|Unknown 4 cylinder in NSW Australia
Post Number: 1134
|Posted on Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 06:57 pm: ||
Good morning from Down under.
I have been researching information for an unknown engine my father, Henry Matheson found and restored. He is the operator of the Historical Museum at Finley, in NSW Australia.
I have sent many emails to people all over the world, but as yet, still unable to identify this engine. It has no marking or numbers or stamps on the engine
The Dennis museum in the UK have called it a White and Poppe, but they are not sure, it has also been liken to a Aster engine but photos we hound are very different.
He was told a few days ago it could be Ducro Niagra engine, but I have not found a photo similar as yet.
I was hoping you could take a look, and may be offer suggestions, or even other places to look.
Any comment would be welcome
Thank you in advance.
Finley Ambulance Station
Post Number: 14
|Posted on Thursday, October 20, 2011 - 04:24 am: ||
hi Phillip after looking at your engine I sent the photos off to the Secretary of the Historical Club that I belong to - I was offered an engine which I thought was similar from a cane farm on the Sunshine Coast a few years ago and both from memory and on checking with the Secretary he confirmed as best he could ( another one, as you will say) we both thought it may a Felix Engine - apart from that I can offer nothing else.
I too have an engine seeking info on approx 7/8 Forums - correspondence to Museums etc and still cannot find out anything about my engine - wish you luck.
My engine is also on this site Motore Torino DNF 30 - Diatto A. Clement
Post Number: 69
|Posted on Saturday, October 22, 2011 - 12:26 pm: ||
She is a beaut! What a great project. She is most likely NOT a marine engine at all but a car or truck engine from circa 1905 to 1913 or so. Her motor mount lands and cone clutch are automotive. The crank snout for the starting crank handle would never work in a boat. And most marine engines of the day ran flywheel forward for clearance in the bilge and stringers. The reverse gears ran off the crank snout.
Unless you see another mounting for a distributor, she would have had a dual spark mag and not the Bosch DU-4 seen in the pictures. The chain drive most likely ran the water pump and/or possibly a Manzel style total loss oil pump. This might be the case as I do not see from the pics, a mounting point or bolt holes to hold an oil drip reservoir.
Early Dyke's Automotive manuals are a place to start to find something like her. I will look around some too.
Good luck and have fun!
Lew "The West Coast Sterling Guy"