| November/December 1987

  • Engine

  • Engine

135 Kahn Road North Franklin, Connecticut 06254

This all started about eight or nine years ago. A second cousin of mine told me about an engine he had in his basement.

He described the engine as having no wrist pin, being like a steam engine using an oscillating cylinder. He also told me that he had gotten it from a factory in Stonington, Connecticut about 30 years prior to that.

Over the years I hinted that I would like to see the 'engine' but I was always told that it was too hard to get to. You see his basement was completely full up to eye level with one or two narrow paths to get from the stairs to the door etc.

As time went on and this person got older, he realized that he needed some help to do things. This being the case I was allowed into the cellar! More hints about seeing 'the engine' but still no response. Finally I outright asked to see it and was told that it was right there. Right there being about two feet away but you could not tell. You could only see empty coffee cans by the hundred.

About six months later I said that I thought I should dig it out so we could make it run. The response was well all right but be careful of the plywood hanging overhead.