My Newly Acquired Disease

| June/July 1998

418 Creekside Drive Amarillo, Texas 79124

After seeing my first engine at a flea market in Canton, Texas, in 1992, the hunt was on for one of my own! At that time I thought this was going to be hard to find, because surely nobody would have anything like that! (Little did I know at that time!) By chance, I was asking about engines in an antique shop in Austin, Texas, in November, 1994. The owner gave me the name of O. B. Maloy in Austin, who collected engines. After I met with Mr. Maloy over breakfast, he informed me I was not alone in the quest for old iron, and that lots of people out there were also bitten by the bug. WOW, after two years I was finally on the track!

O. B. took me to see his Krugers and now, more than ever, I really needed an engine. Since I lived in Amarillo, O. B. gave me the name of a man closer to my home, Paul Armstrong of Hart, Texas. He told me to contact him, as he might have an engine that could be bought. After I called Mr. Armstrong, I guess he could tell I needed a 'fix' for the newly acquired disease, and he invited me down to tour his collection.

A few days later I drove down to his farm and spent several hours looking at all of his engines, and trying to absorb as much information as possible on how and what made these engines run. He said he had a complete engine for sale that needed restoring.

Well, it didn't take long to load it up. My dream was now a reality, I had my first engine. It was a 1919 Fairbanks-Morse 3 HP 'Z' (see picture).

Back home I go with my engine, now late in December, 1994. Paul has a show on his farm every year on the second weekend of June and I've got to have my engine ready by then. During the next several months I restored the engine and was able to make it back to his show in June.