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My 1912 STOVER 4hp T serial #T39095


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Old 07-05-2009, 03:24:11 PM
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I have NOT ran this engine since the 2002 Hungry Hollow Engine Show in Rice Lake, WI. Today, 07-05-09, I decided to see if the old girl would at least fire...fire, HELL...I oiled it up, primed it & with the FIRST turn of the flywheels, she took off running!!! I did NOT put in any fresh gas...that's how good Sta-Bil is!!!
I bought this engine in 1991 from a local elderly gentleman...it needed some TLC, so I tore it completely apart & spent 2-1/2 years restoring it. I'm VERY HAPPY & PROUD!!! (Sorry about the poor lighting)
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Nice looking engine (even with poor lighting as you mentioned).

If everything is in good working order they will run just fine on old gas with or without Sta-bil in them. Some of the engines with real long updraft carburators or fuel mixers may need fresher gas as they rely more on the vapors than they do on raw fuel, but ones like this if they have spark and compression, they will run on just about anything. Your seven year period of setting apparently did no harm.

I finally got around to rebuilding the distributer on my 37 Ford truck last year and fired it up on what was left in the tank from 14 years earlier with NO Sta-bil or anything else added to it. Other than squirting a little fresh gas in the carb to prime it rather than wait for the fuel pump to fill it up, it fired right up and ran just fine on the old stuff, including driving it 3 miles on that to the nearest gas station to add a few more gallons. Same goes for one of 69 Firebirds starting up and running on 15 year old gas. My 4hp KG Stover smelled like varnish in the tank, but I gave it shot of gas to prime it and fired it up on whatever it was that was in the tank when I bought it.

Before anyone says that the gas was better back then, the 37 Ford was parked in 1994 when the points gave out on it, and with what little I drove it, that was already a mixture of 2 week to 2 year old gas being 1992-1994 vintage fuel. I've been hearing people complaining about the 'modern gas' being no good for nearly 30 years already, maybe more. I guess it's just easier to blame the gas than to admit that your mag is weak or your ignitor is dirty or has a weak spring on it.

Again.... Nice looking engine. It's a couple years older than than my 4 horse T. If you contact Joe Maurer on here or by email at toadhill@aeroinc.net he can look up some more information on it for you including the build date, the shipping date, and where it was originally shipped to. For instance, my 4hp T66956 was built in 1914 but didn't ship until Feb 16th 1915 and my 1 1/2 hp KE162592 was built in 1924 and shipped Feb 2nd 1925. Both of those were just shipped 'accross town' to Dorman & Co. in Freeport who likely resold them to their customers. My 4hp KG188819 was built in 1927 and shipped on August 10th 1927 to A.Y. McDonald in Dubuque Iowa according to the record books. I don't know if it's possible to access any records from those companies to track down any more info or not, but it's nice to find out where they originally went to and when.
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It's always nice when a sleeping engine wakes up and is ready to go!
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Nice running engine
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THANKS Otto...I'll get in touch with Joe! The gent I got it from, said that he bought it in the early 1960's, along with 2 other engines from a farm near Bloomer, WI & it was used mainly on a saw rig....that's all I know.
(Unfortunately, someone else beat me to the other 2.)
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Did you get the saw rig with it, or just the engine ?

I don't know how far up into Wisconsin Cadott is located, but if you want to haul it to any shows this year, the Stephenson County Antique Engine Club's 40th annual show in Freeport Illinois (Home of the Stover Line) will be Sept 18 19 & 20 this year.
Had always been the last Full Weekend in July until the county fair board in their infinite wisdom decided to change the dates of the fair forcing us to pick new show dates after 39 years.

Hopefully with the new show dates we'll still be able to get some steam engines there to go along with the tractors, horse power equipment, engines, sawmill, barrel stave mill, threshers, cars, trucks, and other assorted farm equipment and display's. We also have a museum and Railroad a mile or so South of the fairgrounds that are open during the show.
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No Otto, I did NOT get the saw-rig. IDK about Freeport, but I am planning on bringing it to the Baraboo Show, in August.
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Boy, Ackman has it all! Looks, brains, money and a 4 H.P. Stover "T". All kidding aside, nice engine Randy!! See ya, Fred
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