|ELMET BUILT BY ED AND LAURIE METCALF
Post Number: 1053
|Posted on Sunday, February 20, 2005 - 07:26 pm: ||
The following was sent by Mick Knight:
The (ELMET) BUILT BY ED AND LAURIE METCALF. Metcalf eng.Subiaco Western Australia. The son is still trading today if you req.information.The only one that I know of is in a museum in Serpentine West Aust.
I advertised for ten years with not one reply. My father had one in his fishing boat in 1948.
Most of them were exported to Malaysia but had to be painted Green as the standard red was unlucky over there,I remember the men talking about how Malaysia sent the first shipmentback to OZ to be repainted.
Hope this helps .Mick
South Hedland 6722
Phone / Fax +618 9172 5402
Andrew, by all means post it ,you never know what will pop out of the woodwork.It is a 2-3 HP. petrol. I have been restoring 40 yrs. Have a Simplex inboard 1hp? have never found any info on it,will send photos and post it,maybe somebody over there will have some info
Post Number: 234
|Posted on Monday, February 21, 2005 - 07:32 am: ||
I know of two Elmets . One is fully restored and owned by a fellow club member in Perth ,West Australia. The other is mine ,not yet restored . I have all the bits including a full set of drawings. THe original cylinder block was very badly corroded ,I have a second but unlike the other does not have ELMET cast on the side. I have the original water cooled muffler, corroded but i will fabricate a copy.
I obtained my engine from Mike Leahy who lived at the time in Waikiki in West Australia.The engine was from a boat owned by one of his relatives . The boat capsized and one man was drowned . This happened some years ago while they were trying to cross the Mandurah Sand bar at the entrance to the Peel Inlet. Seems Mikes relative was so upset at his friends death that he just pulled the boat in removed the Elmet engine and left it in the shed. Consequently it just lay there for many years rusting away . MIke obtained the engine with the intention of restoring it but never did . I allways wanted one of these engines and as i recall i asked the still operating E&L Metcalf if they knew of any that may be around . They suggested Mike as he had contacted them seeking information ..........so in the end Mike gave the engine to me . Strange, i used to visit the factory of E& L Metcalf on business many times before i retired. They made and still make as far as i know high performance turbine pumps . They still have the patterns for the ELMET marine engine.
I could never get a full account of the drowning ,i thought it may be of interest as a historical note . I was able to get the prop shaft but not the propellor ,it was used to keep open the door at the old mans house .Hope Mick Knight reads this.
Post Number: 1054
|Posted on Monday, February 21, 2005 - 09:13 am: ||
That's an amazing story!
You should email Mick directly also, because I'm not sure that he understands the discussion board format. His email address will appear if you click on his hightlighted name at the beginning of the message.