It All Started with a McCormick-Deering

6 HP portable hopper cooled

6 HP portable hopper cooled I.H. C. 1913.

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2707 Highland Lane Wausau, Wisconsin 54401

Well, it's winter time in Wisconsin and I'm in between projects, and it's below zero outside, so I thought I would write and tell you about some of the collection of engines and tractors.

Our family has been collecting for about twenty years. It started with an old 10-20 McCormick-Deering and going to a show in Baraboo, Wisconsin. We were all hooked then, looking for engines and tractors almost every weekend.

At times, we had 40-plus tractors and well over a hundred engines. But after trading and selling some to get bigger and better things, our collection is about a dozen tractors and twenty or so engines.

Most of them are kept around because they came from the local area and someone we know, so they have sentimental value, too.

Some of my favorites are a 12 HP Economy that I earned by working the whole summer (and then some) for a fella who owned it, when I was 14. Also, I have a real nice 6 HP I.H.C. that an old man wanted us to have, in the worst way. After the engine sat around the place for 15 years or so, my dad and I started restoring the old girl. Shortly after we started, my dad passed away. So, I restored it by myself, remembering Dad and the years we spent together playing around with this stuff.

Now, my wife Janice, son Jason, and daughter Jenny enjoy going to shows and toying with old stuff. I try to go to as many shows as I can, to show off my toys.

Last summer, the 1918 Titan and 12 HP Eagle got out of the shed to a few shows. The 16-30 Oil Pull got to the Labor Day Parade, and at Christmas, at night, it sure looked nice with Christmas lights all over it. And to top it off, we had a neon light on the front of the chimney.

Another nice thing about collecting is the people you meet. For example, I asked my friend Ellis to help me haul an engine I bought 1400 miles from home. He said: 'Sure,' took off work a couple of days, helped me drive, all day and half the night for four days on terrible roads. And when we got home he asked me what he owed me for letting him come along! Need I say more!

I enjoy Gas Engine Magazine every month. I got some things by advertising in the want ads that I thought I would never get, like the auto sparker for my 6 HP I.H.C.