| October/November 1994

  • John Hubble
    John Hubble shows off his Stover to engine friend Jim Windle.

  • John Hubble

1801 9th Street Victoria, Virginia 23974

This is a photo of a recently restored 1 HP Stover, hit and miss engine, for which I have devised a method of starting with less strain on my part. I'm 80-plus years old and still very much like tinkering with the old engines, so some method of automatic cranking has become a necessity. I utilized an old ring gear from a discarded car engine, and the starter motor from the same auto-mobile. By fabricating a bushing with my lathe to fit this ring gear to the engine shaft, I securely locked it into the gib key slot with a set screw. Next, I welded a mounting bracket for the starter and bolted this to the hit and miss engine base. Also, I used a manual push starter switch to connect the 12 volt battery to the starter motor with a #4 copper cable. Now we were all set to give it a try.

Yes-Sir-Ree, now I can crank all day if necessary, while making adjustments to the carburetor and speed control!

The gear arrangement is a bit noisy on starting, but there is no reason this same arrangement couldn't be done with a V-belt pulley system as well. Enjoying more cranking less!