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."

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.