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Young Iron: Elizabeth Stevenson

Elizabeth Stevenson, age 11, keeps the family tradition of collecting antique gas engines alive

| June/July 2012

  • Elizabeth With Gas Engine
    Elizabeth Stevenson is 11 years old from Calvert City, KY, and has been collecting engines for most of her life.
    Photo by RM Stevenson
  • Elizabeth With Paw Paw
    Elizabeth Stevenson and her father with the 1931 1-1/2 HP MCCormick-Deering engine first owned by her great-great grandfather.
    Photo by RM Stevenson
  • Young Elizabeth With Gas Engine
    Elizabeth was given her first engine as a gift when she was a baby.
    Photo by RM Stevenson

  • Elizabeth With Gas Engine
  • Elizabeth With Paw Paw
  • Young Elizabeth With Gas Engine

Q. How long have you been collecting gas engines?
A. I’ve helped my dad and PawPaw for as long as I can remember, but bought my first engine from my grandpa (with my own money) in February 2011.

Q. What attracted you to the hobby?
A. My grandpa and dad collect engines and I’ve always thought they were neat.

Q. Who else in your family collects engines?
A. My PawPaw, Richard Brown, and my dad, Ricky Stevenson.

Q. What engines do you have in your collection?
A. I personally own a 1944 Fairbanks-Morse Z style D that I purchased with my own money. My dad and I just got it running and don’t know how long it’s been since it was last run. I was also given my great-great-grandfather’s 1931 McCormick-Deering (1-1/2 HP). I am the third owner of this engine and it is the engine that got my PawPaw started collecting. My first engine, given to me by Dad when I was a baby, is a 1927 Jaeger that he found.

Q. What is your favorite engine in your collection?
A. My Fairbanks-Morse, because it is just my size and I bought it myself.

Q. What projects are you currently working on?
A. We have my Fairbanks-Morse Z running, but it needs a new gas tank and muffler. We will also paint it soon. Another project we are working on is painting the Jaeger, hopefully this summer.


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