Speaking of Your Hobby. . .

| July/August 2000

P.O. Box 261 Peterstown, West Virginia 24963

Never pass up an opportunity to discuss your hobby with friends and co-workers. The more eyes and ears you have, the better.

In the fall of 1998, a friend told me he had seen an old engine for sale near a four-lane highway, about fifteen miles from my home. I was more than a little embarrassed at not finding it myself. This soon passed, for I didn't want the embarrassment to include missing a chance to purchase the engine.

First, a trip was in order to see exactly what it was. 'Be sure to take the camera,' I reminded myself. Several 'before' shots have been lost forever in the excitement of a total restoration.

I've been collecting engines for about ten years. Many of my engines have been acquired from other collectors. Some were already 'runners,' but a few were in 'as found' condition. The most fun are the stationary engines, meaning just that; nothing will move. Such was the case with this find. Boy, what a chunk of rust! A quick look at the tag confirmed it was a 7 HP Fuller-Johnson, Type 'N.' A later serial number check revealed A 1918 birthdate. The engine was on a buzz-saw rig, but the cart appeared to be an old narrowed car or truck frame. The wheels and axles, however, looked original. A stretch of the tape measure told me I couldn't haul it. At the time, I had a twelve-foot trailer and the saw rig was the same length. With the engine on one end, the weight distribution just didn't seem proper.

Armed with my first gathering of information, and having shot half a roll of film, it was time to locate the owner.