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New Collector Appreciates GEM'S Help

| December/January 2000

29 Elm Court Millbury, Massachusetts 01527

I've been going to fairs and engine shows for years. I have always been interested in old machinery. I am a maintenance mechanic and have worked on a lot of old machines in a 200-year-old woolen mill that has now closed. I have always watched old machines and wondered how they work. When I was young, I went to the Woodstock Fair in Woodstock, Connecticut, held every fall. Since I first saw those old gas engines running in a faraway part of the fair, I have always wanted an engine. For years I thought they were out of reach because collectors and time had gotten them all. But a few years ago, I talked to a few people at a small fair held in Sutton, Massachusetts, called Waters Farm Days and they said, 'You can still get these engines and parts are quite common,' so I thought I still had a chance to get one.

Last year the last day of 1999, New Year's Eve, I purchased a Cushman binder motor, a 2 HP, from Jim Poquet of Uxbridge, Massachusetts. I asked him about engines, not knowing anything about this hobby, and he handed me a copy of Gas Engine Magazine and said, 'This will help you a lot.' I wrote in for a subscription and I got my first one in April. It was filled with information. I like the stories and pictures of rebuilds and finds. I also found many ads for parts, such as Hit &. Miss Enterprises, a bunch of great people who have helped me with parts, and Starbolt Engine Supplies, more great people.

I have just purchased a Stover 1? HP engine from a dealer in Danvers, Massachusetts, named Clark LaBell. It needed some parts but runs great. I have painted it and got all of the decals and nameplate to bring it back to the condition it was in 70 years ago.

I am looking forward to buying a Hercules 1? HP engine to be my next project. I would like to thank your magazine for making it all possible for me and many people like me. It is a great hobby and it keeps me out of trouble. I get to talk to a lot of helpful people, including yourselves. Thanks for being out there for us!


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