Young Iron: 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.
Q. As a young collector what are some of the obstacles you’ve come across?
A. Money and vacation time from work are always obstacles. I have been very fortunate in that my older friends have been very helpful and encouraging. I would like to thank them for sharing their wisdom and expertise with me.
Q. What are your favorite engines in general, and why?
A. I started out as a John Deere/Waterloo fan, but I have recently taken a liking to International engines. There is a large variety of International engines and several of them are desirable for collectors.
Q. If money weren’t an issue, what is your dream engine to own?
A. I would like to own a large screen-cooled Titan/Famous engine. A sideshaft Mogul wouldn’t be out of the question either.
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