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Old 07-02-2012, 02:36:56 PM
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Hi all: I too am new here.

I suppose my username says it all. Anything historic trips my trigger.

Presently I only have 3 old engines. I just acquired a 1927 Cushman 2stroke last week and an old Wisconsin several weeks back it has an external magneto. The ID plate on the shroud is really worn and battered but if I'm reading it right it say BKND for the model. About the size of an 8 to 10HP. I am really unsure about the vintage or any other info about the engine.

I also have a Suffolk Iron 75G14 patented 1920 but this engine is either from the 40s or more likely 1962.
I had it running a couple of years ago on the bench and she idles as smooth as can be.

Why? as my wife would ask. I just like old things and I really enjoy repairing and more importantly restoring.

This brings me to my very first question here.

Everyone likes a nice shiney paint job but at what point do we not repaint engines?

IMO. if the original finish is decent then leave well enough alone. If the previous owner of your engine tried to paint it and made that mess, then you should strip down and restore which includes new paint. Correct?
I am now seeking the Johnson Iron Horse with the kick start.
Then all these will keep me busy this winter
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Old 07-02-2012, 04:29:43 PM
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Welcome to the Stak, HB.
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Welcome to the Stak.John
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Welcome to the stak. The answer to your paint question is as varied as the number of people who will answer you. Some of us do not like to unage an engine. Some only like one that has been painted to like new with origional colors. I like a good running engine that looks like it has had a working life. The least favorit of mine is one that has been slicked out till you can not even tell it is cast engine parts. But I like them all. only you can look at your engine and decide what you want when it comes to paint. What ever you do there will be some who like it a lot. Good luck and above all else have fun. Bill K
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Welcome to THE site for anything old & mechanical.

I see you aren't too far away from where most of our local shows take place. Mark July 20th-22nd down and get over to the Country Heritage Park in Milton for the annual All Colour Show. This year is featuring International Harvester Tractors, Implements, Trucks and Engines. Myself and a few other Stakkers will have our engines firing away that weekend and always turns out to be a good time.
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Thanks guys
I actually live about 20 minutes from that park. I've driven by it many times during my travels. Hopefully I'll be able to attend this year's events in Milton.

With respect to the repaints. I hear what you're saying. However, if I find an old piece and someone has ruined it with "their attempt" at painting then I think I reserve the right to make it better, Can't make it much worse. I was always of the belief if the original paint, while slightly worn is still visible as original then leave well enough alone. I'm sure that fits the philosophy of restoration.

Thanks for the welcome. Hope to join you folks on future threads for Q&A
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You will find a lot who agree with on the paint, including me. I have seen some I would paint. Bill K
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Welcome to Stak!.......

But if anything historic trips your trigger you're going to have a stroke here....... .......
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