Discovered: Engine in the Wild

| June/July 2000

  • Flywheel
    I spotted a flywheel buried in ivy.
  • Green brass parts
    Weathered green brass parts were everywhere.
  • Lathrop across the yard on plywood
    With Bill Honey's help I skid the Lathrop across the yard on plywood

  • Flywheel
  • Green brass parts
  • Lathrop across the yard on plywood

West Tree Frog Lane, Chilmark, Massachusetts 02535

It had been several years since I had discovered an early engine in the wild, and I was beginning to think that those days were gone forever. A few weeks ago, however, I got a lead at the town dump that sent me scrambling to locate and uncover an old engine.

This story involves some luck-being in the right place at the right time- and also a technique I have often used in the hunt for old iron-advertising. That day I went for a ride on my 1950 Solex motor bike and decided to swing into the dump to see what treasures might have come in.

I noticed an elderly fellow inspecting the Solex.

'I have one of these,' he said enthusiastically.

'A Solex? I asked.


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