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Old 02-24-2005, 12:14:39 AM
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I'm far from an expert on the matter, but I just bought my first old engine - a 3000 pound Ruston Diesel. And I'm glad I did.

I don't think it's a terribly risky investment, as it looks like they are holding their value well. Find a seller you can trust, an engine you like and go for it.
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I have a Pattin Bros engine that will start 99.9% on the first rollover. Once I shut it down and walked behind it to turn off the oilers and it suddenly fired once. I suggest you find a guy that can show you how to start one. Once you get the nack,it's pretty easy. BUT to me they are like motorcycle...when you think you have mastered them, they will jump on you.

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Most of my engines are small ones. The only one I cannot load into the pickup is an 8-horsepower Waterloo. So, when you hear from me you are not getting large engine experience.

My son and I came close to buying a 30 h.p. Superior, once. Since then, I'm glad we didn't. Had I gotten it, I would have been locked in to always having, at minimum, a ¾-ton pickup and sturdy trailer. Even though I live on 6-acres, I don't have space for storing that kind of hauling equipment.

Unless you have a large enough trailer and towing vehicle, already, a large engine could get expensive. An acquaintance of mine has a Black Bear and the last I knew it was for sale. I suspect it was for the reasons cited.


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I'd be happy to give that Black Bear a good home, if the price is one that I can afford!
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The Black Bear would feel right at home here too! Mark Congden
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It is true,,,the big engines are much more work than the small ones. Thats why you see many of the older fellows in the hobby go over to something small and light so they can attend a show without any hassle. I have a 15 HP Reid and I don't care if I ever take it to a show. I just own it cause I like hearing it run. When you own one of these engines, any size, you own a piece of history. I do plan on taking my Reid to a few shows that are close to me and I do have the means to move it, but I also have a nice small bulldog that I plan on restoring to take to shows when I'm unable physically to handle the Reid.And at 56 yrs young, that point is right around the corner. I guess what I,m saying is it really comes down to personal preference and what you really want to do in your own heart. And I totally agree that in the wrong hands, they ALL will hurt you, if you're not on the ball.
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I know a lot of large engines are hauled to shows that I attend. That does require a good trailer and a suitable truck to pull it safely. One other way is if you belong to a show with permanent buildings where it can stay and run it during their show. I have a 35 HP Field Brundage gas engine that stays at the Badger Steam & Gas Engine show at Baraboo, WI. It is 150 miles from home but I stay and run it the 3 days of the show. I do not have a large trailer and truck to haul it and the space to store it at home. So this is good for me and good for the show.
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