JUST LOVE THESE OLD ENGINE


| August/September 2000



Antique Engines

442 CT Highway 39 Worcester, New York 12197

I got hooked on antique engines about three years ago. The first one I ever saw was about six years ago, when my brother Ryan had picked up one from a guy my husband, Bill Brooker, was drilling a well for. At the time I really didn't pay much attention to it, but the sound it made was unique. Then my dad, Norman Ives, started collecting engines in 1996. To date, I think he has around thirty of them. Every day he is out in his shop tinkering on one or another or making carts for them. I swear he has paid more attention to those engines than he ever did one of his eight kids.

I have never seen someone change as he has since getting into the engine hobby. He was always quiet and never said a word to anyone, but now, watch out if you ask him about his engines, you had better be prepared for a long discussion. I have to admit though, after listening to him and many others who talk of old engines, one learns a lot.

In 1998 my husband and I started going to engine shows and joined Papa's Antique Engine Club-my father and mother were already members. This is when I started getting really enthused, and I believe my husband wished I had never laid eyes on an engine. Don't get me wrong, he loves these ol' engines too, and has an interest in restoring them.

This past winter my husband restored at least six engines, a Ford 9N tractor, and a scale model of a Rumely OilPull. All of these engines and tractors can be seen at our website, which I made, to let others see what we have gotten ourselves into. The address is www.hitnmiss.net, and I have started a Yahoo Club for Papa's Antique Engine Club, which can be viewed from our website.

I somehow got elected to be the auctioneer for Papa's Antique Engine Club Show's auctions. That is most interesting, as I have never been an auctioneer. My feelings for engine shows and the people you meet at the shows is expressed in a poem on our web page. One will never meet nicer people.