Have a GEM of a Holiday, 2010

| 11/12/2010 11:24:00 AM

Tags: Christmas 2010, Gas Engine Magazine, Farm Collector, products,

It’s hard to believe, but Christmas 2010 is just around the corner. I’m already being asked by my wife and family for my Christmas gift ideas. I don’t know about you, but answering that question is only getting harder the older I get. Truth is, if there’s something I need or want and I have the extra money, I’ll just go ahead and buy it. I’ve never been known to be patient, but forcing myself to make a Christmas list has helped.

Anyhow, if you’re like me, you appreciate a little assistance in satisfying that yearly question of “What do you want for Christmas?” And while I’m sure each one of you has a child-like fantasy of waking up Christmas morning and finding your dream engine sitting in the garage with a big bow on it, allow me to offer some realistic last-minute gift ideas:

new 2011 show directory 

• The first item is definitely more of a “need” than a “want.” I mean, how else will you know where to go next show season unless you have the handy 2011 Farm Collector Show Directory? Packed with maps of each show location, detailed listings, club advertisements and commercial resources, the directory is your personal guide to the world of antique farm equipment shows. Your loved one can pre-order a copy for $14.95, with the first copies shipping on Feb. 28.

gas engine restoration 2010 christmas 

• I’m guessing that somewhere in your garage or shop there sits a very rough engine that you’ve been meaning to restore but simply keep neglecting for one reason or another. Well, gas engine restorer Peter Rooke knows exactly what it’s like to turn a basketcase into a work of art, and he shares that expertise through his step-by-step book simply titled Gas Engine Restoration. If you’ve hit a roadblock in your restoration it’s likely that Peter has run into a similar problem and has come up with an interesting solution. Order his book for $19.99.