The Around Toit Engine

| August/September 1996

McCormick Deering engine

121 Fence Post Road Stafford, Virginia 22554

Have you ever said, 'I'll do it as soon as I get around TOIT.' I'm sure we all have. In the case of a 11/2 to 21/2 International McCormick Deering engine serial #LAA37238. The 'around toit' took twenty-five years.

Harland Grube, of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, my father-in-law, acquired the engine from Circle Hill Cemetery, where it was used to pump water. This was in 1967. Harland wanted to restore the engine for his grandsons, because he knows its complete history and had used the engine himself. His feelings were that he might be able to preserve a small amount of history and teach the boys about early gas engines at the same time.

The engine was purchased by the cemetery in 1937. Frank Emerick, then the owner of B&.E Implements of Punxsutawney, sold it to the cemetery to run a water pump and tamper.

Each year came and went, the engine remained un restored. When the subject came up, the statement was used, 'Yes, I've got to get around toit.' Thus the engine was known as the 'AROUND TOIT ENGINE.'

Years went by, bad health fell on my father-in-law, and the task of restoring the engine was passed on to me. The engine had found a new home. The job of restoring the engine was one that, yes, you're right, as soon as I get around toit.