It Was Worth The Wait!

| September/October 1997

  • Old engines in barn
    As found, in 1991.
  • Hercules engine
    Loaded, ready for its new home.

  • Old engines in barn
  • Hercules engine

26 Pineview Drive Henrico, North Carolina 27842

In the spring of 1991, while sitting and talking with a friend, the upcoming season of grass cutting and summer activities brought to mind the subject of old iron. My friend told me about another friend, who had one of those old engines in his barn. I asked if we might go look at it, so he made arrangements for this visit.

When we arrived at the location it was the old family home, which was unoccupied. We went around the old house to the back where the barn was, and sure enough, there under old bushel baskets, grass bags and boards was an 8 HP Hercules engine with saw attachment. We uncovered it, and he suggested it might still run, so he found a can of very smelly gasoline, poured some in the primer, and rocked it back and forth a few times. On the third or fourth crank, it hit and continued running.

I asked if he would like to sell it. 'Not really,' he said. 'I remember when I was a boy, Dad used to cut wood for people and it is just another family memory.'

We continued to visit and talk about the engine occasionally. In December 1995, while I was out of state, he passed away. When I returned, I tried to find who inherited the property.

While discussing the 8 HP Hercules with a relative of the family, he informed me he had one in his shed, a 1 HP Hercules, which I purchased on the spot.