The Collector's Joy

| August/September 1992

  • 2 HP Joy engine
    2 HP Joy engine

  • 2 HP Joy engine

2l40 Waynesville Rd. Bellbrook, Ohio 45305

In 1984 my son Scott and I purchased a small steam engine from our neighbor, Bud Saylor. When picking up the engine we were asking him some questions about the steam engine, such as where did he purchase it. He said that we knew the person he purchased it from-Kenny Spair, who lives about six or seven miles away. Bud told us we should stop and see Kenny because he had a small gas engine that he might be interested in selling.

Several months later I was driving by Kenny's house, so I stopped in to see him. I told him we bought the small steam engine he used to have, the one he sold to Bud Saylor. He said, 'If you have time, let's go out to the barn so I can show you the line shaft I had it belted to.' Kenny said that there was a reason he sold the steam engine. He sold it because it took so long to steam up, so he lost interest in it, and decided to sell it.

While we were at the barn, I asked Kenny about the gas engine Bud told us about, that he might sell. He said, 'Yes, I still have it, and it's over there in the corner. It's under some lumber and whatever else might be on top of it.' He turned on some light and said, 'If you can find it you are welcome to take a look at it.'

I could only see the back of the flywheels. I tried to reach my hand around the hopper and the only thing I could feel was a large button. I asked Kenny if he would sell the engine and he said he would like to trade it for another engine, one that was easier to start and had a magneto on it. He said that every time he wanted to run the engine he had to get a coil and battery just to start it. So we discussed a trade. We told him about a Jaeger we had at home. Kenny agreed on the trade and we told him we would be back in a couple of weeks to pick up the engine.

A couple of weeks later, Scott and I loaded up the Jaeger and off we went to Kenny's house. On the way there, Scott kept asking me questions regarding the engine that we were trading the Jaeger for. All I could tell Scott was that it had a large button on the side of the water hopper.