How Your Hobby Started Part XXVI

| May/June 1973

Economy Engine

Courtesy of Carleton M. Mull, 3904-47th Avenue S. Seattle, Washington 98118

Carleton M. Mull

3904-47th Avenue S., Seattle, Washington 98118

Since writing the twenty-fifth chapter of this story reporting engineering specifications and historical data of gasoline engines, much time was spent this winter restoring my 'one and only' 1-1/2 HP Economy engine. It was in junk condition when my grandsons found it out in the woods, completely rusted inside and out. It was difficult to distinguish what it was until all of the pine needles and dirt was removed. It was complete, with exception of the Webster magneto and a crank. My good friend, Claude Knudson of Gully, Minnesota supplied me with a magneto and I am still looking for a starting crank.

It required great pressure and a lot of solvents to remove the stuck piston. Then it was found that the drain cock had been closed when the engine was last used, and the rains filled with hopper which froze and cracked the water jacket under the cylinder. Another good friend and neighbor, Allen Von Rueden, repaired the damage.

After several coats of Plastic-Kote 'Grease-Go' degreaser and Naval Jelly to remove the rust, it was ready for a priming coat of Sherwin Williams rust control paint. With engine completely disassembled, each part was painted.

Then the engine was assembled, checking each part to see that it fit, and making several small parts that were rusted so badly that they could not be used. New valve springs were made by Gordan Nelson of Gor-Nel Co. (see picture).

Such projects make retirement days and weeks pass very pleasantly during the winter. As soon as the days get warmer and the spring work is completed on the rose gardens, we will have the engine outside and get it running to make a little noise and excitement here in this otherwise quiet city neighborhood.