Suggests Condition Codes for Equipment


| December/January 1994



Gas Engines

146 Jo Marie St., San Antonio, Texas 78222

I have a suggestion that I think will benefit all of those interested in old gas engines and tractors. But first let me tell you how I became interested.

I am a relative newcomer to the world of old engines and tractors. I became interested about five years ago while on a trip to California. The wife and I were on our way from San Francisco to Highway 1 along the Coast via Highway 128 when we went through Boonville. They were having their annual fair and there were a few well restored old engines. Right then I knew I had to know more about them.

The first show I went to, near my home, was in Boerne, Texas. Needless to say I had a lot of questions. A collector gave me a copy of an old GEM, and you can rest assured a subscription was in the mail the next day. Since then I have been getting acquainted and beating the bushes of south central Texas with some success.

About three years ago we were on vacation to the Northeast and attended the steam, gas engine and tractor show near Windsor, Pennsylvania. You people in the Northeast have a definite advantage, but that doesn't make us Texans any less interested!

Having been a machinist and mechanic for many years, I truly appreciate and marvel at what the early manufacturers were able to produce considering the machines and tools (particularly, tool steel) they had to work with.