Willis Stewart

Courtesy of Willis G. Stewart, Box 248, Portsmouth, Rhode Island 02871.

Willis G. Stewart

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Box 248, Portsmouth, Rhode Island 02871.

I am rather a newcomer to the hobby of restoring early engines, since my interest in this field was sparked by an article on this subject in the April 1971 issue of Popular Mechanics. My first act was to locate and purchase a 1928 Model K Stover 1? HP gas engine which I immediately set about restoring. Secondly, I found out about your publication through the assistance of the Henry Ford Museum, and immediately sent in my subscription. I now look forward to every issue, and only wish that it were published on a monthly basis.

I was particularly pleased to read the article on the September-October issue by Mr. Carleton M. Mull, which outlined the history of the New Way Motor Company, of  Lansing, Michigan, since my second acquisition was a vertical, air-cooled Model A, Type O New Way, developing 3-3? HP @ 400 RPM. Serial number is 3051, and brass nameplate indicates it was sold by Stephen B. Church of Seymour, Conn, and Boston, Mass. I, would appreciate any information any one might have as to the actual date of manufacture of this engine. The name-plate gives the patent date as December 4, 1904. It was in excellent condition when I bought it, having been kept inside all of the time, even when not in use. I have completely rebuilt it, including new paint and striping, and out side of connecting up the make and break ignition system to the spark coil that came with it, it is ready to run.

I have also just purchased a Bull Dog type B-D gas engine made by the Fair banks Company of New York City, and am about ready to start restoration on this job. It develops 1? HP @ 400 RPM, having an igniter type ignition, for which I will have to obtain a spark coil, since no magneto of any type was built on the engine.

1928 Model 'K' Stover, 1? HP @ 500 rpm. Restored by Willis Stewart.

New Way Model ' A', Type 'O', 3-3? HP @ 400 rpm. Restored by Willis Stewart.

Again, I would appreciate information on the date of manufacture of this engine, if anyone can help me out.

I have also found two Maytag washing machine engines which apparently will not require much work to put in good running condition. They will be good inside projects this winter.

I  notice from the correspondence and advertisements in your magazine, that the majority of interest in this fascinating hobby seems to be in the Middle Atlantic States and Mid-West, with very few New Englanders being represented. I Would welcome correspondence from anyone in the New England Area interested in Early Engines, Tractors and other mechanical devices, with the idea of possibly getting together to display our equipment.

Enclosed are black and white glossy photos of the Stover and New Way Engines, taken from color slides. The Stover is Bright Red with Gold striping and lettering, and the New Way is bright Green with Aluminum Cylinder head and Gold striping.

Incidentally, I have discovered an easy way to apply striping to any old equipment of this type, and if you would like a write up of it for a future issue, I would be glad to prepare it for you.