Post Number: 1
|Posted on Thursday, January 09, 2014 - 12:55 pm: ||
Hello all. I have just picked up an vinco with a diamond shape tag never seen one like this before ( in a very bad way) 3 hole flywheel , 2 hole water pump...}
Post Number: 85
|Posted on Thursday, January 09, 2014 - 05:54 pm: ||
Nigel, you have busted one of my theories! Vincent Brothers had their factory at Glebe until November 1954, when they moved to West Ryde. I have a couple of photos of diamond shaped nameplates with West Ryde on them, so had thought that the diamond shape coincided with the new factory. As yours is clearly labeled "Glebe", that design goes back before Nov 1954. It would be safe to say that it is a late rather than early production engine.
Can you or anyone explain how Vincents address was written as either 44 Park Rd, and 44 Wentworth Park Rd? Seems a bit confusing.
Post Number: 114
|Posted on Thursday, January 09, 2014 - 08:20 pm: ||
@Eric ;,... Interesting about the address; when i looked- up Park Rd, there was only a Park lane in Glebe - which does not look like a factory site. But 44 Wentworth Park Rd makes more sense, and there is still a large factory-like building there!
Post Number: 156
|Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 - 04:57 pm: ||
I believe as told to me by a long time Glebe resident that Park Road had it's name changed to Wentworth Park Road around the time of the Greyhound Racing commencing in the early 1930's.
I purchased a Penguin engine from this gentleman whom then immediately spent his money down at the track. You could say he was very keen/obsessed with the dog's and knew a lot about them.
Thanks for the November 1954 date.
Post Number: 86
|Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 - 07:23 pm: ||
Thank you Greg and Mark for your comments. This has led me to look a bit harder at Trove for some answers.
Type in "park road glebe" and you find that most of the results have Wentworth before Park, going back to the 1800's. This has made me wonder if there ever officially was a Park Rd. It is quite possible that the locals shortened the name. On the other hand, why would you use a colloquial name in advertising or name plate?
As Wentworth Park Road seems the most used name, I feel it is historically accurate enough to do as I have now done, remove Park Rd as an address.
A bit more Vinco history: engine production most likely started in 1924, but the first Sydney Morning Herald ad was in January 1926.
An "improved" (a favourite word in those days) model was introduced in 1929. What was improved?
The 4hp was new in 1930.
No starting date for the twin.
A 2 stroke industrial, air cooled engine was introduced in the 1950's. There was also a water cooled marine version.
Any alterations or additions welcome.
Post Number: 157
|Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 - 08:40 pm: ||
A few comments but from memory as I'm away from my paper files for a while:
I believe Vinco was even earlier than 1924, perhaps 1921. This was from business record searches probably ten years ago. The owner(s) of Vinco had a brother in law or father whom owned a foundry nearby. I think it was Bramwell? They did the casting for Vinco. As an aside Invincible Motors had a telegraphic address of Vinco!
The "improved" version relates to a horsepower uprating on the small model. 2 1/2 to 2 3/4 if I recall correctly.
The twin was most likely postwar. I don't ever recall seeing one that wasn't made in Glebe if the plate was still attached. That said I've seen probably seven or eight all up.
They went on to do mowers and other garden equipment as well as floor polishers.
Post Number: 1
|Posted on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 05:58 pm: ||
I have just registered .but as 1953 apprentice at Vinco as boat builder at the time of my employment they 2 1/2 hp 3 1/2 hp single cylinder then common crank two 31/2 's to make seven hp all Vinco engine's had (winco electrics?) at about the same time they developed a 125cc air cooled motor for at the time was called a water scooter made of fiberglass .as the facrory was oin west ryde these scooters were tested at lake parramatta .
as far as the hull emblems they were placed on both sides at the bow there was some fiberglsss 16 ft boats i rember assisting Con Campling shipwright in the construction of the plug ,that hull was made of pacific maple the hull had 32 planks averaging at turn of bilge aruot 2in hope this info helps the boat building part of Vinco stopped 1n about 1957