This is my 1919 3 horsepower International Harvester Company Model M engine, after restoration and painting.

I've still got a few little things to do to it, but it's pretty much finished. It's a really good runner! I'm going to mount it on a cart soon, so I can bring it in out of the weather instead of having to cover it up outside. I'll make some new pictures and put them up when I do. This is one of my favorite engines, and the second one in my collection. I bought it in 1974, running but in sad shape. I've neglected it for quite a few years, having moved away leaving it stored (outside) at my parents' house with my attention focused on other priorities of life. I've just finally gotten around to it. This engine starts on gasoline poured in the "mixer" or carburetor, then switches to kerosene after it's warmed up a little. Since these pictures were made, I have restored the water line from the cooling water hopper to the left jet on the mixer. The purpose of feeding water into the engine is to keep it from knocking (detonating) under load when it's hot and running on kerosene. Kerosene has a very low octane number, only in the range of 15-25! It was a cheap and universally available fuel when this engine was built, unlike gasoline. Engines like this were used to power all sorts of equipment around the farm. Things like saws, pumps, feed grinders, silage cutters, corn shellers, cream separators, concrete mixers, generators, small grist mills...

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