Young Iron: Derek Quistorff

Derek Quistorff may be young, but he’s a serious collector of gas engines.


| October/November 2013



Gas Engine Collector Derek Quistorff

Collector Derek Quistorff, age 16, with one of his engines.

Photo Courtesy MC Staff

Take a quick glance at the exhibitors and attendees at gas engine shows, and it’s easy to think that this is an older person’s hobby. But take a closer look and you’ll find a growing number of younger enthusiasts. You’ll meet them in Young Iron.

Q: How long have you been collecting gas engines?
A: Five years, though I’ve been interested in collecting gas engines since I was about 3 years old. When I was little my parents took me to the Little Log House show in Hastings, Minn. I saw an engine with a lot of moving parts and a nice steady beat run, and I was hooked. I’ve been interested in old gas engines ever since.

Q: Who else in your family collects engines?
A: Nobody. My older siblings have little to no interest. My parents on the other hand like to watch and listen to them run, and they are supportive of me collecting.

Q: What engines do you have in your collection?
A: The engines that I have are: 1941 Briggs & Stratton WMB, Briggs & Stratton Model N, 1945 IHC 1-1/2 HP - 2-1/2 HP LB, 1927 IHC 1-1/2 HP M, 1927 Fairbanks-Morse 2 HP Z Dishpan with a water pump and 1925 IHC 3 HP M.

Q: What is your favorite engine in your collection?A: My IHC 1-1/2 HP M, because it has a very nice beat to it and a lot of moving parts. I also like it because I bought it from Roger Kinsey, and without him I’m pretty sure this engine wouldn’t be running and I wouldn’t have it.

Q: What projects are you currently working on?
A: My IHC 3 HP M needs some work with the fuel system, mainly replacing the worn and nearly broken throttle shaft and trying to get the slop out of the throttle/governor linkage. The valves on it are worn, but I think they will last for a little before I have to replace them.