| July/August 1975

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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