For the Love of RESTORATION

A supremely rare engine, restored for a friend's joy


| October 2006



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I spent a couple months in the fall of 2005 recovering from damage done by Hurricane Rita; but by winter, I really wanted another engine to restore. It had been a couple of years since I restored my last flywheel engine, as I had been concentrating on other projects. In fact, after finishing my 16-inch Sprout-Waldron grist mill, I pretty much hadn't done anything for about six months. At the same time I did not want to turn loose of a lot of cash. I knew that a friend of mine, Raymond (Buzz) Bradley had a Fairbanks-Morse Z Style D that he wasn't really attached to. So, I asked him one day if he would sell it to me. He agreed. Though it was not that challenging of a restoration, at least I had another engine to work on.

Buzz also had a Stover CT-2 that I was interested in. Long before I had completed the work on the FMZD, I asked him if he would be interested in selling it to me. He kind of hesitated, but said if I really wanted it he would sell it to me. He quoted a price and it was good, but a little more cash than I wanted to part with at the time.

Though I have a meager collection of flywheel engines, I get most of my pleasure not necessarily out of owning engines, but out of restoring them; I've restored and sold a number of engines over the years. So after a day or so, I called him back and asked him if he would simply let me restore the Stover for him. I explained the possible costs and he agreed. So, suddenly I had a second engine to restore.

The next day he called me back and told me if I just wanted an engine to restore, he had another one he would much rather I restore for him, a Holland 3 HP. In fact, he told me he would give me the Stover for restoring the Holland. The next weekend, both engines made their way to my shop. We were both happy.

Holland is kind of a rare breed of flywheel engine, not to be confused with the New Holland. The Central Massachusetts Steam, Gas and Machinery Assn.'s website states:

"These engines were built by the Brownwall Engine & Pulley Co., which was established around 1911 in Lansing, Mich. The company also made governor pulleys for cream separators as well as 1 and 1-1/2 HP air-cooled engines and 1-1/2, 2, 2-1/2, 3, 5 and 10 HP water-cooled engines. In 1914 the company moved to Holland, Mich., and at that time the 1 HP air-cooled engine was discontinued. All of the engines made in Lansing have lettering of the name and town cast into the flywheels. Most of the engines made in Holland used a brass plate or a decal instead, but at least one has been found with Holland, Mich., cast into the flywheels.