Dutch Stover Comes To Life


| August/September 1999



Stover vertical engine

Read all about the restoration of this stunning 1905 Stover vertical engine

Langhuisterweg 45 9076 PL Sint Anna Parochie, The Netherlands

Read all about the restoration of this stunning 1905 Stover vertical engine

The engine as purchased.

The first restored part of the engine on finished cart.

When visiting some engine collectors in the southern part of Holland, where I had picked up a fuel pump for my Blackstone vertical, we came to a collector with a magnificent collection of engines. Parts of his collection are an inverted Durkopff, a Blackstone hot bulb, and a Crossley sideshaft.

While we were looking around in his engine shed, my eye fell on a flywheel lying under his workbench. We discussed it and I was told it was a vertical Stover 'A' type and he said this was the first style Stover vertical with a one-piece cylinder/frame.

I asked him if it was or sale and he told me it was, but he warned me that it was in very bad condition. We looked at it as it was standing under the bench, and it was obvious that the cylinder had been cracked, as there was a layer of bronze on it where it had been repaired. It was all in parts scattered around, so it was difficult to get an idea of its shape. At this point, I did not seriously think of buying the engine, and later we drove home after a nice day of having seen many engines.

When I came home I told my dad about the Stover, and we took the 'Big Yellow Book' to see how it would actually look. The rest of the week, the engine was always in my mind and we discussed much about it. We both agreed that it would be a nice item to add to our collection. At the end of the week, I called the owner and asked if it was complete, and the condition of the rest of the engine. He told me that most of the parts were there, and we agreed that we would come and look the next Saturday. He would collect all the parts that were all around in his engine shed, and assemble the engine so we could see what it was like.

The next Saturday, August 6, 1994, we made the trip back to him, and when we arrived, he had already assembled the engine. It was far worse than we thought. The igniter and the igniter trip device were missing, the rocker arm was broken and one half missing, and the fuel pump lever was lost. The worst thing seemed to be the approximately ?' thick layer of welding bronze on the side of the cylinder. You can only imagine what would be underneath it. Last but not least, the cylinder head was cracked in two places. However, it sure was nice in appearance, with its large diameter narrow flywheels. We discussed whether to buy it or not, but in the end we decided to take it. We took it apart and loaded the pieces into the car.