Flywheel Forum

Stover information, Gilson parts help, Gade information needed

| June 2007

42/4/1: Help on Stover

In regard to the quest for Stover information in the April/May 2007 issue of Gas Engine Magazine, the tag on my engine reads: "Canadian Stover Gasoline Engine Company, 9 H.P., 350 speed, Engine no. 008, High Grade Gasoline Engines, Brandon, Manitoba." It has a 6-inch piston with a 9-inch stroke - about the same as a 6 HP Titan, but the flywheels may be a little heavier. Bob Anderson, Box 118, MacGregor, MAN, Canada R0H 0R0; (204) 685-2137.

42/4/2: Gilson parts

In 1995 I stopped at an antique shop in San Marcos, Calif., on the south side of Highway 78. There I bought a hit-and-miss engine, took it home and found the piston was frozen. Even after a great deal of WD-40, penetrating oil and patience, I still could not move the piston. So, I put the engine under my workbench and forgot about it.

Twelve years later, in 2007, I dusted it off and started working on it again. Finally, with the help of a wheel puller and pry bars, the piston came loose - only to find to my surprise that the previous owner had broken the skirt from the piston. The cap was missing from the connecting rod and the crankshaft was also bent. I was able to get the piston repaired, the connecting rod cap made and the crankshaft straightened. Now is when I really need help.

There is no nameplate, serial number or any other mark to tell me who the original engine manufacturer was. On the connecting rod is a label saying "Jump-Spark U 42 change Feb. 15, 1913." The crankshaft cover has "U 2" marked on it. "U 1" is marked on the water jacket.

I need help because the engine is missing the head, valves, magneto, gas tank, spark plugs, carburetor and everything else to make it run. I would appreciate any help readers could give me in the way of getting photos, information, catalogs, parts or whom I could contact to get any of those. Roland Wissler, 7155 Fletcher View Drive, Highland, CA 82346-5051; (909) 862-0404;

From the editor: We have informed Roland that his engine is in fact a 1-3/4 HP "60 Speed" Style U Gilson engine. Please contact him if you can help him in his search for parts or provide more information on this particular engine. A great source on researching Gilson engines was assembled by Denis Rouleau. Check out his website at:


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