I found this link to a Stevens Tool Catalog awhile back. It was free and very interesting. I thought some may be interested in what they offered. Some of the less recognizable tools show up at swap meets from time to time and usually no one knows what they are for.
Very Cool Donnie. Thank You for posting.
Does anyone have the Stevens one man engine stand shown on pages 10-15?
I'll take one of each. Where can I place my order?
Place your order in the classifieds, talk with your banker, and above all offer your prayers in church .
Hi Trent, does it work as easily as they describe in the literature? Have you rebuilt any engines in yours? Thanks, John
John; look closely... I bet that stand could be easily duplicated Esp. if Trent would supply some measurements and pictures
The Stevens engine stand I had in my possession was not complete. It was missing some of the pieces, but the engine mounting plate was there, although the four holes had been enlarged, and had to be welded up and re-drilled.
The body of the stand was made primarily of 3/8" angle iron. Much of the body and feet appeared to be identical to those used on the Stevens rear axle stand. Although I never tried to use the stand to raise an engine, it certainly appeared as though it would work as described in the catalog and flyers for the stand.
I have since acquired a complete KRW engine stand on the roller base, which I much prefer. With the Wilson engine stand you can stand a Model T motor on its nose for setting up and installing the transmission. The Stevens stand won't allow that. Also, I use one of the widely available engine cherry pickers to pick up motors and mount them on the engine stand, so I don't need the capability to drag a motor off the floor and get it on the stand the way the Stevens stand does.
I also have a Dixie axle stand, which I find to be extremely useful. In looking at interim shop photos of 1920's Ford dealers at the Benson Ford Research Center, it seems that the Dixie axle stand was the one most often pictured. The Dixie is not only very rugged, it folds up into a compact space. The Wilson axle stand does not do that, and judging from my experience with the Stevens engine stand, the Stevens axle stand is not quite as rugged as the Dixie.
I am sure most dealerships and garage mechanics of,the Model T era had personal likes and dislikes. Some no doubt loved the Stevens stands, while others preferred the Wilson or Dixie stands. Generally, I have found Stevens Speedup tools to be very well designed and highly effective when used in the proper manner. The Stevens axle sleeve puller is the best I have ever used. Nothing else comes close. The Stevens large time gear nut wrench is also extremely good. The Stevens hub cap rethreader is very effective if the tool you are using has sharp thread cutters. I also have and use the Stevens axle yoke repair tools that are now being reproduced.
Personally I am quite happy with the tools I have. They serve me well, and I can get a lot done using them.
I'm working on repoducing the Stevens engine stand and hope to have my prototype completed by January. If there is interest please note here, it may get me to act faster on this. Jerry
Trent, thanks. I have a KRW stand and it is great. I was just curious about the Stevens stand and how well it worked. No axle stand yet. The KRW axle stand just seems to take up to much space. I don't think it would be that difficult to make one that would fit in the KRW engine stand. Thanks again for the info.
Hello Jerome. I am interested. Is it planned to be a reproduction of the original or just a machine that functions in a similar manner?
I have one!
I just purchased it in So. California indirectly from the Oregon garage sale.
DOES ANYONE KNOW WHAT THE THREADED BOLT IN THE #3 image in the catalog is used for? It sticks out below the work surface area on the same side as the valve tool hook. The threaded bolt could support something????????
I have yet to try to load a motor. Waiting for a break during Xmas
I've got the puller for the drive shaft sleeve. Pg19&20
And the hub rethreader pg 34
There is a piston vice similar to the Stevens on eBay right now - search - piston vice
I have quite a few of those.I have a gear puller for Generator,the complete driveshaft rebuild kit in original box /with sticker, and a piston vice,bushing driver and a split bushing driver for king pin bushings. You find them in Garage sales and auctions.
I am very interested in quality reproduction tools like the stand your working on.
Does anyone have a Stevens rear axle stand. ? I am thinking of making one. A few good pictures and a few measurements would really help. Jack is right about the stuff showing up at yard sales, and even flea markets ect. I have about 1/2 of the stuff in the book. Most are just lucky finds. But without seeing a picture of some of them I would have not have know what they were. have fun/be safe. Donnie Brown ...