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Stories of Dedication: Keeping the Hobby Alive

| 4/22/2013 3:04:01 PM

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This issue of Gas Engine Magazine is filled with stories of dedication. Collectors willing to wait. Collectors willing to travel. Collectors willing to spend time, energy, effort and emotion to keep the hobby alive.

Take Joe Schneider, a Minnesota collector who saw something he wanted (a rare, non-running National Engineering Co. New Model engine) only to be told no. But as any dedicated engine collector will tell you, they won’t let a “no” stop them. So Joe persisted, asking to buy it every time he saw it over the next several years and always getting the same answer: no.

Joe’s patience eventually paid off ... 20 years after he originally saw the engine. Now the New Model is the star of Joe’s impressive collection. Read the article to see the engine that was worth the fight.

Or what about Don Oberholtzer’s 1905 2 HP Stover Type A vertical? He found the mess of an engine — which was missing its fuel pump, igniter and trip arms, and was sporting a significant crack in one flywheel — at the Tri-State Gas Engine & Tractor Assn. Swap & Sell. He knew fixing it up would be an uphill battle, but Don dove in, tackled the project, sourced parts, made parts and stitched small cracks. You have to see the results on page 16 to believe them.

In Rock Island Engine Spawns Friendship, Charles Hargreaves shares his story of acquiring a 1923 5 HP Rock Island. Charles knows more than a thing or two about Rock Islands, so a collector contacted him for assistance back in 2001. When Charles followed up eight years later, he found out the engine was still in need of some help. Charles’ solution? Drive from his home in Michigan to North Carolina to rescue the engine, more than 800 miles away!

Jim Hilgartner spent his early working life tinkering with Murphy Diesel engines. So recently he decided he’d like to find one and fix it up. In Murphy Diesel Engine Restored, Jim shares his story of finding, rescuing and restoring an engine that holds a special place in his heart. His wife, Rose, even chimes in to give a different perspective of how special the Murphy Diesel rescue and restoration was to Jim.


Gas Engine Magazine A_M 16Gas Engine Magazine is your best source for tractor and stationary gas engine information.  Subscribe and connect with more than 23,000 other gas engine collectors and build your knowledge, share your passion and search for parts, in the publication written by and for gas engine enthusiasts! Gas Engine Magazine brings you: restoration stories, company histories, and technical advice. Plus our Flywheel Forum column helps answer your engine inquiries!

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