Re: 1916 Stover Model K
Nice find, Jerry. The Stover model K is a nice, heavy well built engine. As to your questions, No. 1, Stover engines were a deep red up to the mid teens and then switched to a medium to dark green. in between there were also some that were black but the reasons aren't clear. In addition, some engines were sold to equipment manufacturers who had them painted in their companies preferred colors. On top of that, some were manufactured to be sold by companies in other countries, in other colors. So, unless you can find original paint underneath somewhere, it would be hard to prove. You can find out who the engine was shipped to, and when, by contacting Joe Maurer <email@example.com> Joe keeps the Stover registry and has access to the original company records. Most were red until about the time yours was made, and most were green after. As to No.2 There are reprinted manuals available from the sponsors on this site, at a very reasonable cost. As to No. 3 The mains were oiled, not greased. The reservoirs on the mains should be packed with cotton waste. Cotton string, like mop string will do nicely nowadays. Twist a few strands down into the holes tightly and pack the remainder on top of them, filling the cup about half to two thirds full. This allows you to add oil each time you run the engine. The oil will be wicked down to the bearing as needed. As for the looseness in the piston pin, it will need to be corrected. You probably need to replace the pin and bushing. Good luck with the new project !