A True Story


| November/December 1989



Originally published in the Branch 3 'News Letter'. Submitted by Menno L. Kliewer, Nat'l. Secretary, EDGE&TA, 43138 Road 52, Reedley, California 93654, who clipped it from the Spring 1989 issue of 'The Hit & Miss', Branch 8 News.

The story you are about to read was told to me by Branch 3 member Dave Pryor, who is a professional diesel truck mechanic. I will write it in his words:

Work was slow in Morgan Hill, California, where I live and work, so when a friend of mine told me of a farmer in Firebaugh who needed an engine rebuilt, I was ready to go. I headed south on Monday morning in my service truck.

When we arrived on the ranch and met the farmer we were glad to see the truck was inside a barn. It's always much nicer to rebuild an engine when you can work inside. The barn looked like any other barn on the outside, but inside it looked like it had recently been cleaned, making enough room for the truck and a little extra floor space.

The first day was spent taking the engine completely apart and ordering the parts needed for reassembly. By 3:00 p.m. this was done, and we asked if we could look around the barn area for any 'old iron' that might be laying around. The farmer said he didn't mind but asked what kind of 'old iron' we were looking for. WE told him of our engine club and the one lunger engines. He said he didn't know anything about one lungers but did know about 'hot heads'. Call 'em what you want, they're all the same.

As we talked, the farmer told us that about three weeks earlier a man came by who heard that there were some engines here and needed some parts for one of his engines. He found the parts needed but when he was told he would have to take the whole engine, and not just the needed parts, the man left. We asked if maybe he was asking too much money for the engine and the farmer said, 'Didn't ask'em for no money, just wanted the engines out of here.'