My Husband's Last Engine Show

For Larry Reed


| June/July 1994



3611 S. LaChance Road Lake City, Michigan 49651

Because of his love for antique tractors and engines, as well as the fellowship of the people, my husband's dying request was to have me write an article for GEM about his last engine show.

Larry had quadruple bypass surgery in July of 1990. He was diagnosed with congestive heart failure during the winter of 1990-91. He died on September 10, 1993, 2 weeks after his last engine and tractor show in Buckley, Michigan.

After Larry was diagnosed with congestive heart failure and could no longer handle the large tractors, he decided to restore gas engines. Larry had already restored a United Type F 4 HP engine. This engine had been used for buzzing wood for many years in the Cadillac, Michigan, area.

In August of 1992, Larry bought a 6 HP United on a cart at the Buckley show. The engine needed to be restored, stripped, and repainted. The 6 HP was bought at an auction prior to Larry acquiring it, and a lot of work was put into it then. The engine came from six miles northeast of Tawas City in the Wilber area. It was used in the woods to run a buzz saw rig.

The restoring and the engine shows took on more of an urgency for Larry because he did not know how much more time he had left to live. The doctors had given him a year to a year and half after he went into congestive heart failure in 1990. He felt he was living on borrowed time.