Lynn Bartholomew was so beside himself there were almost two of him. He could NOT get the Hercules engine on the 22 W to run for more that just a couple of minutes. Potential causes were eliminated one by one over several days work by Lynn and Brian Bot until the magneto was determined to be the fault. So now what? The situation was really very simple. No parts, No magneto, No drilling. But this is Gods’ rig he remembered, so I’ll ask him. After prayer he made one phone call.
3700 miles away outside Olympia, Washington, Rod Bartholomew got the call. A magneto? Hercules engine? Where to even look for such a thing? Rod was on the highway near the capital so he stopped beside the road to make calls. First to Bucyrus Erie. Closed. Then to parts stores in Spokane. They didn’t act like they had ever heard of a magneto. He was fast running out of options. Time to talk to the master. After prayer, it came to him to call a friend in Idaho, Brett Mcardy. Brett had a rig like this and maybe he would have an idea. Brett answered the call immediately. After hearing of Lynn’s plight and the critical situation, Brett said “Give me about 20 minutes and I will call you. I know a man who might be able to help.” Lee Davis runs “Magnetos Only.” He is a retired electrical man who still has a shop and provides services to cable drillers. Rod waited and prayed a little.
In about 20 minutes Brett called back, he was at Lee Davis’ shop in Athol, Idaho. Brett told Lee the application and called Rod while Lee disappeared into the back. He returned with a magneto in his hand. When Rod read the numbers to him, Brett could see they were a perfect match. The magneto was bench tested and was good. Brett immediately took the mag to Spokane where he met Rod’s wife, Jenny, and she delivered it to a volunteer who was flying that night to Guatemala. The magneto was on the rig the following day.
Within 30 minutes of the call from the rig, the right part was on its way to the highland jungle of Guatemala. With God as our service manager we are in good hands.
When questioned about how he came to have that particular magneto, Lee told the story of how a stranger had called and asked if he wanted an old magneto and how it had been left on his step one day with no information. No one ever called or inquired about it, so he repaired it. It had been on the shelf for about 2 years until Brett walked in.
If you would like to help us, Please contact Lynn Bartholomew at 509-466-5134 or Gary Bartholomew at 509-466-5075