This issue of Gas
Engine Magazine is filled with stories of dedication. Collectors willing to
wait. Collectors willing to travel. Collectors willing to spend time, energy,
effort and emotion to keep the hobby alive.
Take Joe Schneider,
collector who saw something he wanted (a rare, non-running National Engineering
Co. New Model engine) only to be told no. But as any dedicated engine collector
will tell you, they won’t let a “no” stop them. So Joe persisted, asking to buy
it every time he saw it over the next several years and always getting the same
eventually paid off ... 20 years after he originally saw the engine. Now the
New Model is the star of Joe’s impressive collection. Read the article to see
the engine that was worth the fight.
Or what about Don
Oberholtzer’s 1905 2 HP Stover Type A vertical? He found the mess of an engine
— which was missing its fuel pump, igniter and trip arms, and was sporting a
significant crack in one flywheel — at the Tri-State Gas Engine & Tractor
Assn. Swap & Sell. He knew fixing it up would be an uphill battle, but Don
dove in, tackled the project, sourced parts, made parts and stitched small
cracks. You have to see the results on page 16 to believe them.
In Rock Island Engine Spawns Friendship, Charles
Hargreaves shares his story of acquiring a 1923 5 HP Rock Island. Charles knows more than a thing
or two about Rock
Islands, so a collector
contacted him for assistance back in 2001. When Charles followed up eight years
later, he found out the engine was still in need of some help. Charles’
solution? Drive from his home in Michigan to North Carolina to rescue
the engine, more than 800 miles away!
Jim Hilgartner spent
his early working life tinkering with Murphy Diesel engines. So recently he
decided he’d like to find one and fix it up. In Murphy Diesel Engine Restored, Jim shares his story
of finding, rescuing and restoring an engine that holds a special place in his
heart. His wife, Rose, even chimes in to give a different perspective of how
special the Murphy Diesel rescue and restoration was to Jim.
These are just a few
of the stories in this issue that show the dedication of antique gas engine
collectors. But what drives them to go to such lengths for these pieces of
I guess what it
comes down to is if you want something bad enough you fight for it. Luckily,
the old iron community is filled with passionate people who are willing to
fight – be that through persistence, time or effort — to keep very important
pieces of history alive.
Rescue stories like
these are my favorite. If you’ve rescued anything recently, I’d love to hear