Young Iron: Solomon Rees

Solomon Rees has been collecting gas engines for years and has a special interest in Briggs & Stratton engines.

| June/July 2013

  • Young Iron Solomon Rees
    Solomon Rees has been collecting engines since he was 9 years old.
    Photo Courtesy Solomon Rees

  • Young Iron Solomon Rees

Q: How long have you been collecting gas engines?  

A: I’ve been collecting gas engines since I was 9 years old.

Q: What attracted you to the hobby? 

A: There was a Briggs & Stratton Model WMB engine in the back of our barn, and I restored it all by myself.



Q: Who else in your family collects engines? 

A: My father also collects engines.

Q: What engines do you have in your collection? 

A: I have 10 engines in my collection: Briggs & Stratton Models WMB, Y, ZZ, WI, 6S, 5S on a Planet Jr., A and 61102, a Fairbanks-Morse and a Wisconsin ABN.

Q: What is your favorite engine in your collection? 

A: My favorite engine is my Briggs & Stratton WMB because I restored it myself.

Q: What projects are you currently working on?  

A: I am trying to work on my Briggs & Stratton Model Y, which I need parts for. But it runs great!

Q: Which shows do you normally attend each year?  

A: I go to the Pioneer Engineers’ Reunion (Rushville, Ind.), the Tri-State Gas Engine and Tractor Show (Portland, Ind.), and the Franklin County Antique Machinery Show (Brookville, Ind.). I would like to go to Maumee Valley Antique Steam & Gas Assn. show (New Haven, Ind.).



Q: What are your favorite engines and why? 

A: I like hit-and-miss engines because they run great.

Q: If money weren’t an issue, what is your dream engine to own? 

A: It would be a Briggs & Stratton water-cooled Model NPW-102.


Young Iron is looking for gas engine collectors, age 35 and younger. If you or someone you know would like to be profiled, please contact Associate Editor Beth Beavers: (800) 682-4704 or bbeavers@gasenginemagazine.com.  















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