RESTORATION OF A NEW HOLLAND


| September/October 1979



5 HP New Holland

Rising Sun, Maryland 21911

It all started one fall day when a friend and co-worker returned from a hunting trip. Knowing I was a collector, he informed me that he had come across, in a wooded area, what looked like part of a flywheel protruding from the ground. He supposed this was on an old engine of some kind. Seeing my interest he promised he would investigate the situation further as he knew the landowner.

Well time has a way of passing and the incident was forgotten until the following spring when he announced his resignation and I reminded him of his promise of the flywheel incident. He again promised me he would follow up on it.

About a week later my home phone rang and it was my friend with news that he had checked with the landowner and was informed that it was an old gasoline engine which had been there for over 20 years. If I was interested, I was to contact him immediately.

My first day off from work found us contacting the landowner. I was surprised to the cordial way in which we were received. He took us to the wooded area to the rear of his home and, lo and behold, there was an old rusted engine laying on its side among the bramble! It was partially submerged with a tree growing up through the flywheel. Upon further investigation we found the nameplate with 5 HP New Holland on it. She had been on a four wheel truck and had not been used in over 20 years. She was last used to operate a cordwood saw when she had stopped. He couldn't get her started so never bothered with her again. Someone had removed three of the truck wheels letting it down on the ground and causing the wooden frame to rot while letting the engine roll on her side.

The landowner informed us that he was going to clear and grade the area and if I wanted the engine to get it out soon, because when the bulldozer came to do the grading he would have them dig a hole and bury it.