Justin Likes His Grandfather's Galloway


| February/March 1990



Justin Taylor Smith

Justin Taylor Smith checks out the 1 HP Galloway.

Box 292, Hooper, Nebraska 68031

My acquaintance with gas engines, old tractors and steam engines began about 24 years ago after my father-in-law and his brother took me to Bill Mayberry's threshing show in Niobrara, Nebraska. At that time I was living near Burke, South Dakota, which now puts on a small threshing and gas engine show every year the first weekend in August.

I guess this is where I got 'hooked' on the smell of burned oil and gas that those beautiful old engines put out. I stumbled across my first engine right in a good friend and neighbor's yard. It was a 1? HP John Deere, Type E on trucks. She had it in an old scrap iron pile, but it was not stuck.

Not knowing the first thing about those things, it was my first experience. I loaded it up in the trunk of my car and hauled it 250 miles to Nebraska where I lived at that time. After that I proceeded to tear it down and learn what made this thing 'putt.' It was missing a needle valve, which I replaced with no problem, rigged up a new gas tank and oil pan. There was also a key sheared off on the magneto gear, which was probably the main reason it was junked.

Then came a little experimenting and we had it off and running!

After a new coat of paint I was into a new hobby which I have loved to do since. Over the years I have acquired about a dozen engines, the latest being a 1? HP air cooled Galloway from a guy in South Dakota. It is probably my favorite engine and I have just finished it after removing the mice nests from it.