RESTORATION OF GAAR-SCOTT ENGINE NO. 15899


| January/February 1977



Gaar-Scott engine before restoration

Before

Route 1, Norwich, Ohio 43767

Approximately five years ago I heard of this engine in Canada, the engine with the broken gear. More about the broken gear later. Little did I realize at the time that I would someday own this engine.

In the summer of 1974 an ad appeared in the I.M.A. A 25 HP Gaar-Scott engine was for sale owned by Ken Scott, Glen Ewan, Saskatchewan, Canada. In corresponding with Mr. Scott, I learned this was the engine with the broken differential gear. Anyhow, I decided to go to Canada to look at this engine. That was where I made a mistake or I thought I did. You guessed it. I came home the owner of engine #15899.

In October of 1974 the engine arrived at its new home in Norwich, Ohio. I started in on the restoration. It had more things wrong with it than were right. Worst of all, it had been robbed of about every small part that belonged to it. No plumbing, stack, bearing caps, eccentric caps or connecting rod brasses; all were gone. I got the boiler, wheels and the gears, such as they were.

I have a G - S 25 double No. 16327 which I used to make parts for the #15899. This really helped. The pattern shop started making patterns. As soon as I would get a few patterns, it was then a trip to the foundry and then to the machine shop. Then those parts were put on. I then waited for more parts to be finished. And so it went, very slow and not much progress the first year.

I got the stack parts all on it, the front smoke box door and ring, and then the main bearing caps. Next, I poured the new crankshaft bearings, put on the new crank brasses and then put the valve linkage all back together. The governor was rebuilt and the new flues installed. This engine had been a straw burner, so I had all new grates, hangers, fire door, etc. to put on it.