Herb Henderson holding his already manufactured “Engine Guard”

Fernie Man Invents Car-Aid Gadget – The Free Press Turns 115 years Old

Fernie Man Invents Car-Aid Gadget - The Free Press Turns 115 years Old

March 31 1971

Free Press Files

A Fernie man hopes to put into production on a large scale an invention which he recently patented in the U.S. and Canada and upon which he has been working on for several years.

Herb Henderson of Elkview, an employee of Kaiser Resources, already has manufactured small quantities of his “Engine Guard.” A simple device which can be attached to a car or truck to guard against damage caused by low oil pressure or high temperature.

Mr. Henderson, who hopes to see the protective gadget in wide use, is the sole inventor and owner of the patents. “Work started on this project in 1957,” said Mr Henderson “and was perfected to its present status in 1968.” He said it “will be made in Fernie” although so far the factory is restricted to the basement of his house.

Noting that it could cost anywhere from $300 to $2,000 to replace the engine of a car or truck, Mr. Henderson said his protective “Engine Guard” can be installed for less than $30. He described it as a “Mechanical-electrical device” which is wired so that when it senses adverse engine conditions it buzzes. Pointing out that the common visual warnings now used can be overlooked, he stressed that his alarm occurs sooner, before any engine damage can be caused.

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