One Thing Led To Another

| May/June 1992

  • 1 HP Engine

  • 1 HP Engine

3821 Hope St. Klamath Falls, Oregon 97603

I've read in GEM many times how someone was given an engine and I thought: 'That could never happen to this kid!'

How wrong I was in my thinking, because two years ago on a rainy March afternoon, I got a phone call from a friend of mine, who asked me if I would be interested in a Graham-Paige rototiller. He thought there was an engine on the property somewhere, too! I told him I'd be there in 30 minutes. I got my son and piled into the pickup and drove over there. It was still raining like there was no tomorrow!

When we got there, Henry motioned to us to drive around to the barn. There sat the tiller. The recoil starter was gone and the muffler was rusted through, but the engine wasn't stuck and it showed promise; you gotta think positively!!

It took four of us to lift it into the truck and in the process, I came across the engine that he had told me about.

It had been covered with an old canvas, which made it look more like a big rock. When we uncovered it, it was a small 1? HP engine; the name tag on the water hopper read: 'Little Jumbo, Mfg. by Nelson Bros., Saginaw, Mich., 1? HP Style 'P'.'