Les's Engine


| October/November 1991



Little Briggs and Stratton

3611 LaChance Road, Lake City, Michigan 49651

I have been sitting here staring at the typewriter keyboard for the past ten minutes, trying to think of what I want to say. This machine won't help me at all. I don't have a very smart typewriter!

When a picture of this little Briggs and Stratton, Model PB, appeared in the Reflections column of the March 1991 issue of GEM, I didn't know what it was. I would like to thank the thirty-two people who wrote me with information. THANKS!! And a special thanks to Ed Kinch of Kinch Machine, West Branch, Michigan, for the valve job and the special help he gave me.

I have been in the insurance business for more years than I care to think about. Most of my business has been with farmers and retired farmers. During the early sixties I could have had numerous engines and tractors just for hauling them away, or for junk price at most. But having been raised with tractors that wouldn't run and assorted pieces of equipment that were worn out by the time we got them, I sure didn't need any more JUNK at that time! What was it that someone said about 'too soon old and too late smart?' Over the past seven years since I became interested in old iron, I have picked up some from my business contacts, but the easy pickins are gone.

Over the years, many of my clients have become friends. This was the case with Les Belcher and his wife Betty. Les and Betty hadn't been clients very long before I found that Les had quite a few engines. After drooling on them I tried to talk him loose from them. No dice! He said the engines were going to his sons when he was through with them. Having met his boys, I believe these old engines will have a good home for some time.

I picked out two engines, a two cylinder ten horse Novo hopper cooled and the little Briggs or whatever it was (kind of the dregs of his collection) and told him that if the kids weren't interested in those I would like to buy them. He just grinned at me.