My First Side-Shaft Engine A 6 HP Badger, Wisconsin
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I went back up to Grayling the following summer to see Mr.
Wakely. When I got there, he said he had something for me, and
handed me the piston and connecting rod!! He had been able to find
them after the snow melted.
In the meantime, I had been in touch with Chris Romness, who had
patterns and castings made for a Badger he was restoring. I bought
the head and valve cage from Mr. Romness-exact duplicates of the
parts I needed.
My wife Bev and I vacationed in Pennsylvania during October,
1989. While in the area, we stopped by Lester Lee's place. I
had talked to Lester several times on the phone and met him once at
an engine show in Canandaigua, New York. I told him I would like to
see his Badger engine, as that would help me when I started
machining my parts.
Lester was very congenial and accommodating. He took the head,
valve cage and other parts off his engine and let me borrow them to
machine mine by. I have enjoyed our friendship that has developed
through our engine hobby.
Well, it has been one year and five months, and a lot of
enjoyment since I started this project. I called Lester Lee and
told him I was about ready to start the Badger engine. I told him I
was leery of starting it, as I' had never run an engine bigger
than a 2 HP.
We invited Lester and his wife over for the Fourth of July
weekend. They got to our place on Thursday, July 5th, about 2:30
p.m. By 3:30 p.m. Lester and I had my Badger engine running!!
After a few adjustments, the engine runs good and is my best
running engine. I took it to six shows this past summer.
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