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

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.