Man, finding the original engine is a plus. I wonder why they took it out? Wheels went bad and they saved the engine for another project? Who knows, but so far!
All I know is dad was always tinkering and "redesigning" things. I see this in my son. He can take a card board box and duct tape and make all sorts of things. He does things with legos and has great imagination. I guess he gets it from my dad which is who we named him after and why we call him "little Charlie". Anyway, the engine was mounted on a piece of wood. Not quite sure what he was making out of that....BTW I am not letting my son near me while I am welding and sandblasting. I let him come look but he knows it dangerous at this point. He is the job foreman I guess. He says that when we get it done, he will let me use it if my lawn mower breaks down.