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Sterling GRS - circa. 1922

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John D. Unsworth
Posted on Wednesday, December 12, 2001 - 05:38 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I have not been able to obtain any information on the Sterling GRS which originally powered my 1922 Ditchburn. I should also like to locate an engine. This was a 6 cylinder engine and was built in Buffalo, N.Y.
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DAN ACIERNO
Posted on Wednesday, December 12, 2001 - 08:03 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

HI JOHN,
THE STERLING GR SERIES WAS INTRODUCED IN 1918 AND BY 1922 WAS KNOWN AS THE DOLPHIN. THEY WERE BUILT IN 4,6 AND 8 CYLINDER LOW MEDIUM AND HI SPEED VERSIONS. THEY HAD 4 OVERHEAD VALVES PER CYLINDER, COUNTER WEIGHTED CRANKSHAFT ETC. A DIFFICULT ENGINE TO LOCATE IN MARINE FORM. INDUSTRIAL VERSIONS APPEAR ON OCCASION[ NO CLUTCH OR REVERSE GEAR.] I KNOW OF ONE STERLING DOLPHIN SPECIAL 290 HP 6 CYLINDER.
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andrew
Posted on Wednesday, December 12, 2001 - 03:14 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

John,
Here is a picture of a 6 cylinder Sterling Dolphin from a 1926 catalog.
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I don't know of any for sale either... but there is a 4 cylinder Sterling for sale on the classifeds now.
Regards,
Andrew
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Bruce Hall
Posted on Wednesday, December 12, 2001 - 08:14 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

John; I looked for a year for a 6cyl Dolphin in Marine trim and finaly settled for a 6cyl Sterling Petrel for an Albany Runabout I restored.See Speltz Vol#6. The Smithsonian has one(GR) in storage but had no interest in parting with it.It came from the Commuter "Pam" which is listed in the Acbs directory with alternate power.I think Pete Henkel new about the "Pam" as it was a Great Lakes area commuter.The 2nd Dolphin Pam carried is rumered to have gone to Lake Tahoe.This may have been 20 yrs ago.There is a running GRS in a Great Lakes Crusier in Michigan.I saw it at the Hessel show in the UP several years ago.A friend in Illinois with a restored 8cyl Dolphin stationary has had a ride on the Great Lakes Crusier in the last two years-It's owned by a gentleman living in Grand Rapids Mi.-I think the boat is in Muskegan Mi.
I have the carcus of a GRS-the original engine from the Albany-It's beyond hope.I donated one of the camshafts to Joe Fraunhiem in Seattle.He's trying to upgrade a GR to GRS specs.His family owns the Miss St.Lawrence which I think is a Stanley designed Sweepstake boat-originaly had a GRS but the 454 in it now drives it very well albeit with out the awsome exhaust note.
There is a account of one of the "Rainbow" series boats racing in Hamilton(Ontario)Harbor with twin GRS Dolphins.After risig 15' above a swell;it landed sending both engines through the bottom-happy fishing!! Bruce Hall
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Leverett Fernald
Posted on Thursday, April 18, 2002 - 06:41 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hi fellows,
I have a Sterling Dolphin 4 cylinder engine with triple ignition. It was used as a backup power source for a vertical lift bridge. I don't know what it has for hours on it, but I don't think it has been run much. It does turn over and seems to have good compression. The bridge was built in 1927, so I would suspect that it is about the same year. Maby you guys could help me determine its worth and help me sell it.
Thanks
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Richard Highet
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Posted on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 11:23 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I have a Sterling Dolphin Engine. It does not have a gear box or clutch. It was equipted to run a generator. If you are imterested write me.
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J Bezubiak
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Posted on Friday, September 03, 2004 - 03:23 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

6 cyl. Sterling Dolphin engine mounted on cast iron stand with two impeller pump. Anyone interested? If not it's going to the scrap yard.
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andrew
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Username: andrew

Post Number: 877
Registered: 11-2001


Posted on Friday, September 03, 2004 - 08:23 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

J. Bezubiak,

Post your location (and an email or phone number if you wish)... I'm sure someone here would be interested, but it depends if you are in Maine or in Melbourne...
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bruce
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Username: bruce

Post Number: 217
Registered: 07-2002
Posted on Friday, September 03, 2004 - 08:46 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

J Bezubiak, Interested in your 6 cyl Sterling- are you in the lower 48 of the USA??
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robert
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Username: robert

Post Number: 270
Registered: 07-2003
Posted on Tuesday, April 28, 2009 - 11:43 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=350195665290&ssPageName=ADME: B:SS:US:1123

An intersting item for the Sterling officianado - hope you don't mind the link Andrew? (I've no connection to the sale of course)
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munson
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Registered: 04-2012
Posted on Monday, April 30, 2012 - 10:02 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I just purchased a Sterling Dolphin GRC 8 and need distributor cabs ans 1 distributor body, 2 fuel pumps. please call Larry Munson 209-485-8985 or email plmunson@charter.net
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Paul B. Cherry
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Posted on Monday, March 24, 2014 - 03:50 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I have a Sterling Dolphin Marine Engine , It is a 4 cyl, 150 Hp . Am really interested in SELLING it. Contact: Cell#419-631-8841 or Email-pcherry@columbus.rr.com
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ldobbins
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Post Number: 140
Registered: 12-2002
Posted on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 12:52 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Can you post any pics of your engine? What kind of condition and where is it located?

Cheers,

Lew

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