Waterloo Serial Numbers Found
The members of our gasoline engine hobby have received exciting
news of a major breakthrough in dating engines produced by the
Waterloo Gasoline Engine Company of Waterloo, Iowa. All Waterloo
engines produced from 1906 through 1923 can now have the year of
Thanks to months of contact with and cooperation by the John
Deere Collectors Center in Moline, Ill., the elusive serial numbers
for these years have been discovered. First contact with the Deere
& Company about the serial numbers resulted with a response
that, 'we do not have a list available on Waterloo gasoline
However, another source at Deere & Company had been asked a
few years ago by an engine owner about a Waterloo engine he owned.
That person knew where to look and the owner received information
he requested about the ship date of his engine. As time passed and
positions changed at Deere, the numbers were lost, but now have
been found again.
The Waterloo Gasoline Company began business in 1895. In 1906,
the company began production of its 'Waterloo Boy'
hopper-cooled, open crank engine that characterized its well-known
line for the next 15 years. During this time, Waterloo became one
of the 'Big Four' manufacturers, along with
Fairbanks-Morse, Hercules and International Harvester. From 1906
through 1918, Waterloo engines were sold by at least 64
The Majestic, Eaton, John Smyth, Jackson, Sandow and Waterloo
Boy are just some of the more common Waterloo engines.
After the sale of Waterloo to Deere & Company in 1918, the
company introduced a new design with the 'H' gasoline and
'K' kerosene models in 1921, with many mechanical changes.
Production of the Waterloo Boy engine ceased in 1923 and was
replaced by the renowned Deere Type 'E'.
The John Deere Collectors Center has provided the accompanying
list of serial numbers for the Waterloo Boy engines. Serial numbers
are located on the I.D. tag and on the end of the crankshaft on the
igniter side. Some companies added a letter in front of their
serial numbers that can be ignored. The beginning number in January
for each year is listed.