RR 5, Box 301 -C Charleston, West Virginia 25312
For years my husband Mark, who by trade is an electrician, has collected and restored antique gas and oil well engines and tractors. He loves to go to engine shows and admire all the beautifully restored engines and talk with the men who share the same love of engines. One day he began dreaming of an engine that would do something, or maybe even do many things. The picture in my mind was totally different from the picture in his mind. I imagined a table top type of exhibit, while he had much bigger things in mind.
Mark began collecting 'treasures' from dumpsters and from people who were getting rid of their 'junk.' After a few years of collecting rusty old pipes, bearings, tattered belts, engines, chains, blowers, and gears, he was ready to begin. He began by mounting a 10 HP Witte natural gas oil well engine (that he had restored) to a 15 ft. flat bed trailer. From that one engine, the rest of the equipment that he mounted to the trailer functions through a chain reaction of belts, pulleys, gears, wheels and pumps. Mark worked every spare minute for fourteen months sandblasting, cutting, welding, painting, experimenting and attaching the many fascinating items that are part of his 'Gunderson's Do-All Machine.' Mark's friends tease him, saying that the only trouble he had while putting it all together was the electrical work.
Some of the items included on the trailer are a water pump impeller, an automatically reversing worm gear, a governor/gas valve from a 20 HP JC engine, a floating gear, a blacksmith blower/bubble maker, a DC 110 volt generator and lights, a bicycle light generator, a 38 to 1 gear reducer, cutaways of a Jeep CJ5 transmission, a Trans Am engine, 301 cubic inch (325 individual pieces), a truck rear end, and a Wankel rotary engine from a Mazda RX-7. There is a fan blower that I painted to make look like a clown. Mark affectionately refers to it as the 'Nagging Wife.' (Trust me, there is no resemblance.)
There is also one-half of a Wright Cyclone R26OO 1700 HP radial engine that came out of a B-25 Mitchell Bomber that crashed on Spruce Knob, West Virginia, in 1950. It was the hardest piece to do a cut-away on.
Mark enjoys taking his 5,500lb.'Do-All Machine' to engine shows. He hopes that he can use it to help educate people, especially his own seven and five year old daughters, who have made crayon drawings of machines for Daddy to put on the 'Do-All Machine.' He is always looking for an odd gear or interesting piece to add to the machine.