My First and Favorite

| May/June 2001

1603 S. Market Street, Oskaloosa, Iowa 52577-4025

Bill L. Briney of 1603 S. Market Street, Oskaloosa, Iowa 52577 tells the story of how he got started in the engine hobby.

This is the story of how I got started in the gas engine hobby. My wife Karen and I and my parents went camping to a lake in southeastern Iowa, Labor Day weekend in 1974. My dad suggested we take one day off from fishing and drive to Mt. Pleasant and visit the Old Threshers Reunion.

While there, we spotted a one cylinder Maytag for sale in the swap tent for $25. We split the cost and brought the Maytag back to the campgrounds.

After the carburetor, check valve, and points were cleaned, the Maytag started. I imagine the neighboring campers did not appreciate a Maytag popping away at midnight.

The next summer I found a farmer neighbor of Dad's had an old flywheel engine in his scrap iron pile that he would give us. Dad, Karen and I went and picked it up. It was a 2 HP Rock Island engine that years before he had taken a sledge hammer to. A scrap iron dealer was supposed to buy the iron pile but for some reason he never came back.