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Help!!--Stearns Engine Designations D-DR-DU Etc.


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Old 10-17-2012, 04:46:43 PM
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Default Help!!--Stearns Engine Designations D-DR-DU Etc.

Several Stearns engine "series" had the designations A-AR-AU, D-DR-DU etc...(all within each "series" same b/s)...
I've got a Stearns ad which says the "A" version is open flywheel type, no Bell/flywheel housing; that the AU version was with the Bell/flywheel housing for tractors of unit construction. I assume this holds true with the D etc series.
Does anyone here know how the "AR/DR" version differs, or what the "R" designates??
Any comments appreciated! Many thxx!! Bud
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I would like to see a pic of these early style of stearns engines. My Stearns/Gile tractor (missing the engine) shows the manifold on the opposite side as a huber in the tractor book but with the same engine bore and stroke.
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1926 that the first new model under the new management would be announced, the Model D series 6-85. Actually the engine from the larger sleeve- valve six, the model S-6-95, which was upgraded in January of 1925, would be updated and retained for the new model, at least for the time being. Engine improvements were on the way, but there had not been enough time to complete them.
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Default Re: Help!!--Stearns Engine Designations D-DR-DU Etc.

Xplor;
That's an excellent link on Stearns. Same Stearns as in the 40-62 Huber? I spent over an hour and learned a bunch on sleeve valve engines which always interest me. We (son) have a Wyllis Knight Sleeve valve car and in my shed. Thanks
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Default Re: Help!!--Stearns Engine Designations D-DR-DU Etc.

JOE: This ad has no date (it's in "Tractor Quondam", a little booklet of reference book copies of tractor models and assorted ads, by AP Lang in 1971).
Illus is of vertical 4cyl ohv, plugs on passenger side in cathedral shaped openings in side of head, plugs look like 45 degree angle, with petcocks just below in block.
Fan is mounted on stalk,driven by flat belt pulley off front of accessory drive on pass side, driving water pump and mag, with what must be round oil press gauge between and just below wp and mag.
Rad hose connec to radiator comes out of center of head in front of engine.
Manifold, carb would be on drivers side.
May have some other Stearns ads with dates; will check
EXPLOR:---nice history, but no cigar---my Stearns was Justus Smith Stearns of Ludington, MI--Stearns Motor M'f'g Co, later Stearns Motor co, which grew out of/descended from Gile Tractor & Engine Co and/or other Gile companies there in Ludington. My Stearns made his money in timber/lumber, then added everything else he stumbled across. He gave up engines in 1930 or so.
OILPULLED: None of the Stearns in tractors are listed as Stearns-Knights, so I doubt any connection, unless in generations prior to engine building.
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Default Re: Help!!--Stearns Engine Designations D-DR-DU Etc.

You are looking for Gile engines of Ford tractor fame made in Ludington, Michigan . Justus Smith Stearns was the money man.

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You are looking for Gile engines of Ford tractor fame made in Ludington, Michigan . Justus Smith Stearns was the money man.

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No, I am looking for a pic of the 4 cylinder engine that Gile developed in 1918 and was used in the Gile model Q tractor in 1919 and in 1920 was renamed Stearns tractor and used in the same tractor but now under their new name and later went on to be used in a lot of Hubers after more refinement. The engine is listed in Chilton 1918 book in the tractor engine section as a model P with a 4.75 x 6.5 bore and stroke. By 1921 Stearns calls this motor a model AU.

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