Buried Treasure

Old Engine

The picture shows what I call my 'Buried Treasure'.

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621 D Street, Rt 2, Milford, Nebraska 68405

 A friend told me that a friend of his had found an old engine buried under corn cobs in a shed on an abandoned farmstead that was being cleared.

Since my friend wasn't interested in the engine, he told me about it. When I went to look I could hardly believe what I saw.

It's a 1 cylinder Pierce! It was covered with a 1912 newspaper and with cobs which kept it dry, and all parts were free.

Naturally I had to have one more engine!

When cleaning it up I began to wonder if it ever had run since it's so crude. There is no carburetor or mixer. The gas tank is sealed and has a large wick which hangs down into the gasoline. A half inch pipe extends from the wick through a valve and then to the intake valve. Also there's a valve to regulate the amount of air going into the intake valve. When dismantling the Pierce some of the bearings showed wear, so I knew it had run, and I hoped it would run again.

The ignition system is an original low tension coil and an ignitor in the cylinder with a point which contacts a point in the piston head.

After a good cleaning and a few repairs the Pierce runs very well. The air and vapor valves must be adjusted just right. The engine is a hit and miss with a battery saver. This 'Buried Treasure' is now my favorite engine in my collection.

Another unusual thing about this 'find' is that it was complete with the original gas tank, water tank, coil and battery box.