Letters and Miscellanies

Pot of Gold

| March 2005

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    'It may look like a big pile of junk to most people, but to engine enthusiasts, it’s a goldmine! What you see here is just a small portion of the 150 engines acquired in this purchase. '

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I'm sending you pictures of an engine collection I got a couple years ago. I acquired them at an auction. They came from an old man who passed away from Plainfield, Ill. He told his son there were 150 engines, and he was right - everything from Briggs & Stratton to Stickney, a big mess 8 feet tall. Anyway, I got them moved after nine trailer loads 75 miles away. Sold them to friends and through two small ads in the newspaper. Went cheap to a good home.

On a different subject, I've been showing engines at local shows for 40 years. They even provided us with gas years ago, but they don't anymore, which is okay. But now they want to charge us old guys to come to the show and run our engines all day long. We put the show on for the club and they want to make us pay. I and about 15 of my friends didn't go this year. I think the club officers who made that law must have been born about six months early. One club doesn't even have a show on account of making us pay. I'd like to get some feedback on this.

I have about 40 nice engines and I don't know what to do with them. Maybe a sale, I guess.

Don Klein
3002 6th St.
Peru, IL 61354