Engine Adventure

| May/June 1987

  • Old engine buff

  • Old engine buff

Route 4, Box 96, Brookville, PA 15825

I have read many stories about how men hunted and recovered old engines. They were very interesting and I enjoyed them very much. I have an adventure that I would like to share with GEM readers.

One of the workers I worked with bought an abandoned oil lease, with the idea of cleaning it up and putting it into production if possible. At lunch time he was telling all about it. He knew I hunted and bought old engines and restored them. He told me there was a small engine behind one of the engine houses and maybe I could use parts off it or even repair it. He said it looked like it had laid out a good many years, and if I was interested, he would show me where it was. Of course I was interested. We decided on an evening after work that we both had free.

We met at the lease, located in Clarion County, Pennsylvania, with lots of underbrush. We could not drive in because of the growth and bad roadway and many holes. A railroad ran through the lease and came within three hundred feet of the old engine house where the engine was, so we walked down the tracks a mile or so, then through very thick brush to the engine house.

When I saw the engine it was in very rough condition, but being an old engine buff, I knew with a lot of work it would run again. It was an early Economy 2? HP. We settled on a price satisfactory to both of us.

What concerned me the most was how to get it out. It was impossible to get out the road. We walked back the railroad tracks to where our vehicles were parked. All the way home my thoughts were how to get the engine out to the blacktop road to load it on a pickup truck.