Family Tradition

A Family that Goes to Gas Engine Shows Together, Stays Together

| October 2005

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    Another 1917 Fuller & Johnson engine, a 1-1/2 HP model. An optional low-tension magneto was available for this, the baby brother to the 7 HP Model N. Both F&J engines are equipped with battery ignition.
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    This 1917 7 HP Fuller & Johnson Model N was a beautiful sight to see run. As Larry Holderman told me, “It was probably used on a line shaft or perhaps powered a buzz saw.” They even have the original crank guard on the engine, as well as t
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    The Holdermans’ stunning Associated engine is a 1-1/2 HP Chore Boy. The details are painstakingly done, right down to the original gas tank, which is surprising, as most are rusted away or missing. Reproduction tanks are available, but the Holderman
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    This beautiful 1925 ARCO 2 HP engine was made for the Hardie Pump Co. for orchard sprayers. It still has the original cover over the crankshaft. This was for clearance purposes during its probable use in orchard work. It uses a Wico PR-type magneto, as us
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    The bright green 1917 Mogul 1 HP engine was totally complete when found and is now beautifully restored to its original condition. Even the original muffler was put to use. As Larry told me, “This engine would run on just about any type of fuel avai

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During the 2005 Northern Indiana Power from the Past Antique Power Show held at the Winamac, Ind., city park last July, I was attracted to a very neat working display of restored gas engines.

As I soon discovered, this was the Holderman family display of engines. As Stan, the father, told me, "We've been collecting for 30 years or so and find it a big challenge to take an old non-working piece of equipment and restore it back to original, or as close to original as possible." Stan, his wife, Aleta, their son, Larry, and his son, Matthew, travel to many shows displaying their beautifully restored engines.

Matthew, the youngest of the group, is only 15 years old but has already rebuilt a 1-1/2 HP Fuller & Johnson Model N engine and a beautiful Maytag engine.

A very striking feature I noticed about the Holderman family is that they combine their hobby into a wonderful, wholesome family activity. This is something we as collectors and restorers must do for the future of our hobby, something that I'm sure Stan, Aleta, Larry and Matthew are very much aware of.



Stan and Larry Holderman welcome any correspondence about the collecting of vintage gas engines or other vintage equipment. They can be reached at: (574) 267-4714; holdermanacres@kconline.com

Contact engine enthusiast Bob Crowell at: P.O. Box 103, Batesville, IN 47006; (812) 934-4364; vintageequipmags@yahoo.com