The Rare Always Ready

| January/February 1992

  • The Always Ready Engine

  • The Always Ready Engine

    Burtt Mfg.

  • The Always Ready Engine
  • The Always Ready Engine

W.6108 Elmwood Rd., Menominee, Michigan 49858 

I first became interested in old gas engines about 12 years ago, after I received a 1? HP McCormick Deering free from the farmer I worked for as a teenager back in the mid to late 1930s. I was paid the sum of one dollar a day, plus dinner, as the noon meal was called, and supper. The work was the usual field work such as hay making, threshing, filling silo, potato digging, etc.

At the end of the day's work, I was shown how to start the engine to pump water into the cow barn tank. I now own the pump, pump jack, and engine.

Since I received my first free engine, I have restored some thirty engines. I now have sixteen engines of my own.

A gas engine collecting friend of mine once asked me why didn't I submit a story and pictures to GEM of my collection. My answer was all engines I've restored have been in pictures and stories in this fine magazine, but if I ever found a rare one, I would do so. 

I now have that rare one (I think) restored. I have taken the pictures before and after restoration.


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