It’s that time of year again, and life is beginning to thaw out. Hopefully you have stayed busy over the winter with a project or two. It’s time to dust off your engines, haul them out, and share your hard work with other enthusiasts.
Seeking an opportunity to do so? Look no further! Coolspring Power Museum is kicking off show season with its annual June Exposition and Flea Market. Each year the three-day event features a particular engine. This year’s focus will be Stover engines and related equipment. By 1905, the Stover engine line was made up of 10 sizes of horizontal engines ranging from 5- to 40hp. It would be excellent to see this horsepower variety represented at the show. Exhibitors are encouraged to display other engines as well. The Expo will run from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, June 16-18. Visit CoolSpringPowerMuseum.org/Events.htm for more information.
A Bores & Strokes booklet about Stover and his engines is being compiled and will be for sale in the CPM gift shop. And if you are interested in learning about the history of the Stover engine, there will be an educational lecture in the Coolspring Presbyterian Church at 7 p.m. Friday.
CPM will also be hosting a History Day on July 16. Volunteers will be available throughout the museum building and grounds to share a wealth of gas engine history and answer questions. Engineers will explain how the engines are started, and many will be running, with scheduled start-ups for larger equipment.
Until you can join the gas engine community in person, connect with other enthusiasts on the following pages. In this issue, we have another history lesson from Will Cummings, who takes us a little further into F.M. Underwood’s career with a focus on his Elmore, Ohio, ventures.
If a DIY project is what you’re looking for, Dr. David Cave shares the details of building a cheap and effective magnet charger to add to your arsenal of tools.
And lastly, you can follow along with new contributor DC Johnson who shares a tale of a mysterious rummage sale engine. Do you have a similar curious story to tell? We’d sure love to hear all about it.
Until next time,