Saved From The Dump In The Great Pacific Northwest

| December/January 1997

  • 1910 Stover Engine

  • 1910 Stover Engine

7405 Bebe Road Lynden, Washington 98264

Welcome to the Great Pacific Northwest, where people do not tan, they just rust. However, we do enjoy our sunny days and mild temperatures, very low humidity. Cyclones and tornadoes are very rare here. We are as far north as you can get in this USA. We're just 40 miles from ski to sea, with lots of choices of recreation. Now, this is a good Chamber of Commerce boost! Here is a picture of my pet engine which is a 'freebie' 1910 Stover, serial number K27389. It was given to me by a local farmer who called me one day and asked if I would be interested in an old gas engine or, if not, he would throw it in the dump. I told him to wait a minute and I would be right over.

There it was, under some loose hay, very oily, still on the plank it came on, with the two cast iron carrying handles on each end. It was very complete and all it needed was a muffler. The piston was free, all bearings were tight, even the small fuel tank does not leak to this day. There was no rust due to the oily condition. He said, 'Load her up and it is yours, free.'

I got a new muffler and wheels from the ads in GEM. I built a new cart for it, and a battery box, and put it on wheels, and with a new paint job it was ready for the many shows out here. It runs perfectly.

I am 25 year member of Puget Sound Antique Tractor Club. I have five tractors and two threshing machines, one of which is a 1935 22' Case and the other is a 1910 all wood Aultman Taylor 32'. I thresh with the Case every year and enjoy it. I have three grandsons in the business and they enjoy it, too.

I do like Gas Engine Magazine very much. I had my 80th birthday last September.


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