1905 Stover Engine Back Home from Argentina

Collector gets a 1905 2 HP Type A vertical Stover engine with pumper on the right track.

| June/July 2013

  • Stover Type A
    Don Oberholtzer’s swap meet-find 1905 2 HP Stover Type A with pumper after restoration.
    Photo Courtesy Don Oberholtzer
  • Don With Stover
    Don in his shop with the unrestored Stover vertical.
    Photo Courtesy Don Oberholtzer
  • Stover Flywheel
    Restoration: necessary. The Stover’s flywheel sported a crack when purchased.
    Photo Courtesy Don Oberholtzer
  • Stover Front
    The engine was missing its fuel pump, igniter and trip arms.
    Photo Courtesy Don Oberholtzer
  • Stitching
    The repaired water jacket.
    Photo Courtesy Don Oberholtzer
  • Trip Arms
    Don fabricated his own trip arms and sourced a fuel pump.
    Photo Courtesy Don Oberholtzer
  • Stitching Cracks
    Stiching up small cracks in the water jacket.
    Photo Courtesy Don Oberholtzer
  • Replacement Igniter
    Don was lucky enough to find a replacement igniter for the Stover.
    Photo Courtesy Don Oberholtzer
  • Tag
    This Type A 2 HP Pumper that had been shipped to Mitchell Lewis & Saner in Portland, Ore., on June 9, 1905, for export to Argentina. 
    Photo Courtesy Don Oberholtzer
  • Type A With Pumper
    The completed 2 HP Stover Type A with pumper after a thorough restoration.
    Photo Courtesy Don Oberholtzer

  • Stover Type A
  • Don With Stover
  • Stover Flywheel
  • Stover Front
  • Stitching
  • Trip Arms
  • Stitching Cracks
  • Replacement Igniter
  • Tag
  • Type A With Pumper

One of my favorite things to do when I go to the Portland (Tri-State Gas Engine & Tractor Assn. Swap & Sell) show each May is to look for parts and a project engine to work on during the winter months.

On the first day on the show grounds in 2008 I saw a Stover vertical in need of serious restoration. Each day I would stop to look it over to see if it could be repaired, and each time I saw something different.

The last day on the grounds I decided if it was still there I would take it home. Sure enough, it was still there. I made the deal and started to load it. There were the usual comments like “That is a piece of junk” and “Are you taking that to the scrap yard?”

After I returned home and had it in my shop, I took a closer look and determined my work was cut out for me. I emailed Joe Maurer for some info, and he responded that it was a Type A 2 HP Pumper that had been shipped to Mitchell Lewis & Saner in Portland, Ore., on June 9, 1905, for export to Argentina.



Since my primary background is with IHCs, I had lots to learn about Stovers, which involved a lot of talking with Stover folks and spending more money than I expected to.

I found the engine had two major problems: One flywheel needed to be replaced, and the fuel pump, igniter and trip arms were all missing. Emails were dispatched asking for help. Several collectors responded with info, and I was fortunate that some of them lent me original parts to copy.



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