Welcome Back Little Maytag

| April/May 1997

  • Old Maytag to a mechanically sound engine

  • Old Maytag to a mechanically sound engine

3307 Hillman Street, Youngstown, Ohio 44507

The old Maytag engine was different than anything I had seen before. The long retired machinist, for whom I'd been doing some odd jobs, was willing to trade it for a Briggs & Stratton I had grown tired of playing with.

That old Maytag was a challenge to get running, for one so young and inexperienced. It was a 92 single, mounted on an old board with rubber feet. The disk type pick-up tube had no screen and the end would often unscrew itself and allow the disk to tall to the bottom of the tank causing an abrupt stop. Even at my young age I knew the rod bearing was loose and the flywheel hub was cracked, but I still enjoyed it for one summer.

Then one day I was persuaded to trade it to a slightly older friend, for what I can't remember, now. That was over 35 years ago but occasionally over the years I would fondly remember the rattle, the pop and the smoke. I doubted I would ever be able to track it down again. Who knows how many times it could have changed hands over all those years.

Then one day Dad asked me to stop after work to see something. It seems he had spent the day buying engines at an auction in western Pennsylvania. I didn't notice at first, but among ten or so engines sat a tired old Maytag. The same sad original paint, shortened long tank, broken hub, wood base with rubber feet and that really strange pulley, like no other. Thanks to my dad I have my childhood toy back.

I've since restored the old Maytag to a mechanically sound engine, but left some of the differences that make it unique. It now pops and smokes, but doesn't rattle, and is a welcome addition to my engine collection. WELCOME BACK LITTLE MAYTAG!