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Australian-Built Stovers

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I suggested to Curt Andree in light of my article "Australian-Built Stovers" (Gas Engine Magazine, June 2005), that we should let readers know he can be contacted for shipping information from the Stover shipping ledgers in regard to dating these engines, and Curt has agreed to this.

All you have to do is send Curt the serial number and any other information on the engine tag. If the engine is one of the 1920s "K" or later "CT" series engines, they sometimes have a casting date cast on the frame and cylinder on the opposite side of the timing gears. This information has not been found on engines made prior to 1922. Engines were also rebadged with such names as Stewart for the Chicago Flexible Shaft Co. There are other companies that also sold rebadged Stover engines. A list of these engines could be compiled for future reference with readers' help.

In the July 2005 issue of GEM there was an article about a Stover 1-1/2 HP vertical engine, serial no. 857, that was actually shipped to Woodin & Little of San Francisco, Calif., on Feb 8, 1903. It was stated that this engine is thought to be pre-1900. In C.H. Wendel's Power of the Past, Volume 3, page 9, the caption for the 1-1/2 HP vertical states: "Stover's new engine line was introduced in 1902. The smallest style was the 1-1/2 HP vertical engine." It would seem that only horizontal sideshaft engines were made prior to 1902. I think this shows the value of these ledgers, so Stover engines can be dated accurately.

Curt is a longtime member of the Stephenson County Antique Engine Club of Freeport, Ill. This service is being done to help enhance the history of our great hobby. Any donations would be greatly appreciated to help the museum recoup any expenses in duplicating the history of Stover Mfg. Co. This work is done on a voluntary basis, so please be patient for a reply. You can send an SASE for mail inquires: Curt Andree, 6419 Basswood Road, McConnell, IL 61050; cgangree@mchsi.com

Ron Wiley
ronwiley@iinet.net.au