Flywheel Serial Number UF68538

Trade Brand Stattley

Tag 68538

Cooling, Water

Ignition, Wico

Gov. Hit and Miss

Fuel, Gas

Owner, Jeff Baggs, Wyoming e-mail

My Sattley came to me in a rather unique way. I let the local tractor club members know I was interested in an old Hit and Miss engine. Now out here in Wyoming, the old engines are quite a rarity. In the last 5 years I could count on one hand the number of engines I had seen, and none of them were in very good shape. My Grandfather had had one when I was very young, and I remembered how very proud he was of the noisy old thing. A night or two later, a member called and said he had an old Montgomery Wards "STATTLEY" (as he put it) that he would sell. I asked him if it ran, and he said "Oh yeah, it RUNS!". I lined up with him to go see it the following weekend. The next weekend I found myself in his shop where he drug the old engine out from under a workbench. He had acquired the engine thru winning a raffle, where the original owner from Laramie Wyoming had donated it. The original owner said that his father had used it to grind feed in the 30's. He said his dad had quit using it a long time ago, but he started it every so often to keep it from seizing. The son then donated it for the raffle because "it never did run quite right...". We dug it out and it indeed was loose, complete with mag, oiler, grease cups, and everything I knew at that time that an engine needed. Now the current owner is a very meticulous tractor restorer. He has an immaculate tractor collection that is very well cared for. But he never took an interest in the old engine and it was just as he'd brought it home the night of the raffle. His current project was an Oliver 77 that was spit in half and cribbed up waiting for parts. I asked if we could start it, and he said "Sure, lets give it a try!" The original gas tank was nowhere to be found, so we rigged up an empty plastic oil jug and got some fuel. He knew nothing about starting it (advancing the mag, adding water, turning on the oiler, etc..) so he just opened up the needle valve a bit and started cranking on it. After it finally got a charge of fuel and fired, the engine began to RUN! And I do mean RUN!!! It built up it's RPM and was running full out and began jumping across the floor. Ken hollered "SHUT IT OFF!" but I didn't know how! I tried to get to the needle valve not knowing it had a kill switch on the magneto. But it was jumping so much I couldn't get ahold of the needle valve. Now this whole time it is jumping toward the cribbed up Oliver, and is getting dangerously close! I thought we were gonna have a heck of a wreck, but Ken finally got a finger on the kill switch and got it shut down just before we made contact with the Oliver. "I told you it would run!" Ken announced. I was still a bit taken back and it took a few minutes before I could respond. "Yeah, it sure does!"...I replied. Now I hadn't been around an old engine in a long time, but I knew that wasn't right. It sure didn't "Miss" much. That's when I found Harry's site and posted a question or two, and had the experts tell me that the governor needed work. I found a manual for it and told Ken I'd take it. Upon getting it home, I found the pick blade had been chewed to heck and wouldn't catch on the detent. A machinist friend made one up, and I put it on and started cranking. It fired and ran smooth as silk. That was almost three years ago, and the old Sattley is still a source of pride with me. I don't believe my engine had a very rough life and appears to have been retired when the original pick blade wore out. A lot of original paint and the original trucks are still on it. But the trucks bolt holes were wallowed out bad where it bolted on, no doubt from it being run wide open a time or two. I had the trucks built up and a handle and two wheels added. Harry's site taught me that it was a Nelson Brothers version, and it was also from there that I learned of your site. I think it's great what you're doing to preserve what's left of the Nelson Bros history, and hope that one day we know more about their grand story. I now see what fascinated my grandfather in these old engines, and hope my boys do too...

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