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Old 08-18-2016, 06:59 PM
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1939 Maytag 72 motor

I bought this a few years at an old engine/tractor show. It starts and runs but has very weak spark... I suspect that it could need a new coil.
I am thinking of restoring it, and need recommendations of paint to use... I would like to use rattle can paint if possible, but I am concerned that the paint might not hold up well if exposed to heat and fuel mixture. Black or green would be factory correct colors. Primer first? Recommendations?

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Old 08-18-2016, 07:05 PM
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I'd check an auto parts store and see what colors they have of Engine Enamel rattle cans....That stuff ought to be designed for the job.
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Old 08-18-2016, 07:14 PM
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"Honey , i cant do the laundry today, the Maytag ran out of gas." Wonder how well that went over??

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Old 08-18-2016, 11:49 PM
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cleaning the points often helps, and if there is a capacitor or condensor , replace that. That might improve the spark. A bar near me has a motorbike hanging over the bar that was a kit , powered by a 2 cyl maytag engine. A popular use for the engines after farms got electricity, I bet.
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Old 08-19-2016, 02:02 PM
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I have the model 92, got it off ebay three years ago. I fired it up again last fall, and I had to clean the carburetor and it ran perfectly.
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Old 03-31-2017, 05:52 PM
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Washing machine motor, gas powered. Interesting and neat bit of machinery and history.
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Old 10-24-2017, 10:10 AM
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My late great buddy, Hank, grew up on a rural farm with one of those little gems... it was used for everything including running a corn husker, charging batteries and oh yes, the wash. He always wanted one but passed before he found one at "his price".... he always bragged how useful and trouble free it was!!!

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Old 10-24-2017, 10:41 AM
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Washing machine motor, gas powered. Interesting and neat bit of machinery and history.
In the late 90's, Speed Queen still made a wringer washer with a Briggs & Stratton gasoline engine. They probably still do!
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Old 10-24-2017, 12:19 PM
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Very common in rural Tennessee - I'm sure SandyG can remember them.

Those motors ran many a homestead, and like others pointed out, ran a lot more than the washer.

There is a community that collects and restores old motors - Smokstak. Like VK, with motors. I'd ask over there - lots of good resources.
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