Another Engine Saved

| April/May 1994

  • Model F Economy engine
    1921 5 HP Model F Economy.

  • Model F Economy engine

2621 West400hl Warsaw, Indiana46580

Early May brings on spring crops and planning for the Waukee Swap Meet. In the past, my son, Larry Holder-man and I had attended without making prior arrangements for motel rooms. 1993 was better, as accommodations were obtained in early January.

After over twenty-five years in law enforcement, I am now a criminal investigator for the Kosciusko County Prosecutor's Office, and my son is a deputy sheriff with the Kosciusko County Sheriff Department. We arranged our work schedules so we could leave our homes in northern Indiana at noon on Thursday, with plans to be in Waukee that night, and attend the meet early Friday morning. Approximately eight hours of driving brought us to our motel, about seven miles from the show, where we stopped for the night.

The following morning, arising early, we were at the grounds before 8:00 a.m. Evidence of prior rains were found, with extremely threatening weather. The darkening skies held for less than an hour, when everything opened up. The sponsors of the meet should be commended for opening their buildings for shelter from the storm. Between showers, we checked much of the display, finally choosing a 5 HP Economy Model F on trucks. The engine was owned by a gentleman from Missouri, who stated it 'ran last year.' A price was agreed on, and after getting lunch and checking more of the grounds, we went back to the parking lot, which by then had turned into a mud bog. Thanks again to the operator of the F-series Far-mall tractor for pulling our pickup and trailer from the sea of mud.

Loading was accomplished by rolling the engine off the former owner's trailer and winching it onto our tilt-bed trailer. As we were blocking the drive for others, a quick tie-down was done and we pulled out onto I-80 a short distance to a rest area where the engine was secured for the long drive home. More rain was then encountered, along with many construction delays. Hours later, coming through Chicago, our trailer and tie-downs were 'tested' by the spring chuck holes that had not been repaired.

The following morning, after arriving home, the always needed 'before' pictures were taken and the new purchase was taken into our shop. An attempt was made to start the engine, and a few feeble pops were obtained, so we felt it could be 'saved.'