In Love with Fairbanks-Morse and Company

| April/May 1993

3737 Highway 43 S., St. Joseph, Tennessee 38481.

One of my most exciting engine hunts and finds came about in the usual way. Inquiring with friends, hunting at shows, then advertising in the GEM for that particular model, I have a 1 HP Jack Junior, a 2 HP H, and a 6 HP H, but I couldn't find that elusive 4 HP to make a full set of Model H Jack of All Trades.

So, lo and behold I get an answer from a GEM subscriber in Washington state, who says he has a 4 HP H he would sell, but I would have to take a 2 HP in a package deal. This I had to study about for a while, because I already have a 2 HP and that trip, (what a trip!) for a Tennessee country boy! Now for a deal like this I had to get the 'better-half' involved. (Vacation, yeah!)

All this took place about mid-winter 1990-91. We talked about trying to work this engine trip into a vacation, providing the gent in Washington would hold the engines until September, 1992. He agreed to hold them as long as necessary, and we agreed on the price.

The catch to this whole thing is, where I work, you can't pick all your vacation at one time for the whole year. (Two weeks, six thousand miles, trying to sightsee.)

What I have gotten myself into? Is a rusty old engine worth it? Well, we got the maps out, studied them for weeks trying to find a few places of interest we might have time to sight see. As time got closer, we agreed on about five places of interest.