So Many Engines... So Little Space


| April/May 1994

  • Palm-tree-lined street
    Knox home on palm-tree-lined street.
  • Gas engine collection
    A view of Blaine's extensive gas engine collection.
  • Hog oilers
    Blaine's collection of hog oilers.
  • Blaine Knox
    Blaine Knox poses with some of his engines stored outdoors.
  • California-made engine
    At left, a rare California-made engine. At right, an engine in 'as found' condition.

  • Palm-tree-lined street
  • Gas engine collection
  • Hog oilers
  • Blaine Knox
  • California-made engine

GEM Correspondent

It's a routine played out in the shops of most gas engine collectors find a rusty old treasure, fix it up, and immediately start work on the next project.

That's exactly what Blaine Knox of Redlands, California, does; one engine restoration after another. But now he has two problems. One, he's run out of storage space; two, he doesn't know exactly how many engines he has.

'I know it's over 300,' he says, 'but every time I try to count, I get a different number. Everyone's welcome to come and give counting them a try. It's easy to count the ones on the shelves. It's the ones in the middle that give me trouble,' says Blaine.



Blaine lives along a wide palm-tree-lined boulevard in the historic section of Redlands, just off the freeway. Even Blaine's home, built in 1900, is a historic landmark. He moved to California from Missouri in 1940 and worked as a machinist until his retirement.

It was less than 15 years ago that he got bitten by the engine bug. Now he makes regular trips back east with his truck and trailer hunting for new restoration projects. Waukee Swap, Rollag and Cool Spring are among his favorite stops.



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