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“So I’m not sure why I got interested in engines,” he says with a laugh. While visiting California in 1981, David took a walk into the hills near San Bernardino.
In a pasture there, he spotted an unfamiliar antique gas engine.
“A fire had gone through the area,” he says, “and the paint was burned off the engine, which was lying on its side.
Obviously nobody wanted it.”He went to the nearest house and asked the homeowner about the old relic.
Photo By Bill Vossler David Harder credits a buddy for his love of farm antique gas engines.
“We were on a motorcycle trip when we passed a place in southern Manitoba that had a lot of engines just standing there,” he recalls.
— wasn’t especially interested in antique gas engines.Although he’d grown up on a Minnesota farm, he’d had no exposure to the old hit-and-miss engines. When something is broken, I like to fix it so it will work again.”That first Mc Cormick-Deering gave him plenty of opportunity to tinker. David took it apart, got it running and gave it a cosmetic restoration — and he was hooked.