| January/February 1978

  • Sault Sainte Marie Motel

  • Sault Sainte Marie Motel

7900 Taylor Street, Zeeland, Michigan 49464

How do you find a gas engine, is the question asked so many times by any old engine nut? I would like to tell a story of finding one old gas engine. My answer to the above question is that I do what the Lord gave me the most talent for, and that is to talk and ask questions.

This trip really started in May of 1977. My wife and I had planned a combination fishing and engine hunting trip into Michigan's upper peninsula. We had our little travel trailer packed and parked in the driveway ready to go when she took sick, so instead of going fishing she went to the hospital. After many X-rays and about two dozen samples of blood, the doctors determined that she did not have what we all worry about when we have to go to the hospital, namely cancer, and we praise and thank the Lord for that. After two weeks' stay, she came home, but by now our vacation time had passed, so we decided to wait until fall.

On the 20th of September we took off for Michigan's north country. We traveled light, just a couple of suitcases in the back of the pick up. We had decided not to take our travel trailer, but to stay in motels and eat out, so the wife had no dishes to wash and no beds to make. (A real treat for her, don't you know?)

We arrived at Sault Sainte Marie about 2 P.M. and decided to take the boat tour through the Soo Locks, which was real interesting and took about two hours, then to the motel for supper and some much needed shut-eye.

We got up the next morning and wouldn't you know it was raining, but by the time we had breakfast, and were ready to start out again it had slowed to a drizzle, and by 9 A.M. the sun was peeking through. We traveled up the northeastern side of the upper peninsula, along the Lake Superior shore line, By noon we had made a half dozen stops, but had found no engines. Then I saw a man splitting wood by the side of his cabin and stopped to talk to him, and we struck pay dirt.


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