Rescuing a 12 HP Domestic from the Bahamian Jungle, Part 3

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Editor’s Note: The following is Part 3 of Randy Reysen’s account of the rescue and restoration of a 12 HP Domestic gas engine from the Bahmian jungle. For the full story, first read Part 1 and then Part 2:

After Jim cleaned and crated the engine, it was time to get it through customs. When the engine got loaded onto the ship, apparently the paperwork got lost or mixed up and the captain almost did not accept it. I guess it took a few hours of work and a number of calls including getting the harbor captain out of bed, but the paperwork was verified and the engine was finally on its way!

It was ready then for pickup on Nov. 24th. The picture below is of the docks and the engine and the limestone crusher in their container prior to removal. The second photo is of my dad, Marshal, standing next to his, “Oh my God, what did I get myself into.”

Once the engine and the lime stone pulverizer made it back to the United States, we finally had a chance to look things over. Unfortunately, the speed lever was broken, the pulley was missing AND the guy that took the engine pried the brass serial number tag off the engine! We have not gotten the name tag back and don’t think we ever will. Thankfully we do have a picture of the tag and the serial number of the engine is 16238.

Jim said he looked the engine over when they were crating it and if he hadn’t sold his engine collection a few years ago he would have never let this one go. In Part 4, we begin the restoration!

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