1914 IHC Mogul Project

A collector takes on a restoration project in the form of an IHC Mogul engine.

| February/March 2018

1914 IHC 2-1/2 hp Mogul

Manufacturer: International Harvester Corp., Chicago, IL
Year: 1914
Serial no.: CZ756
Horsepower: 2-1/2 hp @ 500rpm
Bore & stroke: 4-1/8in x 5in
Flywheel dia. & width: 22in x 2-1/4in (flywheel), 5in x 5-1/2in (pulley)
Cooling: Hopper, 4gal capacity
Ignition: Igniter w/low-tension magneto

Bringing a 1914 IHC 2-1/2 hp Mogul back to life

It seems like the conversations we have with collectors and friends can lead to other paths without any forewarning. This is what happened back in the summer of 2012. Little did I know what was about to unfold. 

I had helped some friends of mine, brothers, with some magneto work for their IHC tractors in the past. We have been good friends and always enjoy a good old iron topic conversation when we have a chance. This gives us a chance to take a break from our regular lives and step back in time. Sometimes only a few weeks discussing the “Latest Find,” or decades discussing the latest restoration challenges.

It was in one of these “restoration” conversations that one of the brothers brought up a question that took me a little off guard. “So, do you feel up for a project?” he asked. Well, the curious kid in me started wondering what the heck he was talking about. He had been by my shed/shop quite a few times and knew I tinkered on various old engines, and he wanted me to stop by his place to see something when I got a chance. Well, 10 miles isn’t that far to take a break away from the yard work to see what he was talking about. So, off I went to his place to see what was up.

The Mogul

I pulled up to his shop, where the two brothers had some IHC “F” series tractors in various stages of restoration. Neat shop, and neat old iron. But I digress. We went for a walk to the south of the buildings to a grove of old-growth trees. He said that what he wanted me to look at was out there. In my mind I was thinking, “What the heck is going on?” We came to a pallet with a rusty engine peaking out from under a bushel basket. I lifted the galvanized tub and there was an IHC Mogul. Not a bit of paint was left on it and tree moss was growing on the surfaces of the little engine. Looking things over revealed the nameplate, which read “MOGUL ENGINE,” and it looked fairly complete. The magneto was missing, but the rest was there. And yes, stuck tight as a drum, but there she sat.

“What do you think?” he said, “Are you interested in a project?” “Umm, sure,” I replied, “but how soon would you want it fixed up?” I was thinking to myself that this was not a “fix a couple of things here or there and it is done for ya” type of project. What am I to say? What is he thinking? Well, before thinking much more I said, “Sure it can be fixed up, but it will take a while. Most anything can be brought back to life in due time.”