A Second Chance

| March/April 1996

3286 Cramlington Drive Gibsonia, Pennsylvania 15044

We have all heard the old saying that, at some point in time, most things in life don't get a second chance, but one particular 12 HP Economy gas engine got its second chance, when I discovered it out in the woods while hunting for ruffed grouse.

During the fall of 1987, I was hunting on lands near the village of Petrolia. By mid-afternoon, I had not seen any ruffed grouse, and headed back to the friend's camp that I was visiting. Mr. Tom Rapp, realizing that I was bored, asked if I would accompany him up be hind his farm to aid in the removal of a 15 HP Evans gas engine cylinder he needed to complete an earlier restoration. I agreed, and the two of us proceeded up a hill with a John Deere tractor and a small utility tractor.

We spent a few hours wrestling the old cylinder off a 'dead' engine, when Tommy called to my attention that an old Economy gas engine was near where we were working and would I like to see it. Tommy knows I love Economy engines and that I had a couple of 1.5 HP ones at home.

We worked our way through the grapevines and red briars that blanketed the hill. Tommy said, 'There it is!' and I said, 'Where?' All I could see was more brush. Sure enough, under lots of spice bush and young black cherry, was a single flywheel sticking up in the air sideways. The engine was on its side.

As I stood on the flywheel in awe, I asked what horse it was. He said the tag used to be on the hopper. The tag was still on the hopper, held on by one rivet. It read: 'S.N. 196,490 12 E.' I knew I had to have this engine to restore!