The Abenaque Story

| September/October 1992

  • The Abenaque Engine before restoration
    The Abenaque in a fellow collector's yard, 'before.'
  • The Abenaque Engine after restoration
    The engine after complete restoration.

  • The Abenaque Engine before restoration
  • The Abenaque Engine after restoration

42 Whiteloaf Road, Southampton, Massachusetts 01073

I started to collect gas engines and go to engine shows in 1982 and had accumulated about 20 engines by 1985. I now have about 75 engines.

I had known about an old saw rig in a barn, in my town, about four miles from my house, for about two years, but the owner didn't want to sell it. After I talked with the owner several times, he finally agreed to sell me the engine, an 8 HP Abenaque on trucks with the original saw rig. The deal was finalized and the engine picked up in May of 1986.

I stored the engine in a barn next door to a good friend of mine who is also an engine collector, but he wasn't interested in it for himself, because of the engine's size and weight.

It was in running condition, but was missing the connecting rod guard, cooling tanks, brackets and hardware and a few other small parts.

The engine was completely disassembled and cleaned, the piston built up and the cylinder rebored, the valves refaced, bearing refitted, fuel pump rebuilt, cylinder head replaced because the original was broken, and a new wrist pin was made. All worn or broken parts were replaced or rebuilt, new cooling tanks, brackets, and hardware were made from original pictures and patterns. A new connecting rod guard was made; the wood in the saw frame was replaced, as it needed to have a new draw bar, seat and foot rest made. Engine trucks and saw rig were painted and assembled. A new saw blade and belt was installed, and the cooling tanks lettered. After about three years of part time working on the engine, it was ready for the show.