Q: How long have you been collecting gas engines?
A: I’ve been collecting and restoring engines for about four years now, but I’ve been helping my grandpa with them since I was little.
Q: What attracted you to the hobby?
A: Being out in the barn with my grandpa, messing around with the engines and being at the shows. I love watching and listening to them run.
Q: Who else in your family collects engines?
A: My grandpa and I are the only ones who collect them. He’s the one who got me into collecting.
Q: What engines do you have in your collection?
A: I currently have two engines: a 2 HP Cushman Cub and a 1925 McCormick-Deering M.
Q: What is your favorite engine in your collection?
A: My McCormick-Deering is my favorite because you can see more moving parts than on a typical engine, and I love the way it runs and sounds.
Q: What projects are you currently working on?
A: I just recently finished restoring my McCormick-Deering M.
Q: Which shows do you normally attend each year?
A: I usually attend the Portland, Ind., show and my hometown’s annual Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival. I would love to go back and visit the Coolspring Power Museum in Pennsylvania again.
Q: What are some of the biggest obstacles you’ve come across in the hobby?
A: Some of the obstacles I’ve come across as a young collector are the prices of engines, having the time to work on them and finding a good project.
Q: What are your favorite engines and why?
A: My favorite type of engine would have to be the oil field engines because they are big, and I like they way the look, run and sound.
Q: If money weren’t an issue, what is your dream engine to own?
A: If money weren’t an issue, I would love to own a South Penn oil field engine or a Muncie oil engine. I like how the South Penns run and look. I don’t see or hear of very many Muncies, plus they were built not too far from where I live. I find it hard to pick just one type of engine that I want. There are too many to choose from.
I would like to say thank you to my grandpa Mel Fruit Sr. for introducing me to this hobby, teaching me, and helping me start and restore my collection.
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