3012 S. Catherine St. Lansing, Michigan 48911
It started at the 1987 Allendale, Michigan show. I saw an air compressor for sale. It had a 12' pulley on one side and it had an open crankshaft. There was a brass rod and 23/8inch bore and a 3 inch stroke. It had no name or numbers or marks of any kind. I thought, 'Here is a start for an engine,' so I bought it. I made my gas tank and base out of ?' steel plate. At the Portland, Indiana show I bought a brass fitting with a cap on it for my gas gas inlet. I also bought a Ford coil for the ignition. The coil is hidden in the base.
At the Caro, Michigan show I bought two 12' cast iron wheels for my flywheels. I welded a piece on one side of the crankshaft and cut it in my lathe so I could have two flywheels. I made my governor out of a piece of brass, scrap steel and part of a muffler clamp. I made a set of points on the governor to ground the engine only when it slows down enough to fire. I used the timing gears and valves from a junk Lauson engine. I cut down an old F.H. Briggs head and made an adapter so it would fit. I had to cut down the valves to fit as the heads were too large. I made my points to fire the engine from a feeler guage and a piece of pipe. The carburetor is an old chunk of brass, a needle valve from a junk carburetor and a brass petcock for the choke.
The muffler is made from an old grease cup that I bought at the Hartford, Michigan show. I worked a lot of hours on it in my basement during the winter. When the weather got a little nicer, I moved it out to my garage to finish it up. It ran very nicely after I did some fine tuning on it. I tendend to show it at a lot of shows this year with the hit and miss Briggs and Stuff engine I made last year. I have almost all the junk rounded up for a different engine for next year. I don't think there is any other hobby that I could get as much enjoyment from. It's a real thrill for me to get an engine running that I have fixed up.
My girl friend Trudy and her little dog, Babes, go to all the shows with me. Me and Babes take care of the engines while Trudy hits the flea market. Then they hold down the engines while I make the rounds. We have a good time at all the shows. I have a gas engine fan and we put up an awning on the back of my van when it gets hot.