A Two HP New Holland

| August/September 1996

24 Hoyle Road Craryville, New York 12521

Minutes after the GEM arrived, my fifteen year old son John called out to me, 'Dad, there's a two HP New Holland with cart for sale in Perry, New York.' Now you have to realize that John really liked everything about these New Holland engines. In fact, it seemed that Wendel's Gas Engine Encyclopedia was always open to Page 338. Well, maybe it was time to make a move, so I asked John to give the owner a call. What, no phone number, just an address? We sent out a letter, and a few days later I received a phone call from Mike, the owner. After discussing the condition of the engine, an asking price was agreed upon that convinced me that the six-hour trip might well be worth it, and the next day young John and I were heading west on the New York State Thruway.

We found the house with no problem, since it seemed that everyone in the town of Perry knew Mike's father, and his collection of fine restored Massey Harris tractors. The New Holland was exactly as described, except for one minor problem: it would not start.

We tried for over an hour in that muggy 90-plus degree heat to get it started, and that New Holland would always give a pop and a puff of smoke just before we were ready to quit. I believed that it indeed had run in the past, and some fine tuning was all that was needed. After Mike and I settled on a fair price, we loaded it up in the back of my pickup, and headed for home. I wish all you readers could have seen the grin on John's face when that deal was closed. My wish was his dream, and in that moment, we all realized that in this hobby, more than a sale takes place when pieces of old iron change hands.

I have to stop for a moment and state that young John has a good knack for knowing how things work, and has previously restored a 1951 John Deere A and a very seized up and thoroughly rusted 5 HP Waterloo Boy gas engine. He will write about these in the future.

Back at home, within minutes after unloading, John had that New Holland's loose magneto cleaned up, tightened fast, and just a chugging along; rough but still a relief to hear. Nothing beats listening to an engine for the first time.