Fuller & Johnson Co. records return to their roots


| October/November 2008


It was 1966 when the shipping records of Fuller & Johnson Manufacturing Co., Madison, Wis., were given to me by Sever Thingstead.

Sever had been with F&J all of his working years. After the company went into bankruptcy, he worked for the bonding company that took over the business. This was basically a parts business with a few engines being assembled from the inventory. About 1945, they sold all of the remaining parts to Sever and A.J. West, who continued selling parts. After Mr. West passed away, Sever continued the business until 1954. Then, because of dwindling sales and Sever’s advanced age, he closed the doors of Fuller & Johnson forever. Only a few parts were saved and the remaining 80-plus tons were sold as scrap.

Sever retained the shipping records – more than 180 books – at his Madison home. It was there that I met Sever in 1962 when I asked him to look up the records of my two Fuller & Johnson engines. Sever and I became very good friends over the next few years with our common interest in engines and F&J.

He was a very interesting gentleman, and enjoyed sharing his information and experience over the next few years.



Sever decided to give the records to me in 1966 because of his age and failing health. He passed away in 1977 at the age of 94.

Later in 1966, I began researching serial numbers of the F&J engines for other collectors, being able to find when the engine left the factory and to whom it was originally shipped. Over the years, I have looked up more than 3,000 Fuller & Johnson engines for collectors.














SUBSCRIBE TO GAS ENGINE MAGAZINE TODAY!

Gas Engine Magazine A_M 16Gas Engine Magazine is your best source for tractor and stationary gas engine information.  Subscribe and connect with more than 23,000 other gas engine collectors and build your knowledge, share your passion and search for parts, in the publication written by and for gas engine enthusiasts! Gas Engine Magazine brings you: restoration stories, company histories, and technical advice. Plus our Flywheel Forum column helps answer your engine inquiries!

Be sure to take advantage of the Square Deal Subscription Program.

  • No Missed Issues.

  • No Renewal Notices.

  • No Additional Cost.

The Square Deal Subscription Program is designed as a paperless transaction with automatic renewals at a preferred low rate.   With advanced electronic notification, a 100% satisfaction guarantee and an easy opt-out plan, the Square Deal Subscription Program is the best value, risk free, eco-friendliest way to subscribe.




Facebook YouTube


Copyright 2018, All Rights Reserved
Ogden Publications, Inc., 1503 SW 42nd St., Topeka, Kansas 66609-1265