Collector stumbles upon rare century-old Sterling cycle engine designed to pump water
Steve Gray's century-old Rider-Ericsson gleamed in the sun at a recent show in California. he knows little of the engine's background, other than that its previous owner had it for about 30 years. "This one quite likely was used originally on the East coast," he says.
This 1911 Waterloo Boy 1-1/2 hp engine is one of Steve's favorites. This model, he says, was only produced for one year, after which it was changed slightly and re-rated to 2 hp.
The only difference between Steve's model Rider-Ericsson and the full-size engine is the legs. The model represents the use of ornate cast iron legs that were usually seen on the full-size engine. Steve's engine, though, has simpler cast steel legs, better for transporting the engine to shows.