Inspired Design

| July/August 1994

1764 County Road 1650N, Urbana, Illinois 61801

I built this tractor after my boys saw the Maytag tractor at the Hawkeye Show in Iowa. They were collecting old Briggs & Stratton engines for their project at school. They said, 'Dad, why can't we have a tractor like that with our B & S engines on it?'

So we went to a lot of engine shows and swap meets to find the engines to build this square 8 engine. The engine is timed like a V-8 engine. I have 8-5-S, HP, B & S engines, all 40 years old and older, all timed to a common shaft with timing belts. It starts with a starter generator. An electric fuel pump supplies fuel from twin tanks to a single carburetor to a manifold that pipes the fuel vapor to each engine. It has a belt governor to hold the engine speed.

I put the engine on a Bolens 1050, 1969 model, garden tractor. It starts and runs very good. It took four years part-time to build and work out the bugs in it. I have taken the tractor to shows in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri and Wisconsin. It draws a nice crowd.

I collect old walk-behind and rider garden tractors.

I hope these pictures and this article will show other engine collectors what it is like. Keep up the good work!