New Holland Engines

In This Family, New Holland Engines are a Tradition Carried Down Through the Generations

| November/December 2002

Long before I was born my grandfather, George Jacob Sr., ran the family farm. When my father, George Jr., was old enough he started a scrap yard and late model car business. That was also when he started buying old engines.

Farmers weren't using them anymore, and they brought them to my father for scrap. He would pay from $25 to $50 for some of them, and he never scrapped an engine, even if it was only good for parts. At local auctions he was known as the 'engine man.'

Now a retired dairy farmer, my father has collected around 200 engines, including about any kind of 1-1/2 HP to 25 HP engine you can think of. He can tell you where he got just about every one, and he can also tell you a story about it. He collected a number of New Holland engines over the years as well, and my grandfather used to go around once a year and oil them up, turn them over - even start a few. My grandfather and my father always liked New Holland engines, and my father remembers bringing home a new 5 HP New Holland to use in the barn grinding feed.

That First Engine

Growing up on the farm I was around engines all my life. I remember going to shows and seeing all the neat engines, and I bought my first engine, a 2-1/2 HP Ottawa, when I was around 16 years old.

When I was about 17 I received the best Christmas present ever. Opening up a shoebox I found a crank handle, and I knew right away it was from a New Holland. My father told me I could go pick out a 5 HP New Holland engine for my present. At that time he had four 5 HP engines in the barn, so when I went to the barn to pick one I was like a kid in a candy store. I chose what I thought was the best engine, a 19145 HP on a high wheel #14 truck with its original battery box and a Hendricks magneto running off the flywheel - and it still had (and has!) a lot of original paint and pin striping.

There were so many other engines in the way you couldn't get to where the engine was sitting in the barn, and 10 years passed before I finally pulled it out. My father and I worked on it, and within half an hour we had it running, but not right. After a little more work and some cleaning I finally got it running smoothly. That was when I first became interested in New Holland engines. That year I pulled it in a local parade and won first place for the most original engine.