Made From Scratch

By Staff
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Here are examples of the ‘ingenuity’ of our readers
engine buffs who have taken odds and ends, parts from various
engines, and put them together to form a new engine or piece of

This sideshaft engine was built during the winter of 1983-84 by
Earl Rains, 209 N. Olive St., Eldon, Missouri 65026. It has a two
inch bore, 2 inch stroke, and has 12 inch flywheels. It is a very
good running engine and has been displayed by Earl at several shows
in his area.

A tractor and lawn mower that Arnold Walter, of Rt. 1, Boyd,
Minnesota 56218 made from scratch. The motor is a 4-cyUnder
Continental from a 1950IHC baler; the back wheels are from a John
Deere spreader. It has a Ford rear end and a Chevy 3-speed
transmission. The mower is a 3-blade, 50 inch one. Arnold spent
three years, working part-time on this project. He also collects
engines and hand tool grinders.

This one-of-a-kind ‘back yard shop special’ was built by
W. A. Ellis of Rt. 2, Box 117, Talbotton, Georgia 31827. Mr. Ellis
spent two years working in his spare time on his project. The
crankshaft was machined from a solid steel shaft and the cylinder
head was poured at a local foundry. The side frames are all cast
iron from Ellis’ patterns (the foundry would not make
patterns). This engine runs fine and started up on the very first
try. 74-year-old Ellis is retired as a machinist with the
Department of Transportation of the State of Georgia.

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