2l40 Waynesville Rd. Bellbrook, Ohio 45305
In 1984 my son Scott and I purchased a small steam engine from our neighbor, Bud Saylor. When picking up the engine we were asking him some questions about the steam engine, such as where did he purchase it. He said that we knew the person he purchased it from-Kenny Spair, who lives about six or seven miles away. Bud told us we should stop and see Kenny because he had a small gas engine that he might be interested in selling.
Several months later I was driving by Kenny's house, so I stopped in to see him. I told him we bought the small steam engine he used to have, the one he sold to Bud Saylor. He said, 'If you have time, let's go out to the barn so I can show you the line shaft I had it belted to.' Kenny said that there was a reason he sold the steam engine. He sold it because it took so long to steam up, so he lost interest in it, and decided to sell it.
While we were at the barn, I asked Kenny about the gas engine Bud told us about, that he might sell. He said, 'Yes, I still have it, and it's over there in the corner. It's under some lumber and whatever else might be on top of it.' He turned on some light and said, 'If you can find it you are welcome to take a look at it.'
I could only see the back of the flywheels. I tried to reach my hand around the hopper and the only thing I could feel was a large button. I asked Kenny if he would sell the engine and he said he would like to trade it for another engine, one that was easier to start and had a magneto on it. He said that every time he wanted to run the engine he had to get a coil and battery just to start it. So we discussed a trade. We told him about a Jaeger we had at home. Kenny agreed on the trade and we told him we would be back in a couple of weeks to pick up the engine.
A couple of weeks later, Scott and I loaded up the Jaeger and off we went to Kenny's house. On the way there, Scott kept asking me questions regarding the engine that we were trading the Jaeger for. All I could tell Scott was that it had a large button on the side of the water hopper.
When we arrived at Kenny's, we unloaded the Jaeger and went ahead and started it up for him. Kenny said that he liked this type engine because you don't need a battery to start it and because it's a hit-and-miss engine. Then Scott, Kenny and I went to the barn where the engine was stored. We took all the lumber that had been piled on top of it and put it on the ground. Once we got all the lumber off we picked up the engine and carried it to our truck.
On our way home, Scott kept looking back at the engine and asking what kind of engine it was. As you can imagine, when we got it home, out came the engine and the nameplate was cleaned off. It turned out to be a Joy 2 HP, made by the Ohio Engine Company in Sandusky, Ohio, serial #205.
Well, once we found a battery and a coil for spark, we found out that it was a hit-and-miss engine. We got it running in about an hour. It is now in perfect running condition.
This summer we decided to restore the Joy engine in our spare time. Scott did the painting and I did the wood working. It took us approximately four months to completely restore it.
The Joy has never been to a show, but since the restoration we hope to take it to the Portland, Indiana show.