Facts and Fun

| September/October 1971

Students at Warren Western Reserve High School Warren, Ohio 44485

The hobby of restoring gas engines has quickly gathered momentum in the shop at Warren Western Reserve High School. Our Power Mechanics instructor is Mr. Preston Foster, whom many of you know. The interest in gas engines began with Mr. Al Lietzow, our Graphic Arts instructor. (Refer to GEM, Vol. 5, No. 3, May-June 1970 for Mr. Foster's story on how it began.) Mr. Lietzow's hobbies are varying but the 3 hp. Fairbanks-Morse 'Z' engine which he brought into the Power Mechanics shop is the one which has aroused the interest in gas engines at Western Reserve High School. Mr. Foster has now become addicted to these little gems and his interest along with that of Mr. Lietzow's in the restoration and preservation of these engines and Early American farm culture is now spreading here at school. Through the opportunity of working on engines which were obtained by and belonged to Mr. Foster and Mr. Lietzow, we became involved and decided that we would like to become engine owners and collectors ourselves.

Mr. Lietzow and Mr. Foster were only too happy to have us accompany them to various shows this past summer. As we attended more and more shows, our interests grew rapidly, and before long, the hunt for our own engines was well underway. These searches were as unique as the engines themselves. Garry's 1? hp. Fairbanks-Morse, Type 'Z' engine was found in a hayloft, in a rickety, old, dilapidated, run down, reasonable facsimile of a barn. Not being fully prepared to remove this engine from the hayloft, we were forced to resort to the equipment and facilities at hand which consisted of our muscle power and one questionable rope. While the engine was being lowered, Mr. Lietzow suddenly yelled, 'the rope is breaking!' When Mr. Foster heard this, he immediately grabbed the end of the rope nearest to him, but Mr. Foster soon realized that he made a mistake in that he had grabbed the broken end of the rope. Therefore, Mr. Lietzow was left with the entire weight of the engine balancing precariously overhead. Luckily though, Mr. Lietzow was able to bring the engine down, somewhat under control, by himself.

Group at Trumbull County Fair -- kneeling, Mr. Preston Foster. Standing left to right: Ron Van Horn, Tom Jones and Garry Keefer.

Tom's engine, a 1? hp. Jaeger, came from Burrough's Used Farm Machinery in Zelienople, Pennsylvania. His engine was passed over many times because of its roughness and because it was buried in mud up to its hopper. Now that it's restored though, one would never know it.

Garry Keefer and restored 'Junk' -- 1? hp. Fairbanks-Morse, Type 'Z'.