| March/April 1985

  • Olufson Truck
    The Olufson truck loaded up for the cross country trip.

  • Olufson Truck

14413 Hatteras Ave. Van Nuys California 91401

This summer past, my wife Karen and I delivered a 16 HP New Era gas engine from California to Connecticut on the back of our 1935 Ford 1 ton truck. What a sight to behold! Wherever we stopped it was the same: 'What year's the truck?' 'What's that thing on the back?' 'What's it do?' 'Where are you taking it?' One man up in Oregon even flagged us down right on the highway! Said he was a collector also.

I had the pleasure of going to a few gas engine shows back east and met a lot of nice people. I also noticed how many people in this hobby throughout the country donate their time and efforts putting on these shows asking for absolutely nothing in return. When you stop and look at what these people have accomplished, strictly by donation, it makes me proud.

We also had the pleasure of stopping at Wakelee, Michigan to visit with our dear friends, Ed and Annetta Thournburg. Ed has built his sawmill all from scrap parts and it works beautifully. He also has some nice engines. You have to be careful with Ed though and not admire his stuff too much or he will want to give it to you! Hope we can get back to see them soon.

We stopped and picked up another engine for the return trip from Ken Wolf in Peru, Indiana. Never have seen such a fine collection as his. The engine we picked up there was a 1894 Otto gas engine which went to Larry Thompson in Gardena, California. Larry is the president of our club at Vista, California, which is The Southwestern Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum. At this time, I would like to invite all of you to stop by our museum: South Guajome Park, 2040 North Santa Fe Ave. Vista California 92083. My home is always open also.