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Old 06-28-2015, 08:20 PM   #1
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Anyone else interested in old engines?

Last week I picked up a McCormick-Deering 2.5 HP engine. I haven't pin down the build year yet but figure around 1923-27


The engine hasn't run in several years so I drained and cleaned the fuel tank, went through the electrical system which consist of an ignition magneto, spark plug wire, and spark plug. I greased the bearings and oiled the cylinder, all oiling is done manually. The engine is all cast iron and weighs around 500lbs.


A video of the first starting attempt. Enjoy!

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Old 06-29-2015, 04:30 AM   #2
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I don't have one, But I love those old engines. If I didn't have so many hobbies now, I would probably have one or two. At the local fair that I go to, You can always find me hanging around with the antique people.

 

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Old 06-29-2015, 08:09 AM   #3
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We have a show a couple times a year at our local airport this is where I became interested in stationary engines . Along with the McCormick-Deering I also picked up a 1921 Ottawa 3.5hp, and 1920 Novo 3hp. The lot was too good a price to pass up. The Ottawa was purchased new by the sellers grandfather.

 

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Is that what they call a Hit & Miss engine? Great fun to see the old technology still alive like that. It reminds me of the old John Deer tractor my neighbors had. Big flywheel similar sputter wheezing sound and the old girl got the job done around the farm too. Of course I haven't seen that tractor in 30 years, it was beautifully taken care of then so I'm sure it's still around somewhere.

 

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That's exactly what they're referred to as Hedge. NICE Posi!

Keep an oil can handy and keep it wet. That one seems to run very well. Heck they'd come apart if they hit every time they were suppose to!


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Thanks,

I rebuilt the fuel pump on my 1925 3HP McCormick-Deering after I found one of the two check balls stuck causing a no fuel issue.





The PO purchased a new rocker arm but never installed it (the original one had a repair that didn't hold up).
I noticed the new one didn't have a pin to hold the rocker spring.

New on left


I made a pin from the end of a u-bolt strap.



Knocked off the rust




 

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Update,
I had a fuel delivery problem with my McCormick-Deering 3hp engine
Pulled the tank and found a blocked pickup tube
Also noticed someone had previously replaced the tank
Has a price tag, but their going for $70-$80 now.



Pickup tube





After cleaning



Threw some bolts in the tank to clean it out, then flushed with fresh gas.



Also cleaned the mixer (carb) and set the valve, and ignition timing.

The engine can now run all day long if I choose, running smooth, and steady, not bad for an almost 91 year old engine.

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I am completely fascinated by old engines like this and old steam engines. Awesome thread

 

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Old 09-23-2017, 01:29 PM   #9
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Started working on my 1921 Ottawa 3.5HP hit or miss engine.
Been sitting about 7 years or longer.
The carb isn't original to the engine it's a gravity fed with a float.
It's a Schebler carb, simple, well respected, with a long history of trouble free use.
Mostly used in marine engines.
Technically it's a Schebler not-off made by Monarch Valve company in NY.

George Schebler 1911 ca








I removed the carb for inspection and cleaning. Note the solid tube at the bottom of the bowl. This is a fuel adjustment needle you would turn in for less fuel and out for more.



I found the cork float to be in bad shape (most likely original)
I ordered a new one that should be in Monday or Tuesday.







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