Story of a Victoriaville Gas Engine

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110 Rue Vaucluse, Pont-Viau, Laval, Quebec, Canada H7G-2M1

I want to tell my story about my 6 HP Victoriaville gas engine,
a hit and miss.

It was a nice summer day in 1967 in the province of Quebec,
Canada. That morning I asked my wife for a ride in the country.
After two hours on Highway 40 east, we arrived in St. Barnabe
south. The fields were full of flowers and it was smelling so good.
Suddenly, near an old barn, we saw something that looked like two
gas engines. One was red and the other was faded green. We stopped
to take a closer look. The farmer came and gave us some information
about the engines. At that time, I did not know much about thorn. I
bought the red one, because it looked better.

A few days later, I sent someone to pick it up. This heavy
engine, weighing nine hundred pounds, was brought to my country
farm in Ste-Agathe-des-Monts, and it stayed on my farm for thirty
years without running. Someone had told me that it could be
dangerous to start it, because we could injure ourselves.

After all those years, one day I asked my wife to help me start
it. I filled the water tank, the gas tank and oiled the whole
engine. Then, I asked my wife to push on the valves while I turned
the big flywheels. Suddenly after a few tries, we heard a big
noise. We were so surprised. It was an unbelievable moment full of
happiness! We were listening and watching in silence. In fact, it
was the sweetest mechanical music we ever heard!

Since that day, and after a few adjustments, I have started my
hit and miss Victoriaville gas engine often, and it works
wonderfully. I think I was very lucky to find an engine in such
good condition.

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