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Stearns Light Plant


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Old 08-05-2017, 07:32:42 AM
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Found some Stearns sales literature post marked 1929 from West Virginia USA.
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That's in very nice shape. I don't believe I've seen antique advertising in better condition anywhere. Mind if we ask where you got it?

I've always considered a "double sided" picture frame for display, but never built one. That way you could hang it with either side showing.
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I found it on E-Bay. Not much info on this company.
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I have a Sterns Light Plant just like the one in your ad I bought it at the Portland Swap 2 years ago an have it running
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There are various prior threads here and on other old-tractor sites re' Stearns; Google Stearns Tractor motor , and search Stearns here---a batch of stuff will show up re' company history etc..
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cinr94 Do you have any photos or video of your light plant? I have viewed one other video on Youtube of a Stearns running. The plant I have is on Youtube search Allan Noyes and it should come up. Was that the spring swap meet at Portland ? If more Stearns plants are rescued I would like to start a registry of models, serial numbers and owner info.

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Bud Tierney I am not sure if the Stearns Light plant and the Stearns engines used in early tractors are related, maybe others can verify.
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I appreciate that posting of the literature. I have a 850 plant 32 volt too.

It ran and generated a few years ago for a brief time, but needs a full restoration. It needs the skids made, the radiator cleaned and some brazing on the rad outlet from the cylinder. The head had been welded due to a freeze crack at some point. On my to do list

Its the later version like the picture above.

Mine is serial number 14105

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Mike thanks for posting I will start a registry of Stearns Light plants and see what evolves.
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I will get a video of it running an post it an yes it was the spring swap meet 2016 also got a Phelps from the same guy spring 2015 it's a tank cooled with model t coil for ignition factory setup also have it running
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NOYES: Good question---going over my notes, I didn't note any ad or piece that specifically said they were the same co, except for a light plant piece in Elec Review in 1921 that referred to the light plant builder as a builder of "...light plants and gasoline motors..."...
I very well may've assumed from the light plant and motors ads using the same company name they were, in fact, one company...while it seems a valid assumption, I'm certainly open to correction...
Wed Aug 9 addition---A Gas Engine magazine piece in 1977 (Giles Tractor Notes) does say the light plant co and Stearns tractor engines was same company...but credit should probably go to Wm Giles, an earlier engine and boat designer, who started Giles Engine And Boat Works, later Giles Tractor And engine co in Ludington, apparently with J S Stearns and others financial backing...
Stearns reportedly bought out Giles, who'd produced a line of marine engines as well; the Std Cat farm tractors states the 1918 Gile tractor had a Gile built OHV 43/4 x61/2. So it appears Stearns simply continued Gile engine production, naming them Stearns...
Reports state customers were unable or unwilling to pay in the crash of 29-30, that Stearns was heavily involved in lumber operations in Stearns, KY, and simply decided to shut down the engines operation. ...

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