| July/August 1990

  • Engine

  • Engine

P.O. Box 184 DeKalb Junction, NY 13630

It all started when I was a young boy listening to my father tell about the hit & miss gas engines he had used to pump water and milk with on a farm the family had once worked. Being a boy of the modern world, I found it hard to understand how such an engine could have worked. Well, a number of years passed by and I got my chance to see one of these engines.

I was hooked immediately. The next step was to go to an engine show to see how they ran. My wife Cheryl and I had a great time at the show and we both knew we had the rusty iron fever. The search was on for our first engine.

Only a few weeks passed before we found it-a 5 HP Hercules engine that had been sitting in a farmer's field for close to forty years. Much of the engine was rusted tight, but with luck the piston was removed for repairs and never replaced. That was a big plus for us. We bought the poor old engine and with the help of my father and nephew we got it home. This is when the fun, years of hard work and headaches began. We sure had our work cut out for us.

The restoration has been slow and costly, but with the help of my friend Mr. Eli Tracy of Hermon, NY, the engine has begun to take shape. Mr. Tracy was able to make some of the needed parts in his garage work shop. Without his help and engine expertise I would never have made it as far as I have. After almost 2? years, the Hercules is about finished. All good things come with time.

I own two other engines, which my wife and I restored while waiting for parts for the Hercules. One is a Sandwich Cub and the other is a Mc-Cormick-Deering IHC 1?-2? HP LA engine. We took these two engines to just about every engine show in northern New York and a few shows in Canada. We sure made a lot of new friends and met some of the finest people in the world. This is a great hobby-and a great family hobby.