THE RESTORATION OF AN AVERY


| January/February 1981



Avery

Drummond Brothers Farming, 15509 Drummond Road, Orient, Ohio 43146

This is the story of the restoration of a 30 HP Avery under-mounted engine # 4019 built in 1910. This is an update to the article I had in the November/December 1975 issue of The Iron Men Album, page 37.

After getting the big Avery moved from Nebraska in late summer of 1975, we ran the engine a number of times that fall. As the Avery needed some work done, we decided that we would rebuild the engine. The work of dismantling the engine started in the fall of 1975. As the engine was being torn down, a note was made of the worn parts such as pinions, bearings, piston rods and other parts. The engine also had a number of missing parts such as steam pump, feed water heater and the shifting fork and other parts for the two-speed gear shifting device. We found some of the small parts, but big parts such as the feed water heater had to be made. A man in Indiana loaned us the heater off of his 40 HP Avery to use as a pattern so that we could get the parts made. The bunkers for the Avery were made at a shop in Nebraska. In order to replace the worn pinions we had to have wooden patterns made so that we could have the pinions cast. After the boiler was sandblasted and painted, the smaller parts were sandblasted and painted. The parts were then put back on the engine.

The cab was the last big work to be done on the Avery and this work was done by Roger Drummond. The nails used in the construction of the cab are original Avery nails. With the cab work done the work of installing the coal and water bunkers was next. In June of 1980, after this work was done, the engine was fired up for the first time since the restoration work.

The last work to be done was the striping and lettering. The Avery was now ready to go to the shows. It was shown for the first time at the Mad River Steam and Gas Show at Urbana, Ohio in July of 1980. There the Avery won the Charlie Harrison Memorial trophy given in memory of Mr. Charlie Harrison by his wife, Heldia.

While the Avery was at the show, a discussion came up among some as to what size the Avery was and if Avery put the water tank under the fire box. The engine is a 30 HP and the tanks are correct. I have a collection of Avery catalogs and can back up what I say.