My First Side-Shaft Engine A 6 HP Badger, Wisconsin

| March/April 1991

Badger engine

2500 Curtis Road, Leonard, MI 48367.

On February 8, 1989, John Bender and I drove up to Grayling, Michigan to pick up an engine for John. It was one of Michigan's coldest and snowiest, windiest days.

It took us about four hours (200 miles) pulling a small trailer, to get to Wakely's Auto and Salvage Yard. We found Mr. Wakely in the house with a warm, roaring fire going.

After visiting and talking for awhile, John and I went out in the cold, zero weather to load his engine. I started looking at some of the other engines Mr. Wakely had around his place and spied a big engine with its nose frozen in the ground.

There were about five or six inches of snow covering the engine. After I got the name tag uncovered, it read: 6 HP Badger Mfg. by Christensen Engine Company, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

There were several parts missing, the head, valve cage, piston and connecting rod. Luckily, someone had put the mixing bowl inside the water hopper!