Museum Visit Cures 'Iron Fever'

| August/September 1991

4960 Sioux Way Okemos, Michigan 48864

It was a cold, dark day in Michigan, and pushed by gusty winds, the snow was falling sideways. The old iron fever was running high. I went out to the garage and tried to tinker with the Stover. Soon the hands were numb from the chill of 'old iron.' Got to get more heat in here! Sure wish spring was here!

Suddenly, I get an idea. Let's jump in the pickup and go visit the R. E. Olds Transportation Museum in downtown Lansing, Michigan. I've lived in these parts for many years and never visited the place.

As you might guess from the name R. E. Olds Museum, I discovered that the biggest share of the exhibit is devoted to cars and trucks, namely Oldsmobiles and Reos. Then I spotted some gas engines, six in all, tucked back against the rear wall. This was more like it! I did look over the displays of cars, etc., but 'flywheels' were the main attraction.

The city of Lansing accounted for some 26 manufacturers of engines in the early days. To get a good idea of the part that R. E. Olds played in the engine world, may I refer you to Wendel's American Gasoline Engines, pages 231, 355, and 452. Mr. Wendel did a beautiful job with this book.

If you ever get to Lansing, be sure to visit the museum. It is located downtown and is easy to find. My fever cooled somewhat for the day, but I know there are a lot of days ahead. Think Spring!