THE STEINER LONG LIFE


| July/August 1975

  • A small gasoline engine
    Courtesy of Joseph Campsey, R.D. 1, West Alexander, Pennsylvania 15376
    Joseph Campsey
  • Missouri Street Fair
    Courtesy of Charles A. Stark, Route 2, Box 167A, Republic, Missouri 65738.
    Charles A. Stark
  • Picture is a thresher
    Courtesy of Charles A. Stark, Route 2, Box 167A, Republic, Missouri 65738.
    Charles A. Stark
  • 40 H.P. Bovaird and Seyfang engine
    This dejected looking old engine with its nose in the ground is the remains of a 40 H.P. Bovaird and Seyfang engine discarded after pumping for many years in the Bradford, Pa. oil fields. It is now rusting away in a field near an abandoned pump station.
    George F. Kempher
  • Model sawmill set
    Courtesy of John M. Hamilton, 2015 Arthur Avenue, Charleston, Illinois, 61920
    John M. Hamilton
  • It is a stilt-tractor
    Courtesy of John M. Hamilton, 2015 Arthur Avenue, Charleston, Illinois 61920
    John M. Hamilton
  • 2-1/4 HP, No. 1438/89'
    Engine pictured was probably manufactured between 1900 and 1912. A nameplate on the engine declares it to be of 2-1/4 HP, No. 1438/89 and made by Associated Manufacturers Co. of Waterloo, Iowa.
    Jack Marsh
  • The 'President's Circle'
    Courtesy of Dan Steinhoff, New Ashford, Massachusetts 01237.
    Dan Steinhoff
  • Buffalo Drilling Motor
    Courtesy of Oscar L. Carson, Pleasantville, Pennsylvania 16341
    Oscar L. Carson
  • Troy and Berkshire Clubs along with some guests
    Courtesy of Dan Steinhoff, New Ashford, Massachusetts 01237
    Dan Steinhoff
  • Merle and Lynn Bottum
    Courtesy of Dan Steinhoff, New Ashford, Massachusetts 01237
    Dan Steinhoff
  • 7 HP Chase engine
    Courtesy of Charles A. Stark, Route 2, Box 167A, Republic, Missouri 65738.
    Charles A. Stark
  • Picture is of the 'coffee break'
    Courtesy of Dan Steinhoff, New Ashford, Massachusetts 01237
    Dan Steinhoff
  • Jr. gas and gasoline engine
    Courtesy of Charles A. Stark, Route 2, Box 167A, Republic, Missouri 65738.
    Charles A. Stark
  • Chase engine and my daughter Shelly
    Courtesy of Charles A. Stark, Route 2, Box 167A, Republic, Missouri 65738.
    Charles A. Stark
  • A scene of looking down over the engines
    Courtesy of Charles A. Stark, Route 2, Box 167A, Republic, Missouri 65738.
    Charles A. Stark

  • A small gasoline engine
  • Missouri Street Fair
  • Picture is a thresher
  • 40 H.P. Bovaird and Seyfang engine
  • Model sawmill set
  • It is a stilt-tractor
  • 2-1/4 HP, No. 1438/89'
  • The 'President's Circle'
  • Buffalo Drilling Motor
  • Troy and Berkshire Clubs along with some guests
  • Merle and Lynn Bottum
  • 7 HP Chase engine
  • Picture is of the 'coffee break'
  • Jr. gas and gasoline engine
  • Chase engine and my daughter Shelly
  • A scene of looking down over the engines

541 Wisconsin Ave., Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin 54935

About two years ago last summer, I was lucky enough to find an engine called a Steiner Long Life. I found the engine sitting in an old dilapidated brick building next to a feed mill in a little town called Collins, which is about 20 miles west of Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

However, after locating the owner, (who turned out to be the owner of the feed mill), I was disappointed to learn that he would not part with it, and that he planned to restore it to running condition himself someday, maybe!

But, I did not give up hope, and when I returned about a year later, the man was recovering from open heart surgery. Possibly, because of this and also because I had doubled my previous offer, he consented to sell me the engine.



The Steiner Long Life was built -in Plymouth, Wisconsin somewhere around the year 1912. This engine is similar in many ways to the Hippe-Steiner of Mr. Russell Ginnow of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, whose article appears in the Nov.-Dec. 1969 issue of GEM. Both engines have the same diameter flywheels, the same size and shape water hopper, the same bore and stroke, (6-1/2' x 8'). His engine is rated 6 Hp. at 350 Rpm., my engine is rated 7 Hp. at 360 Rpm. Both engines are headless, but here the similarity ends. Russ' engine has the battery make and break ignition, mine has a direct drive magneto, which by the way gives off a beautiful spark in its original unrestored condition, (last patent date July 7, 1912). His engine has many parts made of solid bronze, while my engine is mostly cast iron. My engine has a much simpler valve arrangement. Both intake and exhaust valves are directly in front of the cylinder bore, where the head would normally be. The intake valve works by suction, the exhaust valve and ignitor are operated by a single cam and push rod on the same side of the engine. The governor is on the same flywheel as the cam with linkage direct to the push rod trip, hence the hit and miss operation. The carburetor on my engine is very simple, it has only a check valve, a needle valve, and a choke plate, while his is much more complicated. Russ' engine was painted blue, while my engine was painted dark green.

Obviously the Hippe-Steiner came first and the Steiner Long Life later. The Hippe-Steiner is much more complicated in design and more expensive in construction, which may have caused the company financial trouble, with Mr. Hippe leaving the business and the business being moved from Chilton to Plymouth Wisconsin.



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