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I finally finished the truck for my McCormick-Deering model M engine. It is made from Chestnut and finished with clear lacquer. It is running in the 6th photo. I have 2 videos of it running but I cannot transfer them from the camera file for some reason.The lettering on the side frame were done by Mike at Awards Pro.

Here are more photos taken of the build process:
I use a lot of T nuts rather than carriage bolts


The top boards were doweled in place to maintain the engine mount bolt location.



Looks like a kit here!!


The wheels and steering were real sloppy so I tightened them up a bit.
Added a 2" bearing to the steering. The bolt was bent real bad when I took it apart.




The wheels were bored and sleeved with bronze bushing. Went from 1/8" clearance to .005"



This is the "before" picture.


And finally here is the you Tube video of the engine running:

Cheers, Jim

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Awesome restoration Jim.
 

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That is just COOL!!!!
 

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Great Jim, That is built very well. You are right, it does look like a kit. The t nuts are excellent to use on a lot of projects. I wish I could get a great deal on them, I would use them more. Is that the same hit and miss engine you were working on before or another?
 

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That is a neat wagon for our Hit and Miss engine. I have a friend who collects, restores & sells those toys. Really neat. You did a good job.

I tried the link you supplied but I think it will only work for you as it asked me for a signing/password.

Keep trying to upload the video. I love to watch and hear those engines run.
 

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Very nice work well restored and agree the tee nuts are the way to go ( the only time I get them is if they are in timber I am dismantling!) very expensive ther too, will have to check out ebay!!
 

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Thank you all for the nice comments. Now I need to make a small trailer to take it to old engine shows.

Hi Dave, that is the same engine I bought last year. I know a guy who has a little Maytag engine and he offered it to me for $80 but I don't need another one. I don't know them that well enough to know if it is all there!

Hi Alex. if you want to see the video, I found that I can send it via E mail. If you send me your E mail in a PM, I'll send it to you.. for some reason Picasa3 did not import videos this time. I checked on line and a lot of people are complaining about that.

Hi Rob. TheY mens club has White Elephant sale each year where they seel all kinds of stuff and lots of fasteners. I bought a lot of T nuts in bags for $6 a bag for over a humdred in each bag.

cheers, Jim
 

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Wonderful to see it finally all together and running Jim.
Great job there mate.
Well done.

Bob.
 

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Thanks, Bob. I have to mount a few drip pans under it to catch the drippings especially from the crankcase ventilator.Ii put a big can under it when it was running to keep it from dumping oil on the ground or the driveway . When I redesigned this truck frame I positioned all the frame members to miss the drains ( gas, water and crankcase oil) I shortened the front frame members and moved the axle forward so it could be turned more easily and it really helped maneuvering in the barn. Taking the slop out of the running gear made it pull much nicer too.

cheers, Jim
 

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Wonderful engine from the past and a great build Jim.
Must be nice to have one of these around that actually runs and looks good too.
Would love to see the video I am sure my boys would love it too .
Why don't you put it on YOU TUBE .

Klaus
 

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Wow! Great restoration project, Jim! Hubby would like to see that video.
 

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Sweet ride!

I love the wheels. Where did you get them? I have a project that could use wheels exactly like these.
 

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Beautiful restoration and carriage build Jim.
 

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Nice wagon, engine looks excellent too.
 

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Thanks Klaus,Candy, Ray, Mike and Ivan.

Hi Klaus. Send me your e mail in a PM and I can surely send it that way. I don't know how to put stuff on U tube. I was surprised when Picassa did not import the video like is did before. I'll have t find another way to save video. I will as LJ Rustic to teach me the U tube thing!!

Hi Ray, I got the wheels on the original truck and it came from Illinois- west of Sycamore. I did meet a guy who had lots of sets of them. He came here to buy veneer but I did not keep his name. I'll ask around. Put out a wanted note on Craigslist!! I'll be in Aurora on 8-22 this year. Will you be home them?

Cheers, Jim
 

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Thanks, Charles!!

Cheers, Jim
 
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