So Many Engines... So Little Space


| April/May 1994



Palm-tree-lined street

Knox home on palm-tree-lined street.

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.