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Is the hobby's future HERE?

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Old 02-01-2005, 01:50:11 AM
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I like to check profiles and see what interests visitors and members, especially when checking out Chat. More often than not, there is NO other information other than location.
But I digress.......................................
This has probably been done before but I'm asking how many "youngsters", The Hobby's Future, frequent this joint? I just found one 15 year old here tonight..... and of course Chase and Tanner and I know there are more. I'm asking how many of you are age 25 or under??? Craig
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Old 02-01-2005, 01:56:30 AM
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I'm 19. I was kinda brought up with this stuff... dad always had M&M tractors and for a couple years had a Jaeger, a Fairbanks with a radiatior, and a few others.
Old 02-01-2005, 02:12:23 AM
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I am 19, mostly into Oilfield Stuff, got started around oh 11 ish or so. I am pretty close to Chase, but he is a Buckeye and I a Mountaineer.
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Jeb Lloyd, 25, live in northern NC. I've always loved these engines since I first saw them, but i've had to purchase and do all the work on them myself since becoming independant. Bills and car payments make it hard to get more old iron. I don't see how most of the young guys can afford to buy all these engines. I can barely even find them around here, or when I do, nobody wants to sell. I have a Taylor 2hp and a Maytag. I'm looking to trade the Taylor to a guy down the road for a 1 3/4 economy because it's in much nicer shape.
Old 02-01-2005, 09:45:28 AM
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I'm 20 years old. I have been interested in this stuff since my parents took me to the Canfield fair when I was about 3. I got my first "toy" when I was about 5; a Deming piston pump my Dad found in the trash. My garage is now full of old machinery, although its all small engine powered aside from my Ideal mower. Most of it I've got for free too; things that people were throwing out. I finally started showing last spring.
Old 02-01-2005, 09:48:41 AM
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Well Craig, I just turned 26 last Wed, so I guess I don't count in your poll. I visit this wonderful site at least a few times each day, can't stay away!

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Im here

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Old 02-01-2005, 10:26:32 AM
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I am 23 and I bought my first engine back in 1989. It was a 1 1/2 IHC M, missing all the parts and rusty, I still have it but I never got it running, I learned a lot though.

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Hey Craig! I dont think that there is a lack of kids in the hobby. I think the prices are going to have to start coming down to see more of them. I know when I got my first engine at 17 I used my Christmas money, birthday money, and grass cutting/odd job money to buy it. I was working at the time but since then Im getting paid a little better plus working more hours and if I save enough over the year I can get another engine or 2. Im 20 now and have a few engines but im having to buy less because of the prices of everything going up. Ive been trying to get some of my friends interested in the hobby, but most of them arent the best with tools. Or they dont want to be bothered. Im sure as time goes on there will be more of the YOUNGER generation getting interested and we just have to be there to guide them in the ways of the "ENGINE GUY"!

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Old 02-01-2005, 12:57:11 PM
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Gee Craig, I reckon I'm an "old fart" at 28.
Old 02-01-2005, 01:02:59 PM
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21 and grew up with grandfather and father have restored several steam tractors and brass era cars and also some other older tractors...I have an interest in all older machinery but love old engines
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I'am 60 years old, got my first engine three months ago. Got the second one two months ago. I have a line on three more but haven't seem them yet don't even know what they are.

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Old 02-01-2005, 02:25:07 PM
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Craig, I know I am not in the 25 or under, but I am only 31, so I am still a "younger" collecter. I am also part of this hobbies future, and have done several things to carry on to the next generation. I ran steam traction engines for 9 years, ran a saw mill with them, worked on a threashing crew at some shows, run a wire tie Ann Arbor Hay Press (bailer), ran old farm tractors, from Oil Pulls to 350 IH, not including the equipment I used on a farm I worked on for several years. I also collect and run hit-n-miss engiens and small air-cooled engines also. The prices are more then most younger people can afford, but I knowthat this hobbie will live on. With the knowlege you bring to this hobbie, alot more people will learn. I would like to meet you someday and visit your place. With all that you have shown on the site, you are very talented! You do a great service to this board. Not everyone can see the tractors that you restore, but with your pictures and posts, we all can see them. A VERY big THANK YOU goes to Harry also for this wonderful place to gather!
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Old 02-01-2005, 03:18:59 PM
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I am 22 years old. Although my parents support the hobby and my father is a mechanical engineer, i am basically into all this stuff on my own. I am up to about 10 antique flywheel engines, five garden tractors, three snowmobiles, and other assorted "stuff" I will not lose interest any time to soon. It would take me years to liquidate all my stuff that is stashed all over CT. I have gotten a lot of criticism, because I don't have my own car but that is one way to afford toys.

Old 02-01-2005, 03:28:55 PM
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I'm 21, but sometimes feel like I'm 60, so I don't know if I count in your poll or not! Had the disease for quite a while. Been collecting anything to do with pre-1930 tractors since I was 14. I mainly concentrate on pre-1920 unless it's Rumely. Grandad started buying Rumelys in the 60's, only wish he'd bought more! I'm a third generation iron nut. I started buying literature & memrobilia when I was in high school. Oddly enough, I wasn't alone. The only other 15 year old kid I've ever heard of that was crazy enough to spend hundreds on an old book happened to be in my class. So we went to a lot of shows together & found a lot of good stuff. While other kids were buying cars & stereo equipment, I was buying literature, engines, & oilpull tractors. I started farming a few acres in the late 90's & if I made anything, it went to buying old junk. As my first tractor, I bought a 14-28 oilpull when I was 15. My first good engine was an 8 HP Columbus I bought when I was 17. Anway, I've helped add a few things to my Dad's collection. We mainly concentrate on the Rumely tractors, Mogul gas engines, and any other sideshaft engines or real early tractors. Well, that's my story! For pictures, see the webpage. Take care!
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I must first state that I am new here and this is my first post. I am 36 and attend about 8-10 shows a year for the past 31 years. It's not hard to notice that the number of people in the 15-25 age group are non-existant at most shows. Even at 36 I feel like I am still one of the younger people who frequent shows in our area that doesn't come in the front gate. I also enjoy model engineering, the same void exists there as well. I have three children and they too have little interest in this hobby.

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I am 34 so I fall in the 26 - 35 age group I guess. Had engine my entire life and still have my first one!!! Like steam engines better though, but still collect and play with gas engines.

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Old 02-01-2005, 05:22:05 PM
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I'm 31 and been in the hobby as long as I can remember and don't see myself slowing down any. I think there are alot of younger guys getting into the hobby because I sold several people engine over the last couple years that were getting their first engines and alot of these guys are in the under 30 age group so I would say the hobby is pretty safe as long as we all keep passing down the knowledge over the generations.

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Well, I'm 27. Got my 1st engine at 16 years old and have been collecting ever since. I've lost count of the engines I have. There is one other younger fella that is in our club. But, it seems he's more into tractors than gas engines. And I'm still trying to pull him away from the "dark side" and get him into the engines more. I'll keep huntin' for engines till I find my 1st barn fresh Otto Ya huh! Doug
Old 02-01-2005, 06:44:08 PM
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I am 40 and have been around engines all my life my dad started collecting engines when I was born he has been a collector of something his whole life. I rebeled from old engines for about 2 years around age 17 but grew to love them more than ever and started buying again at age 19 and everytime we see something new or buy another engine I feel like a kid in a toy store. Keven
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