550 Carnegie Avenue, Peterborough, Ontario K9L 1N2
My father and my uncle acquired quite a collection of gas
engines and tractors, from private deals, auction sales, etc. One
day they brought home an old washing machine powered by an old
kick-start Briggs and Stratton gas engine type WMB. When I was
about seven years old, my father gave me the engine. I hooked it up
to different things like old water pumps, old time milking
machines, and also an old furnace blower. I had a lot of fun with
it, but I finally outgrew it, so I set it up on the shelf in my
When I was about seventeen, my brother and I were at an auction
sale out at an old go-cart track that went out of business. One of
the items up for sale was an old butter box with a couple of WMB
engines, the same as my father had given me, except they were all
in pieces. We bought the box of parts for about $10.00. I
didn’t do much with them when I got them home except think of
what I just wasted $10.00 on, so I packed the box of parts away in
my father’s basement in an old cupboard.
Three or four years later I was married, had my own house and my
own basement, and wanted something to tinker with in my spare time.
I remembered the box of parts at my father’s place. I took the
parts down to my home, examined everything, and found I wasn’t
missing a whole lot of parts except very minor ones. I had enough
for two complete engines. Well, to make a long story short, I am
now thirty years old, and have all the engines finished and
restored as original.
I am hoping my son (shown above with me and my engines) will be
inspired the same way I was.