I Also Married A Gas Engine!


| February/March 1992


414 Oak Place, Crestview, Florida 32536

I knew that after marrying my husband there would be many adjustments we would face as a couple. I did not think that those adjustments would include getting used to the smell of gasoline, the chig-a-chig-a-boom sounds coming out of the garage, driving hundreds of miles to that one special show, or the loading and unloading of toys weighing up to 700 pounds. Not only did I marry my husband, but I also married the gas engine!

I have to say that the last three and a half years have been somewhat of an experience. I didn't even know what an engine was or even what one looked like! Now I am quite used to the words flywheels, magnetos, spark plugs, oilers and other parts that make them run. I can honestly say that I will never have to worry about my husband being unfaithful by bringing another woman into our home. No, instead I have an engine in the house. It does, however, add a nice touch to the decor of the room.

I never thought that I would be jealous of an engine, but at times I am. After watching my husband spend endless hours restoring a 2 HP International Famous, a 1? HP Associated, a 3 HP Simplicity, a 5 HP Jaeger, a 1? HP Sandwich and many more, I can see why this hobby means so much to him. He can take an old rusty looking piece of junk and turn it into a beautiful, working piece of art. Never has a wife been more proud of her husband than I am of mine. That is why I am writing this. David does such a wonderful job restoring engines, I felt it was time that I showed him how special I feel he is!

He takes the time to take an old broken down machine apart piece by piece and fixes, paints, and puts it back together to make an engine look 100%. I now understand why he spends hours loading the trailer and driving all those miles to a show. The explanation is quite clear when a stranger walks up with a puzzled look on his face, and David stands up smiling, ready to explain in detail how an engine works.

Yes, I still get a little jealous when David doesn't notice my new dress but can spot a flywheel sticking up out of the weeds in a field while driving down the highway! But I am proud of him and for all the work he does! And guess what? I even go to a show once in awhile. And when somebody walks up to the 5 HP Jaeger I run over with a smile and say, 'That one is mine!'






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