Finding Engines In All The Wrong Places

| January 2005

Though Robert hasn't found engines in any really unusual places, he knows of some people who have. One was found when a guy was driving by some road construction, and he saw a bulldozer pushing up dirt. He spotted what he thought was a flywheel, so he stopped, went out to the pile and, sure enough, found a gas engine that had been buried for who knows how long. Today, that engine has been completely restored.

A Wisconsin collector friend dug up an engine his father had owned, an Appleton that had been in the ground for about 50 years. Though not unusual, the engine's place of rest was beneath the foundation under an addition to their farmhouse. "I don't know if he bulldozed everything down, but he did go in and dig it out." Though the collector still has the engine, he hasn't restored it.