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1/2 HP stove leg upright; a 20 year story!


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Default 1/2 HP stove leg upright; a 20 year story!

I have posted pictures of this engine in the past but never shared the backstory until now. When I was a sophomore in High school back in 1997 two friends of mine who are brothers approached me with a cylinder that they found in there grove. I instantly knew that it was for a upright Maytag and was interested in buying it. The connecting rod was broken and the piston seized, but I did not own a upright yet at the time and after a few days of intense negotiation I was able to buy it for the pricey sum of $75.00. When I went to retrieve the rest of the engine I noticed the base was different with little legs, but did not find out till a few weeks later how special this little engine actually was! I restored the engine but was never able to get it to run due to a severely pitted cylinder. The first few pics are after first taking it apart and the next two are taken at the Maytag collectors club meet at Albert City Iowa in 1998. I am on the left stuffing my face in the first pic with my cousin Tim on the right. The next is my cousins Tim, Scott, and me. The engine is restored but just a static display at the time. Not that I didn't try to get it running, I remember having massive blisters on my hands from trying to start it!!
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I had to buy several parts at the time to get try to make it run. Most parts were bought from Bob Blin, and Ralph White? If that is not the right name someone can correct me. It was the good old days with no internet. Just US mail and telephone!! At the time I purchased a connecting rod, crank bushings, de-flooder, pickup tube, and piston rings. I remember heating the cylinder red hot and tossing it in a bucket of cold water!! Crack bang boom is what it sounded like but, no broken parts and the piston came right out!! I sandblasted and painted with automotive paint. Blue and red because at the time that was the common color. I do however remember what looked like silver paint on part of the cylinder when I sandblasted. I took the engine to several shows in the 1998-2000 time frame and had several offers to purchase from me by serious Maytag collectors. One I remember was $3000.00!! I never even considered them. In the last post I mentioned I bought this from my two high school friends. Well...this hobby is addicting and they both became interested in antique engines! Especially Tony, who started a Maytag collection and has always wanted this engine back. These two pictures were taken in 1998 at the Lesuer MN engine show. First is Me and my grandpa Dave Hanson who got me interested in antique engines and tractors back in 1993 when restored our first tractor. A 1935 F-12 farmall. The next is me with my restored model 92 washing machine and the stove leg in the back ground.
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Then life gets in the way, My grandfather passed away in 2000, I went to college and had to grow up and get a job! Although I still collected and tinkered with engines, time was always limited and this engine sat on a shelf collecting dust until 2 years ago when I decided it had sat idle long enough. It was time to get the stove leg running. Here is what she needed: Crankshaft, Connecting rod, and a different cylinder. I was able to find a new connecting rod casting and using my small lathe and a little jury rigging I was able to machine a new one. I found a good used crank for a magneto upright. I had a machine shop weld the end that was threaded and cut a new key way. When I originally installed the new crank bushings not having the correct tools or much experience I cracked the main bearing housing because there was too much interference. I removed the bushings and repaired the main bearing housing by clamping and brazing. Then chucked into my little lathe and turned down. I then found bushings and turned to fit. Here is a couple pics of the repairs. The last and most important part to address was the cylinder. I tried to salvage the original cylinder but after lots of honing, two sets of rings and some JB weld I threw in the towel!! Decided to have the cylinder sleeved by a local machine shop. After two years the job is still not done yet on the original cylinder but was lucky enough to find a good used cylinder and piston at the Lesuer swap meet this year. Thanks Mark Shulaw!! After some honing and new rings I finally had decent compression.
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Here is a few pics after the machine work, primer and new oak skid were complete. Then after a new paint job!!
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After looking at several pictures online of stove leg engines, (all 1 hp models) I could not find a pic of an original battery setup. So here is what I think it most likely looked like. I built original looking batteries using 2 inch pvc pipe and 2 volt rechargeable batteries. Then made a bracket to hold them under the base. I found a nice KW brand ford coil and mounted it using a brass strap.
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Here is a couple pictures of the finished engine. And it is taken on the tailgate of my friend Tony's truck. We did some bartering and the engine now belongs to him again!!! A fitting end to a 20 year story!! But I guess that is not quite the end.... It still has not fired yet!!
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After a little help from an electric motor it is finally running after a 70+ year sleep!! Finally hearing this engine run for the first time was incredible!!

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Default Re: 1/2 HP stove leg upright; a 20 year story!

Travis,

I met you in Albert City in 98'. We talked in length about your engine and the story behind it. Nice restoration job and finish to this chapter of the story! If you are ever south of Albert Lea you can look me up.

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Great story and nice work!!
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Tom, I remember talking to you at Albert City back in 98'. Hard to believe that has been 18 years ago already! I moved to New Prague MN. almost a year ago so I am not too far away. I am going to Branson in a month and if it works out on the way back home I will stop in. Pm me you number and I will get in touch. thanks
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Default Re: 1/2 HP stove leg upright; a 20 year story!

Great story. I enjoyed it very much and reminds me of my Maytag Upright that has been sitting on one of my shelves for the past 5 or 6 years, never heard it run. Time to get it out and bring it back to life. Thanks for the motivation.
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