A website and restoration shop promoting vintage boat and engine preservation and collecting. Member ACBS WWC, AOMCI.
Old Gas Station to City Boat Shop
Around 1920 this gas station was built and eventually becomes Freeman's Sunoco until 1972, which was one of 6 stations within a 3 block radius. The buildings became a perfect fit for our businesses, Mary's office utilizes the 1936 creamery and 1955 print shop and my company, Michigan Boat and Engine operates out of this iconic gas station. Come on in!
1952 Kiekhaefer Mercury KG-9 w/early "Q" tower and open exhaust.
For over 25 years Bob Shapton has toiled with the finest outboard manufacture, Kiekhaefer Mercury Outboards. The focus of his efforts are preserving the integrity of these classics as fully functional & fully detailed engines. They're not intended as "sawhorse queens," but as a power source for antique and classic boats.
This represents a 1955 boat and motor combination. Powering this Wagemaker custom is a matching 1955 Mercury Mark 55E, 4 cylinder, 40Hp. This image was taken at the "Boats on the Wall," durning Heritage weekend in Leland, Michigan 2015.
A collection of 1000+ original photographs from family and news organizations from around the world, archived personal letters and correspondence and production artifacts are housed here in our Gar Wood Collection.
Any company thats worth it's salt has a company truck. Here at MiB&E we're no exception. This old girl really turns heads. She's a 1947 Dodge Power Wagon WDX, 74HP T137 Inline six cylinder, fore and aft PTO, 1952 Military NDT skins. Lights, heater, Brayton MU2 winch, blinkers and yes brakes! You can see her bombing around Lake Leelanau now and then. Lets see more of the truck!
The listings here are available for purchase online. Larger items will require some communication and planning. Smaller items ship via US Postal Service Priority. Come on in, we're OPEN.
A short film...
This short and sweet clip was created by Mark Baas and Baas Creative for Tekton Tools. The film takes place at the shop in Grand Rapids and later at our cottage on Lake Leelanau. Please view in full screen and enjoy the art of cinematography covering a subject near and dear to us… preserving, restoring, building and our obsession with tools. View film