Young Iron: Petey Woodward

For the past seven years, Petey Woodward has pursued his lifelong interest in old gas engines.


| October/November 2014



Petey Woodward

Collector Petey Woodward.

Photo by Gas Engine 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. I’ve actually been collecting about seven years, but I’ve had an interest in and worked on small engines all my life.

Q. What attracted you to the hobby?
A. I enjoy being able to get an engine that’s 50-plus years old running and in working order again.

Q. What engines do you have in your collection?
A. I have about 30 total. Rare/unusual ones would be: Briggs WMI Lever Start, Briggs WI Lever Start, Briggs I Lever Start, Briggs NS, Briggs Y Lever Start, Briggs NOS Aluminum Military Motor, and part of a Briggs FH Rope Start Twin Cylinder Maytag with LeClair Muffler.

Q. What is your favorite engine in your collection?
A. My favorite engine in my collection is the Briggs WMI Lever Start. It’s just a really nice little engine.

Q. What projects are you currently working on?
A. I have a Briggs Y Lever Start that I’m getting ready to work on.