Tips of the Trade
by Christian Williams
Since the January 2006 issue of Gas Engine Magazine, engine enthusiast Peter Rooke has been sharing his restoration expertise through detailed articles that often span several issues.
|Peter Rooke’s book, Gas Engine Restoration, is now available through Gas Engine Magazine.
As an editor, it’s a risky decision to commit that much space to one story, and you always have to ask the question, “What if the reader gets bored with this series halfway through?”
But with Peter, that’s never been a concern, and reader surveys have confirmed that for us. The vast majority of readers appreciate Peter’s attention to detail and straightforward approach to explaining the technical aspects of gas engine restoration, which is why we’re thrilled to announce the release of Peter’s first book on the subject, aptly titled Gas Engine Restoration.
The first book of its kind, Gas Engine Restoration is a step-by-step guide that we think will be extremely valuable to beginning and experienced hobbyists alike. An easy-to-follow narrative is supplemented with plenty of color photos, comprehensive data tables and a soft cover spiral binding that allows you to lay the book flat and use it as you work on your own restoration. You can bet that Editor-in-Chief Richard Backus and I will be using it extensively when we begin restoring our 1921 1-1/2 HP IHC M later this summer.
Where I’ll be this summer
I found out last year that some people like to know ahead of time what shows I plan to attend, whether it be to make sure I see a unique engine, meet someone interesting or just say hello. So, barring any unforeseen events, here’s a partial list of shows I’ll be at:
• Camp Creek Threshers, July 18-19, Waverly, Neb.
• Tri-State Gas Engine and Tractor Show, Aug. 26-30, Portland, Ind.
• Midwest Old Threshers Reunion, Sept. 3-7, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. (I’ll be bringing my banjo and guitar and playing some songs in the Farm Collector tent from Songs of the Iron Men, my new album of folk music featuring poems from Iron-Men Album).
• Ozarks Steam-O-Rama, Sept. 17-20, Springfield, Mo.