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Young Iron: Kyle Sears

Young collector focuses collection on the best

| October/November 2011

  • Kyle Sears with his 3 HP Samson.
    Kyle Sears with his 3 HP Samson.
  • Kyle Sears.
    Kyle Sears.

  • Kyle Sears with his 3 HP Samson.
  • Kyle Sears.

Q. How long have you been collecting gas engines?
A. I have been collecting gas engines for about 7 years.

Q. What attracted you to the hobby? 
A. I was interested in tractors before the engine bug bit me, and all I remember is that I owned five tractors and I was out of room for anything else. I quickly learned that there were a lot more engine manufacturers and models, which meant more variety, and I also learned that five engines take up about the same room as one tractor.

Q. Who else in your family collects engines? 
A. My father-in-law collects tractors, but lives in Indiana. We usually find a show or swap meet to attend when visiting each other.

Q. What engines do you have in your collection?
A. My collection peaked at about 20 engines, but I think I am at 16 or 17 now as I have sold a few to be able to purchase some of the more desirable ones.

Q. What is your favorite engine in your collection? 
A. My favorite engine would have to be my 3 HP Samson.  There are not many of them around Oklahoma, and it took a few years to talk a good friend into giving it up.

Q. What projects are you currently working on?
A. My current projects include a 1909 2 HP vertical Stover that is in pretty good shape and a 6 HP John Deere.


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