I never heard of a Nash engine. So then I called my dear friend, George Clark, to see if he had any information on a Nash engine, and he did. He also had some pictures in an old gas engine handbook. Sure enough, it's a 5 HP Nash engine manufactured by the National Meter Co., New York, made around 1900.
Well, now that that problem was solved, the next was the missing parts. The pictures were very vaguehow could I copy parts that I couldn't see? Fortunately, a stroke of luck came when the same collector who told me he thought it was a Nash also told me he knew someone else who had one. I immediately contacted the person, who was very helpful and said I could borrow whatever I needed to. Thus started the long ordeal of borrowing and copying parts needed to restore the Nash back to original condition.
Without the help of my neighbor who owns a foundry, and the expert machining ability and patience of George Clark, none of this would have ever been possible. I'm truly indebted to these fine people!
Well, after all the parts were made and put on, plumbing, cooling, arrangement, painting and trailer were done. The old Nash fired the third time around and hasn't missed a beat yet. It's amazing how smooth this 5 HP engine runs must be those 38' flywheels.
I hope the readers enjoy this story of one more good engine saved from destruction. I would like to correspond with anyone else who owns a Nash engine.