Maytag Twin (Minus One)

| August/September 1990

Rt 7, Box 82 Goldsboro, NC 27530

I became hooked on old engines and farm equipment after my trip this past year to the 19th Annual Southeast Old Threshers Reunion at Denton, North Carolina. I never knew that there were so many old engines still around, or that there are so many people interested in them. I also acquired my first copy of GEM there. And from then on I was hooked!

Since then I have attended as many of the shows as my work schedule would allow. The more I saw of these unique engines and equipment, I realized that I was not going to be satisfied with being a mere spectator. I am a tinkerer by nature. I realized that these old engines would provide me with the perfect outlet for appeasing this obsession I have to tear things apart and rebuild them.

I began by acquiring several old two cycle engines of the reel lawnmower variety, and now I have three Maytag Twins and a model 92 single in my collection.

While attending the October show in Dunn, North Carolina, I met and talked with Tom Copper of Roxboro, North Carolina, about an engine he was showing that really struck me as an interesting idea for me as a project. Many of you recall Tom's article in the November, 1989 issue of GEM about a 'Pork-N-Beans' hit & miss that he made. He had that engine, as well as a Maytag twin that he had removed one cylinder from, turned it upright, and converted into a single with a large flywheel. I talked to Tom extensively about the engine, as I was quite fascinated with it. I told him that I would like to try to build one using his idea and he offered to help me as much as he could. By the time we left that day, the gears were turning and I began to mentally put this engine together. I worked steadily for the next four months experimenting with different ideas until I was finally satisfied. True to his word, Tom was a tremendous help with a lot of the details. I have had four machinists working on it at one time or another. Carl Graves, Ricky White, Glenn Pate and Ronnie Cline all had great ideas for the project. As the pictures will testify, their ideas were great and they proved themselves to be fantastic machinists! Note the extensive brass trim that they machined and polished for me.

As for the details of the engine, the carb was from a four cycle Briggs. It is a vacujet that has been cut down and converted to a gravity feed type. This is the simplest and most efficient of many different set-ups that I experimented with. I removed the original governor and jet from the Maytag and used the throttle plate and idle screw to control the engine speed. I can idle down to about 400 r.p.m., at which speed it really seems to run well.