Stickney Jr. And Falk Engines

| December/January 1990

Box 127 Wanamingo, Minnesota 55983

These are a couple of engines we recently finished restoring. The 3 HP Stickney Jr. that I have is serial #276. It was purchased from the original owner's family near Boyd, Minnesota, in the late 1950's by Karl P. Marquardt of Minneapolis, Minnesota. It was pretty much complete but needed total restoration. Art Wegner of Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, and John Paradise of Rochester, Minnesota were both very gracious and accommodating in lending parts off of their own engines so that I could copy them and complete mine. Karl Marquardt has compiled a serial number list of these engines known to be in existence. Sixteen engines are known to exist at this time. The engine runs quite well.

The 10 HP Falk hopper cooled engine is serial #C342. I bought it from Ervin Erickson from Vasa, Minnesota in the fall of 1988. Ervin's father, Edmund, purchased the engine new in approximately 1912. Edmund set up a complete machine shop and the Falk powered the machine shop all the way up to 1938 when electricity became available in rural areas. This engine was completely disassembled and scattered about in an iron scrap pile of about 50 tons or more. Dad and I fished through the iron pile and found quite a few interesting parts for other engines and tractors. A 6 HP hopper cooled Falk #BB45 also came out of the pile in pieces and 100% complete plus quite a few extra parts from a neighbor's 5 or 6 HP Falk. Kind of neat to still be able to turn up stuff like this in this day and age only 14 miles from home!

The Falk engine has few equals when it comes to quality in workmanship and details. The governor and carburetion systems were way ahead of their time, especially when considering the use of low grade fuels. The hopper cooled Falks are quite scarce, I believe. The tool box in the picture is the original and had the original tool set with it from Falk. There were 19 broken ignitor springs in the tool box when I cleaned it out. It was quite a project from start to finish, restoring an engine like this that has been lying in an old scrap pile for fifty years or so. Kurt Baxter, from Silver Creek, Minnesota, was called upon to fine tune the engine once we got it into running condition. Kurt is tough to beat when it comes to coaxing these antique engines into a nice sounding, even beat.