A Real Oddball

| June/July 1990

3012 S. Catherine Street Lansing, Michigan 48911

I first saw this engine at the Allendale, Michigan Show in 1986. The thought that came to my mind as I looked at it was, 'There is a real oddball!' The next time I saw it was at the Buckley, Michigan show on a Thursday in 1989. The man who owned it said it was for sale.

I drove home that night, 160 miles one way, and that engine was on my mind all night! I got up early the next morning and drove 160 miles back to the show. When I got there the engine was still there, so I bought it. 

It was not a pretty engine but I had a picture in my mind of what it was going to look like when I got through with it. The next morning I got up early and drove to the show at Brigdon, Canada. In the flea market I saw an old brass garden sprayer. I said to myself, 'There is my water tank.' The next weekend at Portland, Indiana, in the Trading Post, I bought a piece of brass pipe for my gas tank. At the flea market I bought a brass pot. I cut the ends for my gas tank from the pot. The next weekend at the Domino's Show at Ann Arbor, Michigan, I found a World War I ammo box for my battery and coil. The rest of the stuff I had lying around in my junk. The engine has a cast iron cylinder and a cast iron head. The flywheels are also cast, the rest is steel. It has a 3 inch bore and a 3? inch stroke. It has a round connecting rod and a hand forged crankshaft. It has an open crankcase and Model T Ford timing gears, valves, cam follower, spark plug and coil. The carburetor was missing so I put on an old Carter with a brass bowl I had. I made a new cart for it and dressed it up with a lot of brass. It starts and runs good. Numbers on the back of the muffler and 'Ford' on the timing gears are the only ID on it, so who made it and when may remain a mystery. I have had fun fixing it up and hope to have more fun showing it in 1990.