Pete And Joe

| June/July 1991

  • Peters pump

  • Peters pump

HCR 1, Box 39 Alsen, North Dakota 58311

Last summer (1990), when I was sixteen years old, I went to a threshing show near my home, the Prairie Winds and Pioneer Power Antique and Old Iron Threshing Show at Hampden, North Dakota. I am now a member of the association.

Well, anyway, I was walking around looking at the old engines, tractors, and other things that caught my eye, when I decided that I wanted to get involved, whether it be with a tractor or an engine, I wasn't sure.

The tractors were too much money for me, so I started looking for an engine. I knew of a man in a nearby town who had a few engines, so off I went to see what he had for me. I was originally thinking of something small, like a Maytag, but after looking at all of his engines I decided to buy the biggest one he had. It was sitting outside the shed that housed the rest of the engines, with the water hopper full of parts for it. It was a 1917 3 HP Fairbanks Morse!

I was quite fortunate that the only major things that were missing were the fuel pump and the magneto. After going to a few more shows and making a few phone calls, I had both of them, too.

My junior year of high school was coming up and I didn't have a shop project chosen yet. I decided this would be a good place for my first restoration project. My shop teacher told me I could not do it unless there was wood involved, so I had him order some oak for me.