I've inherited 3 stationary engines: John Deere, Fairbanks Morse, & IH - McCormick Deering

Hi All,

Sorry for cross-posting - I have no idea where else to look for info...

I've just inherited 3 stationary engines from my grandfather - a John Deere, an IH McCormick Deering (with original owners manual & spare fuel tank), and a Fairbanks Morse. They were all in (seemingly good) running condition as of

2 years ago - the JD & IH were fairly recently restored. I really know nothing about these things & I will probably end up selling two of them. The JD was his favorite and most recently restored, so I suspect I'll keep that one. Can anyone tell me anything about them? Approximate value? Pointers on where to look for more information?

Here are some pics:

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Thanks in advance,


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typing "stationary engines " into google resulted in enough links to sites of interest to keep one reading for weeks.


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I'm really sticking my neck on the line here, nothing causes more controversy than trying to second guess engine prices, but in UK I'd say something like £500 for the John Deer, maybe £200-£300 for the nice little International LB and the low end of that for the Fairbanks. Probably best to keep an eye on ebay to see what such things are fetching there. Sources of info are Gas engine magazine in USA and Stationary Engine magazine in UK.

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Nick H

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Looks as 'tho your on the WC USA. This site is UK.

Suggest search Google for the following US sites. Try ATIS, or "Harry's stationary engines". The first is an active forum with many knowledgeable types, including experts on these manafacturers. The second is a general site with a "for sale" section.

One tip is to check all the engines for their manufacturers tags. These are usually metal plates attached to each engine in a visible location. If you find them, they will usually give you a model number & horsepower, & often a makers serial number (& occasionally year of manufacture).

If you find no tags, you may find numbers stamped into components. If the same number appears a few times, that's likely to be the serial. You may also find raised casting numbers, but they usually give limited clues on identity.

Quote all of that info for each engine in your request for info. It gives "those who know" each manufacturer a much better idea of what you have.

Each of your manufacturers have common & very rare engines. Good luck.


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Colin Osborne

Atis is no more, it has changed in the last month:

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Oldengine.org is the other main mailing list:

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Harry Matthews site is at:

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Another good discussion site:

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I cannot reply by email to the original poster in Canada as his email address is not valid.

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Prepair Ltd

Rob, I just got into the stationary engine hobby myself. Its a very active hobby and has been for years. All of the engines you have are common and would be worth about $500-$1,000 each assuming they are complete, original, and don't have any serious defects (cracks in the cylenders, broken parts, etc.).

Consider keeping them. Watching them run is a blast!

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