| April/May 1989

  • Lindsey Engine

  • Lindsey Engine

4310 Blue Lagoon Road, Shelbyville, Michigan 49344

This is a picture of my two Lindseys: a 1920 Lindsey Alamo built in Hillsdale, Michigan by Alamo Mfg. Co. for the Lindsey Company of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Lindsey Jo Sower of Bloomingdale, Michigan, who just happens to be my first-born granddaughter.

I had looked for several years to purchase a Lindsey engine before I finally could acquire one.

Lindsey Jo is 6 years old and in the first grade. She loves to go to engine shows with me and my wife Marilyn. She says this is her engine and even lets me take it to shows even when she can't go too. I painted my engine candy apple red, as her parents own an apple orchard, and I think this is the original color as close as I can find out. So this is the reason there are so many apples in the photo along with my two Lindseys.

One of the reason us old engine nuts restore these old engines and show them is so our grandchildren and other children will know what they look like and what they were used for, back in the good ol' days. Engine shows can be a hands-on experience and history lesson for young and old alike. I can't count the times I have been asked if my engines were new and where they could buy one just like it.

My Lindsey is the only engine I have ever bought that ran when I got it (well, kind of ran). I completely disassembled, cleaned, replaced and restored the whole engine. I built a brass gas tank, skid, and handles to go with it. I showed it for the first time at the Dixie Model A Ford Club Swappers' Day in Mt. Vernon, Ohio in May 1988, and about a dozen other shows throughout the summer.