Throttle Governor to Hit-And-Miss Engine

Ingenious restorer transforms a throttle-governed 1917 6 HP Ingeco Type W into a hit-and-miss beauty

| June/July 2012

  • Throttle Governor to Hit-And-Miss Engine
    Wilbur Taylor with the finished 6 HP Ingeco Type W.
  • 1917 6 HP Ingeco Type W Before Restoration
    The Ingeco before, showing the throttle rod and bare governor.
  • Modified Governor Assembly
    The modified governor assembly showing the detent blade.
  • Economy Speed Change Lever
    The Economy speed change lever, spring hookup and new weights on the governor.
  • New Caterpillar Valves
    The new Caterpillar valves (left) next to the original valves.
  • Top View Economy Speed Change Lever
    Top view showing Economy speed change lever and governor.
  • Governer Speed Change Body Cut In Two
    Wilbur cut the governor speed change body in two. He then butt-welded a 1-inch-by-1-inch piece of angle iron (the shaded portion) to the speed change body so he could mount it on the engine frame. He also cut the tail off the speed change lever, then drilled it for a 1/4-inch bolt to use as a spring hookup.
  • Economy Governor Speed Change
    Wilbur Taylor’s drawing of the Economy governor speed change body before modifying it. The lever is for regulating speed. The detent blade is at the lower left; the screw at lower right is the detent blade adjusting screw, mounted on the detent lever body.
  • Lower Part of Speed Change Body
    This drawing shows the lower part of the speed change body after cutting. Wilbur butt-welded a 1-1/4-inch piece of 1/8-inch flat stock to it, then drilled a 1/4-inch hole through the center to bolt it to the Ingeco governor bracket. Wilbur suggests welding flat stock to the back side, bridging the splice for strength. Not shown is the detent catch he added to the valve pushrod, located as dictated by the detent blade.
  • Make the Engine Run Better
    To help the engine run better, Wilbur drilled and tapped the end of the mixer to 1/8-inch fine thread, then screwed a 1-inch long 1/8-inch bolt drilled through hollow so that fuel passes through to the mixer end (needle and seat are shown in cut-away; bolt at far left). This projects the fuel closer to the intake port; the engine pulls fuel better and runs better.
  • Modified Ingeco Governor Bracket
    This is the modified Ingeco governor bracket. Wilbur welded a piece of angle iron to the bottom of the bracket (shown in black), then drilled a hole corresponding to the upper mounting hole (shown in black) for the Ingeco pushrod arm. He then modified the Ingeco governor rod arm assembly by welding on a tab, with a 1/4-inch hole drilled into the tab so he could connect the rod arm assembly to the lower part of the Economy speed change body and detent lever body. He added a short, 1/4-inch bolt to the outer governor rod arm for a spring hookup, with a spring attached from the rod arm to the speed change lever. The result is the governor rod arm from the Ingeco joined to the lower part of the Economy speed change body, with speed regulated by the Economy governor. It sure didn’t come this way from the factory, but as Wilbur’s videos prove, it works just great.
  • Throttle-Governed Ingeco Type W Into a Hit-And-Miss
    Throttle-governed Ingeco Type W transformed into a Hit-And-Miss

  • Throttle Governor to Hit-And-Miss Engine
  • 1917 6 HP Ingeco Type W Before Restoration
  • Modified Governor Assembly
  • Economy Speed Change Lever
  • New Caterpillar Valves
  • Top View Economy Speed Change Lever
  • Governer Speed Change Body Cut In Two
  • Economy Governor Speed Change
  • Lower Part of Speed Change Body
  • Make the Engine Run Better
  • Modified Ingeco Governor Bracket
  • Throttle-Governed Ingeco Type W Into a Hit-And-Miss

I bought a 1917 6 HP Ingeco Worthington Type W at the Tuckahoe Steam & Gas Assn. Show in Easton, Md., in July 2010. Being raised in my father’s shadow at his boat yard, I had been around this type of engine early enough to remember them on board ships for loading and unloading or winching anchors, saw mills and so on.

The Type W was still on its original wagon, but the wagon stayed in Maryland. Overall, the engine had been well taken care of and only had minor wear — but it had a freeze crack the full length of the underside of the cylinder water jacket. To fix this, I ground out a groove the full length of the crack and welded it up with an acetylene torch and brass.

The engine was complete minus a mag, so I installed a Webster Tri-Polar magneto. The crankshaft was showing just a little wear, but I know running round is better than running square, so I had the crank welded, then turned back to standard. The rod journal was perfect.

Setting up the bearings

When I set up my bearings I use a trick my dad taught me back in the late 1940s/early 1950s. I shim the bearing using 30 weight oil, and when the fit feels right I add cup grease and watch them fly. Seems like magic, but it works.



Of course, the valves and guides were worn out — but a couple of Caterpillar valves did the trick. The Caterpillar valve stems are oversized, so all I had to do was open up the guides to fit larger valve stems. The photo above shows the difference in the size of the stem and length. I cut the stems to length and drilled for pins. Being one piece valves and not expensive makes Caterpillar valves very worthy of these old, large engines. The valve heads were the same size as the old valve heads. An easy fix! I do as many of my own repairs and replacements as I can.

Paint

When I stripped everything apart I looked for old paint on the flywheels. On the block and tank I found white paint, but under the ID tag I found red. I had heard the true color was dark green, but I did not find any anywhere, so I went with red with yellow pinstripes.



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