Engine With Trouble Magneto

| May/June 1990

  • B T engine
    Andre Racicot of 129 Clark, Sherbrooke, Quebec sent this photo of his B T engine.
    Andre Racicot
  • B & T engine
    Another view of the B & T engine.

  • B T engine
  • B & T engine

129 Clark, Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada J1J 2N4

Well, I bought it on the 13th day of June 1987. I drove 1300 miles to get it. I saw 13 ZILLION of ZILLION of potatoes, at place called Prince Edward Island. The island is number one place for potatoes in Canada. She's my 13th engine but cost a lot more than 13 dollars.

I'd shown my twelve engines to my cousin visiting me. He told me, 'Heck! In Prince Edward Island' (where he has been 13 years) 'there are more engines per square mile than there are beans in a big can of beans.'

So I persuaded the wife to go to Prince Edward Island. Not too much trouble there, but I want to go two months before the regular holiday not to miss anything, not to be late. Trouble, but we manage. So there we go engine hunting again for the fifth year in a row.

Prince Edward Island, yippie! Engine yes, but not a big can of beans, maybe a spoonful. Broken or rusted beyond repairing, or good but too expensive, or good but I don't want to sell, or want to sell but too big and I'm staying in the city, small place, small engine. Decide to drive home after one week with no engine. Got home 9:30 p.m. exhausted. I was going straight to bed. Nothing would make me move. I still have the key in the door, phone starts ringing. School friend 30 miles from my place. No Hello!

'Been trying to get you on the phone for five days. I bought you a small $%&*$@*(?) engine like you want. I've been carrying that #$&*%$@* thing in my car trunk for five days and everyday that $%*%^$#@* thing makes a new dent in my car trunk. You know about my sore back? It's worse! Yes I hurt my back putting that engine in my car trunk and tomorrow morning I've got to go on a long trip and that #$%$%&* thing is not coming for the ride. Out it goes tonight!'