Looking For That Next 'Last' Engine-Ha!

89 truck and trailer

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Box 417, Shoals, Indiana 47581

After buying my first gas engine in 1987, a 1927 Jaeger, a friend of mine who was also an engine collector told me, 'You now have the engine fever.' He said I wouldn't be satisfied with only one engine. I remember telling him the Jaeger was the only one I  was going to buy. Was I wrong! After restoring my first engine, the Jaeger, my friend was right. I started looking for another one.

Since the first engine, I have restored, a 1928 2 HP Hercules, a 1927 2  HP Economy, and a beautiful 1927 2? HP Arco. I also have a nice restored 1926 KE Stover, 1? HP, and a 1948 restored LB IHC. Over the last two years I have also owned a 3 HP Cushman Cub, a 3 HP Jaeger, a 4 HP Cushman upright and a 2 HP R.V. As of now, I am in the process of restoring a nice 1958 Wheel Horse tractor with the original Kohler engine that I bought at Portland '89.

Collecting all these engines and the tractor gave me a good reason for buying a new '89 truck and trailer to haul all my toys.

A good friend and neighbor, Bob Goffinet of Shoals, Indiana, also collects engines. He has been a big help to me in restoring my engines and tractor. We go to a lot of engine shows. He has a beautiful 5 HP Desjardins Ltd. made in Quebec, Canada. He talked another friend of ours, Charlie Griffin of Springville, Indiana, out of this one. Charlie has approximately 25 engines, some are rare ones. He is looking for a 12 HP Economy. If you have one, give him a call.

Yes, my wife Sharon enjoys the engines very much, and yes she has her own engine-a red 1927 Economy which she takes care of and starts by herself. Sharon is never surprised at what I may bring home, maybe a 1926 garden tiller, or a Jaeger cement mixer, or a rare Maytag sausage grinder, etc.

I am looking for a 1? to 2? HP Sandwich, also a Fairmont railcar engine two-cycle, 4 HP to 8 HP.

We enjoy the engine hobby very much, even all the wild goose chases I have been on the last two years, looking for that 'next last engine.' I also enjoy getting my Gas Engine Magazine. Keep up the good work. Your magazine is very important to the engine hobby. Thanks.