By Staff
article image

91 Misty Meadows Road, Winter Haven, Florida 33880

I was exhibiting several engines at my home engine club and was
adjusting the fuel mixture on one of them when someone tapped me on
the shoulder and inquired of me: ‘Are you Bob Logan?’ I
replied, ‘Yes sir.’ ‘From Imperial?’, he continued.
‘Yes sir’, I replied, expecting a summons to follow.
‘Well’ he said, ‘I moved into the Brown house eight
years ago and there has been a ‘little pump’ sitting in my
cellar and I would like you to have it.’ I said I certainly
would like to have it and made arrangements to pick it up the
following day.

Next day my friend, Howard Miller, and I went to pick up the
‘little pump.’ To our surprise there was this cute little 1
HP Stover engine complete and all original, covered with about an
inch of dust. This was the ‘little pump’ and all we had to
do was to take it home. We cleaned off the dust and dirt and
proceeded to take it apart. To our amazement, the valves and rings
actually had oil on them and were in near-perfect condition. The
only defect we could find was that the igniter had been cracked and
welded and was a rather sloppy job. After rewelding the igniter and
cleaning the gas tank, the ‘little pump’ soon ran like a
‘Singer Sewing Machine’ and became my pride and joy.

I only hope my engine collecting friends have this same kind of
luck some day.

Gas Engine Magazine
Gas Engine Magazine
Preserving the History of Internal Combustion Engines