| May/June 1972

'The rich can afford to restore old autos, 'says Robert Dobson, 1225 South Airport, Waterford Township. 'My hobby is restoring old gas engines.'

Dobson, retired three years ago from General Motors, dresses in overalls, a checked shirt, bandana kerchief and straw hat when he shows off his engines.

The particular one he showed us operates a wheat grinder. Most people who have grinders grind corn, says Dobson. But he decided on wheat.

As a member of the Central Michigan Antique Tractor and Engine Club and the Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Association, Dobson frequently attends their shows. They usually are held in the Midwest, but he has gone as far as Yorkton, Saskatchewan and Sarasota, Fla.

The engine, which took 76 hours of work to restore, came from Morley, a small community near Grand Rapids. Dobson found the engine rusted solid and half buried in mud. The owner of a local antique store told him about it when Dobson inquired--as he usually does--about old engines in the area.

It took three trips to buy and transport the engine which originally had been purchased in 1913 from Sears Roebuck Co. Dobson thinks he got it from the original owner.