Before restoration view of the Superior
57754 CR 388, Grand junction, MI, 49056.
Since I've known the Krizans, I have gotten introduced to the world of antique engines and tractors. I must say this has become contagious because I now find myself researching information, wondering about these marvels of history.
I have been watching my husband, Fred, restore this Superior 22? HP engine. We have researched information as far back as the late 1800's as far as the vintage of this engine. According to the serial number it could have been produced as early as 1847. I know stationary steam engines were a reality as far back as 1830 and with this Superior displaying its longevity, it is a good possibility. We are open for any facts or speculation.
Fred has worked feverishly and diligently on this project. Folks visiting our place marvel at what he has done. We have watched him work on many engines and tractors. He has made them look new again and makes them run better than when they were new. If he can't get parts, he makes them on his lathe. I haven't found anything he can't do.
You might feel you are reading a prejudiced story, but it is just realism I would like to share with you. He doesn't boast about his projects, but silently makes things happen.
With this big work load he still finds time to help other people . . never taking any credit. Leave it to a woman to try to change things. I would just like to give him recognition.
This wonderful Fred is also the Vice President of the VAN BUREN FLYWHEELERS. BUSY. . .BUSY ...BUSY.