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Need help get a half-Model T stationary engine running

Discussion in 'Stationary Gas and Diesel Engines' started by NoDak, Oct 3, 2018.

  1. NoDak

    NoDak New Member

    Greetings everyone. My dad brought my brother and I to Rollag almost ever year when we were kids and nowadays I still try to get there every couple years. I have something that I need some help getting running that hopefully one day I can display there.

    I bought a cut-down Model T engine from a barn find. I had heard about these modified engines, but never seen one in person or for sale. At first glance, appeared to be in fantastic shape. It looked like it was put away in working condition. I figured that it would not take much to get it running.

    Well I take a chance and buy it from the photos alone. I get it and I find that while it is overall in great shape, there is enough wrong with it that I do not feel comfortable working on this.

    What I am looking for, ideally, is someone who lives within a few hundred miles of Grand Forks, ND who would be willing to get this engine fixed up and running for me. I would of course pay for any parts used and we can talk about money for time required too. I would deliver the engine and pick it up.

    I would love to be able to show this engine off in running condition at the reunion

    Here are some photos.

    Side View 1

    Side View 2

    Front View

    Top View

    Side Closeup

    Fuel Tank

    Rear View

    Here is some of the stuff I know about the engine.

    -Overall appears to be a high quality conversion. Whoever did this knew how to weld.
    -Turns over freely and feels like it has good compression. Probably don't need to take the head off.
    -Electrical will need to be completely redone as far as the wires. The distributor looks like it can be re-used if you can get the wires fastened correctly. The other components seem fine as well
    -Crankcase will need to be flushed. I keep meaning to flush it out and see if there is any sludge buildup, but have just not gotten around to it. Probably don't need to drop the pan?
    -Belt will need to be replaced.
    -Hoses will need to be replaced. Have not checked integrity of the radiator.
    -One side of the mounting for the radiator to the frame is broken.
    -The oil can fuel tank is rusted out at the bottom. I was heartbroken when I saw this, as this feature adds so much character to the engine. I really want this to either be restored or reproduced. This may need to be shipped to someone else to be restored.

    Thank you for any help you can give me.
    craig mattson likes this.
  2. Jerry Christiansen

    Jerry Christiansen Mega Poster WMSTR Lifetime Member

    Hi NoDak,

    Welcome to the WMSTR Forum.

    That is an interesting find. I am not the expert to help you get the engine running, hopefully someone will come by later.

    How rusted out is the bottom of the fuel tank? There are some epoxy products that may be able to fix the tank. The ones I have seen are applied to the inside and are not visible on the outside.

    Jerry Christiansen
  3. M Kerkvliet

    M Kerkvliet WMSTR Past President Administrator WMSTR Lifetime Member


    Great find... I have never seen one.

    I know of the perfect person to work on this thing... He even visits this site from time to time, and has been known to come to the reunion! I will point him to this thread and we'll see what he has to say!
    craig mattson likes this.
  4. NoDak

    NoDak New Member

    Fantastic. Thank you so much. Can't wait to hear from them.

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