Notice To Bid

| June/July 1994

R.D. 1, Box 80 Feura Bush, New York 12067

It all started one quiet evening in March of 1993 while I was sitting in the living room reading old back issues of Gas Engine Magazine. My wife, Liz, called to me and said I had a phone call. My friend Kevin had called to tell me of an ad he found in the Catskill local paper, about 30 miles south of where I live. Under legal notices, it read: 'Notice To Bid Selling by sealed bid the following items: traffic light, '81 Ford, old Wheel Horse tractor.' But the one item which caught his and my attention was an 'Edson antique pump (restorable),' with a set minimum bid.

As he continued telling me about how he had gone down to look at it, and how it looked something like a Fuller & Johnson pump jack engine mounted on a diaphragm pump, my heart started racing and I had a lump in my throat! As he kept telling me all about it, things were going through my mind like, 'Is he going to bid on it? Is he interested in it? Or is he telling me about it so I could bid on it?' After five minutes of hearing him explain it to me, I finally asked him if he was bidding on it. He .replied no, because it was too large for him and he already had a water pump.

After getting off the phone with Kevin, I looked at Liz and asked if she would be interested in going for breakfast the following morning and 'perhaps' looking at this engine. She had a feeling what I was up to, but agreed.

The next morning came, but very slowly. When we arrived at the Catskill D.O.T. garage where the engine was stored for the last few years, I couldn't get out of the van fast enough! As Kevin had said, it looked like a Fuller & Johnson vertical air cooled engine on a diaphragm pump mounted on a cart which had wooden spoke wheels and rubber tires. At first glance I thought the cart was homemade, but a small plaque was riveted to the cart which read, 'Manufactured by Edson Mfg.

'Before' photo of Edson Mud Pump. Its 3' bore and stroke are the same as the Fuller and Johnson pump, so I'm assuming it must be 1 HP. The cart is equipped with Ford Model T wheels and hubcaps from Edson factory. Bosch mag equipped.


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