A Suitable Challenge Restored

Stover Engine

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10267 Tyler Road Lakeview, Michigan 48850

I thought you would enjoy pictures of my 1912, 4 HP, 'Junior Series' Model T Stover.

This is truly an international Stover. I found the engine in New York State in 1991 and decided I would like a larger engine to restore that would provide a suitable challenge. Little did I know what I would be faced with!

Upon disassembling the unit, I decided to do a complete overhaul. The crankshaft journals were badly pitted, as was the cylinder bore; there was a 12 inch crack in the water jacket; the gas tank, the crank guard, and all the springs were missing; valves, valve guides, and valve nuts were unusable. The cam gear and crank gear were cracked; fuel pump and ignitor were shot, and the muffler was missing. Surprisingly, the rod bearings were sound, but one main bearing was badly cracked on one side of the crankcase.

So I started. After stripping and cleaning all the parts, the head, crank shaft and cylinder were taken to Ferris State University Auto Lab for boring and sleeving, seats and guides, welding, grinding, etc. The fuel pump was sent to England for refurbishing along with the crank gear, which was to be reproduced. The crank guard was ordered from Canada. New valves, valve nuts, and detent roller were reproduced in California and the ignitor was reworked by Bud Motry of Big Rapids, Michigan. Dale Nickerson of Cassadaga, New York, lent an expert hand in reproducing various critical parts.

For other missing and broken parts, e.g., cam gear, gas tank, and crankcase, a second engine was obtained for parts from Glenn Burroughs of Madison Heights, Virginia. The cart was obtained in Middleville, Michigan, from Leo and Pat Colburn, and the Amish were contracted to build the battery box. The Kaat Sign Company of Grand Rapids, Michigan, finished it off with the pin striping and lettering on the engine and the cart.

Specifications of the engine are: bore: 5 inch, stroke: 7 inch, 4 HP at 350 RPM, serial #T41766, indicating it was made in 1912. It starts easily and runs beautifully at 120 r.p.m.

Many thanks to the following people/organizations for a successful restoration that spanned three-plus years: Pat and Leo Colburn, Middleville, Michigan; Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Michigan; Tim Kinsey Associates, Palmdale, California; R. J. Kemp Associates, LTD., Kent, England; Dale Nickerson, Cassadaga, New York; Glenn Buroughs, Madison Heights, Virginia; Hubert (Bud) Motry, Big Rapids, Michigan; Paul Noake, Esq., Ontario, Canada; Dave Kaat, Kaat Sign Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan; Jerry Jahreis, Eden, New York; and finally, my wife, Margaret, whose patience was above and beyond reproach throughout this 'basket case' restoration.