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Waterloo Boy K Memories

Check out Emma Riese’s impressive restoration of her late father’s 1921 Waterloo Boy K 2hp water-cooled engine.

| December/January 2020

Emma Riese was only 14 years old when she started the restoration of her late father’s 1921 2hp Waterloo Boy, a gift to her mother, Lynda Riese.

1921 2hp Waterloo Boy K

Manufacturer: Waterloo Gasoline Engine Co., Waterloo, Iowa
Year: 1921
Serial no.: 210665
Horsepower: 2hp (no rpm specified)
Bore & Stroke: 3-1/2 x 5in
Flywheels: 18-1/4in x 1-3/4in
Ignition: Webster Magneto with igniter
Governing: Throttle
Fuel: Kerosene
Cooling: Hopper Cooled

After her father, Bryon Riese, died two years ago, Emma Riese landed on an unusual way to pay homage to him: restoring one of Bryon’s gas engines in his memory. She was 14 years old.

The engine’s original tag looks a little worse for wear, but shined up nicely.

And not just any engine, but a rare 1921 Waterloo Boy K 2hp water-cooled engine that Bryon bought to restore for his wife, Lynda, Emma’s mother.

Emma did have something of a background in gas engines. “When I was young, I always went to shows with my dad, helping him load and unload the engines, fill them with oil and grease,” the now-16-year-old high school junior says.


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