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2 Donnacona Crescent Scarborough, Ontario M1E 3P9

I would like to share with the readers of GEM a couple of
pictures of my latest restoration. It is a US Electric generator
set, model M06NW26, serial number 119601. It was made by the United
States Motor Corporation of Oshkosh, Wisconsin in 1947.

When I purchased it last summer it was in good condition
externally with most of its original parts. Mechanically it needed
a connecting rod, valves, carburetor overhaul, piston and
rings.

This engine is water-cooled and was probably fitted in a boat
for use as a 12 volt power source. It could be started with a
battery or the rope pulley to provide the needed electrical power.
It would have been below deck; therefore, lacking proper air
circulation the attached water pump would draw in lake water to
cool the engine, expelling it back into the lake. It features a
Zenith air cleaner, automatic choke and a gasoline recovery system
for catching any flooded gasoline and piping it back to the intake
manifold.

The engine is based on a Briggs and Stratton model NP. All of
the internal parts, engine base, flywheel, carburetor, starter
pulley, shroud, and ignition system are all Briggs parts. So, as
you can see, most Briggs collectors refer to this engine as a
water-cooled Briggs. I do not know whether Briggs did any of the
block and head castings or what role they played in production.

I completely disassembled the engine, glass beaded all of the
metal parts, and repainted it as close to the original colour with
a medium green paint with a hammer tone finish.

The water pump is belt driven with a pulley behind the rope
starter. This water pump circulates enough water to easily cool the
engine.

The only thing left to do on this project is to have some engine
decals made. There was enough of the original decal to have the art
work made. Now, I have to find a shop to print the decals. I was
hoping to correspond with other readers who have one of these
engines with hopes that someone might have a parts or owners manual
for it. I was able to locate a manual but, unfortunately, it does
not cover this exact model.

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