Manuscripts/Mixed Material [J. H. Marshall]
“My motor will revolutionize the airplane industry - if I ever get it built,” said Buck Sanders, mechanic. “It's got everything they've been looking for: small size, great power, cheap fuel, everything. I'm just afraid someone will beat me to it, like everything else I have invented.”
Buck is short, blond, and wiry, and his head is unusually large. Few stores have hats large enough for him, and he seldom wears one. He is very muscular, and walks on the sides of his feet, with toes turned out. Each new pair of shoes becomes quickly misshapen. He was born in 1905, the third of eight children, five boys and three girls. In his early days he drove a delivery wagon for a grocer, but he soon became interested in the automobile business, learned the mechanical side of it, and, with two minor exceptions, has followed it ever since. He is known as an expert mechanic. He did not do well in school, and dropped out after spending three years in the seventh grade. He now operates a small filling station and garage in a remote mountain section that attracts many tourists.
“Valves cause most of the trouble today with gasoline motors, but my motor doesn't have any valves. A lot of power is lost