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'Joe Maurer’s very original 8 HP Christensen, which he’s carefully preserved in its current condition while getting it running. '

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A question of condition

Original or restored? Dirty work clothes or clean new suit? Does it really matter? In the old iron community, it's a subject of some contention, and it's a subject Joe Maurer attaches himself to in his article starting on page 28 about the preservation of his 1908 8 HP Christensen.

For some folks, the answer's easy: restore. And why not? If you've spent a wad of cash to acquire that special engine, why not work through every inch of it, internally and externally, and restore it to its former glory?

Good point. But what constitutes glory? For more and more collectors, it's preserving the notion of why these engines were manufactured in the first place - to work. If you over-restore, do you risk losing an engine's tie to the past, replacing hard-earned scars with perfectly prepared paint?

It's an interesting question, and a question we'd like more feedback on. What do you think? Which direction did you go on your latest engine find, and why?

Drop us a line and let us know where you stand on the subject, and send photos of your latest restoration/preservation project so we can share your thoughts with the rest of the old engine crowd.

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