Waterloo Serial Numbers Found

By Staff

The members of our gasoline engine hobby have received exciting
news of a major breakthrough in dating engines produced by the
Waterloo Gasoline Engine Company of Waterloo, Iowa. All Waterloo
engines produced from 1906 through 1923 can now have the year of
production determined.

Thanks to months of contact with and cooperation by the John
Deere Collectors Center in Moline, Ill., the elusive serial numbers
for these years have been discovered. First contact with the Deere
& Company about the serial numbers resulted with a response
that, ‘we do not have a list available on Waterloo gasoline
engines.’

However, another source at Deere & Company had been asked a
few years ago by an engine owner about a Waterloo engine he owned.
That person knew where to look and the owner received information
he requested about the ship date of his engine. As time passed and
positions changed at Deere, the numbers were lost, but now have
been found again.

The Waterloo Gasoline Company began business in 1895. In 1906,
the company began production of its ‘Waterloo Boy’
hopper-cooled, open crank engine that characterized its well-known
line for the next 15 years. During this time, Waterloo became one
of the ‘Big Four’ manufacturers, along with
Fairbanks-Morse, Hercules and International Harvester. From 1906
through 1918, Waterloo engines were sold by at least 64
companies.

The Majestic, Eaton, John Smyth, Jackson, Sandow and Waterloo
Boy are just some of the more common Waterloo engines.

After the sale of Waterloo to Deere & Company in 1918, the
company introduced a new design with the ‘H’ gasoline and
‘K’ kerosene models in 1921, with many mechanical changes.
Production of the Waterloo Boy engine ceased in 1923 and was
replaced by the renowned Deere Type ‘E’.

The John Deere Collectors Center has provided the accompanying
list of serial numbers for the Waterloo Boy engines. Serial numbers
are located on the I.D. tag and on the end of the crankshaft on the
igniter side. Some companies added a letter in front of their
serial numbers that can be ignored. The beginning number in January
for each year is listed.

Some of the ‘Waterloo Boy’ engines had a casting date.
The casting dates are generally found on the left side opposite the
igniter. Please check under the crankshaft and toward the head for
such a number. Casting dates are important in historical research.
Please forward your serial number and casting date to me for
recording.

Thanks for your help in continuing the Waterloo research.

Contact engine enthusiast James W. Priestley at 117 Lind
Street, McMinnville. TN 37110, or email at:
jimmypriestley@hot-mail.com. Or go to:
http://www.geocities.com/oldengine2

Waterloo Gasoline Engine Company Serial Numbers List

Model Year

Serial Numbers

Quantity

1906

4902-5279

377

1907

5280-6184

904

1908

6185-8341

2156

1909

8342-13550

5208

1910

13551-24145

10594

1911

24146-39501

15355

1912

39502-67080

27578

1913

67081-91672

24591

1914

91673-113017

21344

1915

113018-126548

13530

1916

126549-137642

11093

1917

137643-146034

8391

1918

146035-152396

6361

1919

152397-156361

3964

1920

156362-160003

3641

1921

160004-225999*

*

1922

226000-229510

3510

1923

229511-334099

*

*Some numbers skipped as Waterloo Boy ‘H’ and
‘K’ and John Deere ‘E’ models were introduced
replacing the original model.

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