Young Iron: David Shepherd

David Shepherd, age 13, knows his stuff when it comes to collecting gas engines

| August/September 2012

  • Young Iron David Shepherd
    David has been collecting engines since he was 8 years old.
    Photo by David Shepherd

  • Young Iron David Shepherd

Q. How long have you been collecting gas engines?
A. I have been collecting gas engines since I was 8 years old.

Q. What attracted you to the hobby?
A. My grandpa gave me a Maytag Model 92 to get running. I got it running, and have really liked engines ever since.

Q. Who else in your family collects engines?
A. My grandpa also collects engines. He has more than 160 running engines.

Q. What engines do you have in your collection?
A. I have nine engines: a Maytag Model 92, a Maytag Model 72, an Ideal lawn mower, an International LB, a 4-1/2 HP Ottawa, a 2-1/2 HP Fuller & Johnson NC, a Fairbanks-Morse Type ZD, a 2-cylinder Wisconsin and an 8 HP Lister diesel.

Q. What is your favorite engine in your collection?
A. My 2-1/2 HP Fuller & Johnson because it was my first hit-and-miss engine and it will sit there and run all day.

Q. What projects are you currently working on?
A. I am working on a Maytag washing machine with a 2-cylinder Maytag engine.