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If it ain't broke don't fix it?


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Old 10-15-2010, 10:27:52 AM
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Hello,

I'm a newbie to antique engines. If I buy an engine that is running, not leaking or having other mechanical issues, is it best to leave the engine alone? Just clean and paint?

My concern is, breaking something and ending up with a non running engine. I have worked on car engines, lawn mower engines etc. but nothing this old. Thanks

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You can paint if you want. But it seems most people want them original anymore. As far as mechanical running, you should probably grind valves and seats, if leaking. Check bearings, wrist pin, rings. etc.

My 2 cents.
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I like my engines orignal for the most part
But it just makes me feel beter when everything is in tight
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Default Re: If it ain't broke don't fix it?

Depends on your mechanical skills. Me, if it's running good with no "might break any minute" issues, I say run it. I wouldn't even paint it unless it has a bunch of differant parts with some painted and others rusted. In other words, if it looks natural, let it be and have fun. It's your engine paint or not, fix up or not, is all up to you. A lot of people are leaving them natural, in 5 years the trend might be chroming them.
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i seen a nickle plated 1 1/2 deere once ugliest thing i think i ever saw......
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Unless you are a showman. If its working leave ot alone. I have an engine that the farmer fixed up a trip lever out of junk & I would not want it any other way
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Painted up engines are a lot more work to keep looking nice if you run them. I stripped one years ago and put an expensive first class paint job on it (I was in the paint business at the time). Now it just looks used and kind of dirty. I'll always wonder if there was decent Galloway paint under the old bogus paint job before I stripped it. To each his own, but to me they are only original once.

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