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Lauson LW water cooled marine engine


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Old 01-01-2019, 06:01:06 PM
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Here is one of my winter restoration projects. This is a Lauson LW marine engine from about 1935. I have owned this engine for many years now but never attempted to get it running. I am posting some pics because I am conflicted on the restoration process. I have started by removing the first layer of grey paint and have it down to the original green paint below. Not sure if I want to go further and take it all off or stop now and just put a clear over it to protect it. Feel free to send me your thoughts....
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Neat engine! I would clear it....
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Default Re: Lauson LW water cooled marine engine

super nice engine u got.
i'd clear it too.
good luck with ur project.

here's a lauson i cleared couple year back.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13yH8Z_6j1Y&t=8s
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Default Re: Lauson LW water cooled marine engine

I would apply boiled linseed oil/turpentine mix (50%/50%) and leave it at that. One problem with applying any paint is the chance of the under coat lifting or wrinkling.

That is a neat engine!!
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I would leave it original as well. I have a couple different variations of the LW and have never seen that oil pump before,nor that exact tag.That's a keeper for sure!!! Carl
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Thanks for the input. Not finding much traces of paint on the head or flywheel but I think a light sanding with scotch bright will make a nice even surface for a boiled oil or a non sheen clear.
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The pump on the left of the base is a water pump which is driven off the cam which is also a new one for me. Usually the cam drives a gear style brass pump.

Peter
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Default Re: Lauson LW water cooled marine engine

I agree with Mike, I use boiled linseed mixed 50-50 with mineral spirits on all of my original engines. It brings back the original paint nicely and stays shiny a long time. I used clear on a mogul engine once and it worked but I prefer linseed oil.
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