The Salesman Sample R&V


| April/May 1994



Root and Vandervoort engine

5151 E. 8005 Columbia City, Indiana 46725

This story starts out prior to World War II, when a gentleman rescued this engine from the top of a scrap pile in Le Sueur, Minnesota. His intentions were to rebuild the engine and use it on his farm or in his business.

He owned the engine until the early to mid-seventies, at which time he was contacted by Mr. Willmar Tiede. Mr. Tiede was able to acquire the engine with the intent of restoring the Root and Vandervoort engine.

In 1986 my dad, some good friends and I attended the Le Sueur County Swap Meet at Le Center, Minnesota. One of my friends was interested in picking up a one horsepower R&V. While at Le Center, he made contact with Mr. Tiede, who had two one horsepowers for sale, and arranged to see the engines at the end of the day.

That evening we all went to Mr. Tiede's to check out his engine. My friend decided that the Root required a little more work than he wanted to do, so we visited a while and left.

On our journey home, my dad and I discussed the nickel-plated engine and came to the conclusion that we ought to try to get the Root. Once we got home Dad called Mr. Tiede and arranged to pick up the R&V at the Waukee Swap Meet later that spring.