Young Iron: Tyler Harman

Antique gas engine collector Tyler Harman, age 16, was born an enthusiast, and has been collecting engines for as long as he can remember.

| October/November 2012

  • Tyler Harman
    International Harvester engines are Tyler's favorite.
    Photo Courtesy Tyler Harman

  • Tyler Harman

Q. How long have you been collecting gas engines?
A. I have had engines since I was born. Most people from engine shows remember me from being on the cover of GEM in May 2000.

Q. What attracted you to the hobby?
A. I went to engine shows with my dad and grandfather. I was two weeks old at my first engine show. There’s not a weekend in the summer that we are not at a show.

Q. Who else in your family collects engines?
A. My grandfather, great-grandfather, dad, cousins and uncle.

Q. What engines do you have in your collection?
A. Currently I own eight engines: 1-1/2 HP Hercules, 1-1/2 HP John Deere, 3 HP John Deere, 1 HP Titan Jr., 1-1/2 HP International M, 3 HP International M, 6 HP International M and 1 HP Gray.

Q. What is your favorite engine in your collection?
A. The Titan Jr. is my favorite because I always wanted one and the one I have I restored as a FFA project.

Q. Which shows do you normally attend each year? What show haven’t you been to yet that you’d like to see one day?
A. I usually go to Tri-State Gas Engine and Tractor Show  (Portland, Ind.), Coolspring Power Museum (Coolspring, Pa.), Mason-Dixon Historical Society Steam and Gas Round-Up (Westminster, Md.), Kingsdale Gas Engine Show (Pennsylvania), South Mountain Antique Engine Show at the Apple Blossom  Festival (Arendtsville, Pa.), Maryland Steam Historical Society Steam and Gas Engine Show (Arcadia, Md.), Loyalsock Valley Antique Machinery Show  (Pennsylvania), Tuckahoe Steam & Gas Assn. Show (Maryland) and many more around where I live or within driving distance.