Stopping the Engine

| May/June 1995

1905 Ridgeway Lane Hattiesburg, Mississippi 39401

For several years the hobby of restoring gas engines and tractors has directed my attention to how to get them restored and running. Little attention is given to stopping them.

Last week I cranked a restored 1936 F-12 Farmall and a neighbor was almost as excited as I was! We let it run a few minutes and retarded the magneto to stop the engine.

The next morning, the neighbor and a few others drifted by to see the completed tractor and hear it run. The spark was advanced halfway, gas turned on, governor lever pulled back, choke applied, can removed from the exhaust, and I started pulling up on the crank. What happened next? You guessed it. It did not crank! I monkeyed with everything on it and cranked some more. All new guts in the engine, new Champion spark plugs, reworked magneto, it was running 12 hours ago, don't leave me now neighbors; it'll crank soon! After a few more blisters on my hand, the neighbors drifted away, leaving me almost dead from exhaustion and embarrassment, and all alone with a pretty, red, dead tractor.

It must be the magneto is not hot enough. I removed the magneto that was running the 10-20 McCormick Deering and installed it on the F-12. Still no crank. The carburetor was re-moved and gone through again. This did not work.

After the evening meal, a brief stir was made in the day's mail delivery and there was the Gas Engine Magazine dated October. Before bedtime, I got to page 14 and read 'Some 'Tricks' of the Hobby' by Ed G. Page. I reread what he said about spark plugs. (Thanks Ed, you solved my problem).