Hit-and-Miss


| May/June 2002


I don't know about your part of the country, but around here spring is definitely in the air. The show season is really starting to hit its stride, and reports so far have been nothing but positive. Lots of new old iron appears to be making the rounds this year - not much of a surprise considering the number of engines that are continually being unearthed and put back into form.

In fact, just when you think there can't possibly be any more 'lost' engines out there, yet another one comes out of hiding or hibernation. The 1911 4 HP Waterloo Boy reader Bob Naske recently pulled from a shed is a perfect example. Forgotten and unused for some 35 years, this old Waterloo Boy is back in running form. Bob stayed away from a full-on restoration, choosing instead to leave this engine in its work clothes, centering his work around a mechanical refreshening and replacing the rotten and damaged timbers it sat on. Remarkably, this engine appears to have been in the same family since new, and it's a treasure in the old iron collective. You'll find Bob's story on page 24. In the mean time, keep a sharp eye out - there's lots of old iron still waiting to be found.

I look forward to your comments and questions about Gas Engine Magazine. Contact me anytime at (785) 274-4379, 1503 SW 42nd St., Topeka, KS 66609-1265, or via email at: rbackus@ogdenpubs.com.














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