Young Iron: Greg Ackerly

| February/March 2010

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    Greg Ackerly’s partially restored Briggs & Stratton Model F.

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Greg Ackerly
Location: Schuylerville, NY

 How long have you been collecting gas engines?
A: I have been collecting old engines for 5 years, but I have loved my dad’s stuff for as long as I can remember. In fact, my first word was “backhoe” because of my dad’s John Deere backhoe.

Q: Who else in your family collects engines?
A: My dad collects old iron of every kind including engines, and my grandpa had some old iron but no engines.

Q: In general, what are your favorite engines?
A: I love Briggs & Stratton engines, mostly because of the wide range of models, their small size and the fact that they were the first engines I owned.

Q: How many engines do you have in your collection?
A: At last count I had about 110 small air-cooled engines (mostly Briggs & Stratton as I love them), a 5 HP Empire as seen in the February 2009 issue (Flywheel Forum), half of a 1-1/2 HP De Laval, a Farmall M that’s on full steel and some other stuff. Among my Briggs & Stratton engines, I have a few rare ones: a battery ignition Model F (serial number 210), a Model FB with a shroud (serial number 4941) and a Model Z powered Lindsay compressor.

Q: Are you working on any projects?
A: Yeah, I have a couple projects I’m currently working on including my Farmall M, and Briggs & Stratton Models F, MC and K. I recently finished working on but not restoring Briggs & Stratton Models I, K, Z, B, FI, a second K, Q, WI and BP.

Q: What’s your favorite
engine in your collection?
A: It would have to be either my Briggs & Stratton Model F or Model FB.