Mogul Engine Restoration Takes Time

Restoration of a 4 hp Mogul engine took four years and a lot of patience

| November 1999

  • Johnny's Mogul, as he found it. New collectors, he said, should start with a less costly, more common engine
    Johnnie's Mogul, as he found it. New collectors, he said, should start with a less costly, more common engine. "You've got to learn about working with cast iron, and you just don't find parts for the rarer engines," he said. "Once you learn the ropes, then you can take on the bigger projects."
  • Johnnie Hough's 4 hp Mogul engine (SN BZ528), manufactured in 1914.
    Johnnie Hough's 4 hp Mogul engine (SN BZ528), manufactured in 1914. "It was originally a stationary engine," he said, "But I put it on skids for shows.
    Photo by G. Wayne Walker Jr.
  • IHC Famous vertical hopper-cooled engine
    IHC Famous vertical hopper-cooled engine, "designed to meet the ordinary needs of farmers, owners of country homes, contractors, etc. They are adapted for pumping water, sawing wood, grinding feed, operating domestic water works, running small shop machines, and such other work as comes within the range of their power." – from an early IHC catalog.
  • This upright hopper-cooled Famous 3 hp engine was manufactured for export, but probably never left the country.
    This upright hopper-cooled Famous 3 hp engine was manufactured for export, but probably never left the country.
    Photo by G. Wayne Walker Jr.
  • Johnnie's Famous when he got it
    Johnnie's Famous when he got it. His favorite part of collecting and restoring is working with the metal lathe. "I can sit for hours doing that," he said. "I just lose track of time."

  • Johnny's Mogul, as he found it. New collectors, he said, should start with a less costly, more common engine
  • Johnnie Hough's 4 hp Mogul engine (SN BZ528), manufactured in 1914.
  • IHC Famous vertical hopper-cooled engine
  • This upright hopper-cooled Famous 3 hp engine was manufactured for export, but probably never left the country.
  • Johnnie's Famous when he got it

As a collector of International Harvester engines, Johnnie Hough knew exactly what he wanted: a 4 hp Mogul engine. So, after years of looking, when he finally got a shot at one, he jumped on it ... even if it meant buying the Mogul engine sight unseen. 

"I got it from a guy from Idaho," he said. "I made a deal on it from a picture I saw at Waukee (Iowa)."

The screen cooled engine falls neatly into the "rare" category.

"It's pretty scarce," he said. "They only made 200 of them. Most 4 hp Moguls were hopper cooled, and had a bigger tank."



It wasn't the biggest project he'd ever taken on, but it was time consuming.

"I bought it in 1995, and I just finished it this spring," Johnnie said. Finding parts for the 1914 engine was a challenge.