It Was By Accident I Found This Engine

| May/June 1997

  • United 3-4 HP engine

  • United 3-4 HP engine

909 N. James Street Ludington, Michigan 49431

'It Was By Accident...' that Steven J. Dvorak, 909 North James Street, Ludington, Michigan 49431 found this United 3-4 HP Type A, beautifully photographed for our cover by Matt McMellen.

A friend and member of the local engine club, Kevin Whitaker, and I decided we should visit another member, about 25 miles away. We knew he had a large amount of iron in a garage and enjoyed talking about the contents.

We arrived at his home after listening to the normal hints from the wife 'We don't need more junk in the garage' 'Don't bring anything home.' I still don't see how she could even consider this hobby as junk collecting.

We arrived and found the owner in a trading/selling mood. We entered the garage and, as usual, it was filled to the rim. We were here several times and were used to walking over model A's and a truck or two, stepping on and over engines. The walkways were not open but filled with engines, parts and boxes of great stuff. I, at this time, was interested in a Standard twin; but although he had some, none were for sale.

While Kevin was looking at one side of the garage I was at the other. He found some that interested him but were not for sale. He called me over to assist him in uncovering some jewel he had found. In the process we had to move, twice, an old rusty engine laying on the dirt floor. After it had rolled over my foot twice, I took the hint and gave it a good look-see.