It's Official: I'm A Fuller & Johnson Collector

| August/September 1992

Fuller and Johnson Engine

Rt. 2,Box24-C Ceresco, Nebraska 68017

I first became interested in Fuller and Johnson engines at an auction in Western Iowa, where a huge collection of desirable engines was being auctioned off. I was a new collector and, unfortunately, most of the engines were selling for more than I wanted to spend. However, a line of engines that had been in a fire some years earlier caught my eye. Among others, this line included a 1? HP Fuller and Johnson 'N', a 2? Fuller and Johnson 'N', and a 3 HP Fuller and Johnson D. E. that had been partially disassembled at the time of the fire. There was also a complete 4 HP Fuller and Johnson D. E. on trucks.

To make a long story short, I went home with a 2? HP 'N,' a 4 HP Cushman binder engine on banjo trucks, and a 1? HP Cushman X engine. My friend and fellow collector Ted Schultz purchased the 1? N and the 4 HP D. E. We returned home, and I started to work on the 2? HP. First, I freed the frozen parts, and had to find new springs for the entire engine. Then I had the entire engine sandblasted. After that, the real fun started-I had to pour all new babbitt bearings. This was my first attempt at pouring bearings, and fortunately, everything turned out alright.

Next, I constructed a new gas tank and rebuilt the igniter.

Then, it was time for reassembling and painting. The castings were all smoothed, primed, and given three coats of Delstar acrylic enamel. As a final touch, I put new decals on. All of the hard work paid off, and I had a very fine engine.

At this time, my son Garth was talking about a project for a 4H engine club, so I thought about my friend Ted's 1? HP Fuller and Johnson. He finally agreed to sell me the engine, and the whole process was repeated. The engine received the trophy for best of show at the Camp Creek Threshing Show in 1985.