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DAYTON – Whether it’s a tractor, lawn mower, truck, or anything else with an engine, Barnum’s Keith Stuhrenberg has long been interested in what makes them motivates.
So naturally, Dayton Old Engine Day was a real pleasure for him.
Stuhrenberg showcased a collection of engines on Saturday at the annual Dayton Oak Park event, where dozens of attendees came to see classic cars, trucks and tractors. The event was sponsored by the Dayton Community Club.
Stuhrenberg enjoys the challenge of starting the engines.
“The challenge of getting them started and the sound they make,” he said. “They all make a different sound.”
Growing up, Stuhrenberg’s father wasn’t always a fan of the music he played. His father preferred the sound of an engine.
“My dad used to say, ‘Now it’s music'” Stuhrenberg said, referring to the sound of an engine.
“When I went to see him (before he passed away) I was like, ‘You want me to start the engine and he said,’ Yeah, that would be good. ‘” Stuhrenberg said.
Stuhrenberg’s newest toy was a 1940s Jacobsen lawn mower.
“I have only had it for a few months” Stuhrenberg said. “It was on Facebook for sale. I thought it would make a fun little project. Plus, I’ve never seen one like it before. “
Stuhrenberg has been collecting motors for about 21 years.
Its first engine was a 1929 International.
“This is the one you will never forget,” he said.
He did the first Dayton Old Engine Day about 10 years ago, but hadn’t returned until Saturday.
“I try to hit most of the local emissions (engine emissions),” Stuhrenberg said.
Tim Buenz, of Jefferson, traveled to the show in a 1970 Chevelle SS Tribute.
It’s a car he always wanted, but never could afford until about four years ago.
“It came from a dealership in eastern Iowa”, Said Buenz. “It was restored about 25 years ago in Illinois.”
Its previous vehicles have been a bit more modest.
“In high school and college I drove a Pontiac Ventura, I think I did,” he said. “He was not a spectator. There were four doors on it. At the time, a few (lucky) children had GTOs that were passed on.
Buenz had been looking for a Chevelle SS for several years.
“I like the body style of the Chevelles”, Said Buenz. “When I was in high school and college, I had no way of affording one. I have searched for years and have never been able to find anything that I can afford.
Slowly but surely he improved the car.
“I have completed the fuel injection,” he said. “Works a little better. Is not so cool. A little better than the carburettor version. He’s not a real SS. These start at $ 50,000.
One day he would like to have the car repainted.
“There are some scratches and nicks in it,” Said Buenz. “The factory color of the car was Cortez Silver. I don’t know how close it is to that.
A few years ago he was able to install air conditioning in the car.
“It’s quite warm with the black interior,” he said.
It was Buenz’s first time at Dayton Old Engine Day.
“It’s the perfect weather for auto shows”, he said.
Temperatures were in the 60s with a cool breeze for the late morning / early afternoon show.
Marty Delay, of Dana, had a 1970 black Thunderbird.
He had a special guest in the passenger seat – a Boston Terrier.
“I’ve had it for 30 years,” Delay said. “I had the dog for six years. His name is Woody.
RC Adams, of Boone, exhibited his 1972 Dodge Dart Swinger Custom.
“Before, it was my grandmother,” Adams said. “When she passed away, my father inherited it. Then he passed away and I inherited it. I guess you call it three generations.
Adams inherited the car 12 years ago.
“Nothing special but it’s original,” Adams said.
He’s been coming to Dayton Old Engine Day for about eight years.
Humboldt’s Dwayne Wergeland drove a 2020 Dodge Challenger to the show.
“I had a Cuda 71 and was looking for one, but it was three times more expensive” he said. “It’s a fast car but my son’s Tesla (Model 3) is faster. It will bring you back to your place. “