New Way Stationary Engines

Aim - To serve and support the New Way Stationary Engine restoration community.
There was a New Way Stationary Motor inclined to Hit and Miss. It was designed that way but intermittently it would missfire and this in the confines of the beekeepers shed fired my imagination, grabbing my senses. I just loved the sound of the New Way 3.5Hp working - likely fuelled by a too rich mixture.
With each missfire came the tell tale puff of blue smoke and via the old sawbench, the beekeeping manufacturing business was underway, alive and well. Alf was in his element. Romance, nah, hard work but Hoots the New Way went a long way in firing the imagination of times past running in the present. The present, after all, that's where life is, it's not in the past, but romancing the past, that's the present if you're living it.
The priveledge of life. Present and past is now!!! - alive.

Ye Olde Sawbench & New Way Motor kept company by Howard Rotary Hoes

Sunday, February 14, 2016


Dynamos (with passion?)
Now, there is a word Dynamo! That may surely come to mind when thinking of the characters that formed the bones of the New Way Motor Company with it's persistent enterprise and innovation. They surely were at the cutting edge or engineering power for small industry and the farmer in the early 1900s.
We have recently procured some very interesting documentation to feed the New Way Enthusiast's thirst for knowledge about the company that manufactured their New Way Engine. A couple of these are displayed below.

There are about 5 more documents to come.

Who were they? There were really only two that seemed to fire the imagination, innovation and enterprise of the "NEW WAY MOTOR COMPANY", though if you investigate further there were many inventors that the New Way Motor Company credited in their early patents. Dozens of patents that paved the way, on a road of innovation and enterprise even if hampered and hindered by WWI and the Great Depression.

It is evidence of the fact that credit where credit was due was a matter of principle.

  • William (Bill). H. Newbrough
    • Left school at 17 to work in a hardware store.
    • At 26 he joiner the Clarke Automobile Company in 1903
    • In January 1905 he was instrumental in the establishment of the New Way Motor Company as both President and General Manager.
    • Severed connections with the New Way Motor Company in 1929.
    • Died in a car accident in 1938.
  • Charles Harvey Way
    • Died a "Victim of Death" as the obituary states
    • One or the incorporators of New Way Motor Company
    • Inventor of the New Way air cooled engine.
      • First commercially produced air cooled engine in world.
Birth of a Company Name
  • Take two characters and put them together. From Newbrough you have "New" and no inventiveness is required for the "Way" component.
Owing to the time and generosity of “Forest Parke Library and Archives, Capital Area District Libraries, Lansing, Michigan, USA” we have obituaries on the lives of both of these very influential men from the "New Way Motor Company. Should you wish to obtain direct copies they may be procured from the Lansing Library through the following address.

The copies below have been cleaned up considerably for ease of read and display. They will in the near future put together and available for download from the "New Way Station" library properly formatted and bordered for a display folder. 

Visionaries - Yes.
Enjoy the read!!!

George (the Aussie)

Thursday, April 2, 2015

LIBRARY - New Way Engine and Machine Company

New Way Resurrection:
Hard times and Circumstance often propel events with little sanity or control and often leading to an apparent ordained outcome.
It's Easter, the time of the year where we celebrate it's happening in the life of Jesus Christ where those involved with and who deeply loved Jesus were powerless to stop his Crucifixion and were staggered at his resurrection. Jesus proclaimed a "New Way" and in just 30 years established a way of life that endures today.

New Way Engine and Machine Company:
Resurrected from the "New Way Motor Company" it continued to produce it's engines to the virtual end of the 1930 decade. Engines that again were of high standard and continuing to operate today.

The New Way Motor Company was incorporated on January 1, 1905 and had a virtual meteoric rise as it expanded in the early 1900s. Engines were at times sent in train wagon loads - glory days for sure. It was faced with and responded to the rapid advancements in industry and farming with inovation and well directed promotional material and dealer network. Sales expanded both nationally and internationally to the likes of Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Egypt.

Management changes and the turmoil of WW1 and the ensuing developing of the "Great Depression" brought terminal challenges to the company. On April 24 1930 the company was decreed dissolved and a permanent receiver appointed.
Reference - Supreme Court of Michigan Documents

New Life Challenges:
What then ensued was protracted legal challenge and argument over values and desire of majority major creditors to reform the company. The result -  New Way Engine and Machine Company.

We have recently added a collection of documents to the library all produced by the New Way Engine and Machine Company.
These cover the following Series "A" engines:

  • CH - 6 Hp     - Single Cyl Vertical
  • BH - 3 Hp     - Single Cyl Vertical
  • FH - 5 Hp     - Single Cyl Vertical
  • EH - 8 Hp     - Twin  Cyl Vertical
  • GH - 10 Hp   - Twin  Cyl Vertical
The CHA was in production continuously from 1919 and was developed and improved by the New Way Motor Company over the years to 1930. 
Production commenced as a 5 Hp engine and with advancement and development becomes a 6 Hp power plant.

Have a look, they are great documents and excellent quality. 

Life out of Easter

Monday, November 17, 2014

French Connection - Working the streets of paris

Got a New Way

Great Photo's From Paris

Great old notated photo's from C1915 at 79, boulevard de Magenta, 10e arrondissement Paris are now ready for download.

The Photos taken not far from the centre of Paris show a New Way horizontal doing it's bit (ramming) before the relaying of the cobble stones. These are great photos courtesy of  the library of France  Bibliothèque nationale de France.

These A4 sized photos have been provided on Newwaystation for personal use only (NO COMMERCIAL USE). If you want a direct copy of the originals without notation, these can be purchased from their Reproduction Department. Enquiries re any commercial use contact email to:

We believe the engine in the photos is probably a 3.5 Hp Horizontal Series "J" New Way.
To see these great photos, have a look in the library. It is the second last in the Compilation grouping called "French Connection"

Enjoy George

Sunday, October 26, 2014

New Way Motor Company Documents

HELLO There!!

Here at "New Way Station" and Library we are always on the lookout for new facts and figures on the New Way Motor Company, factory, dealers and agents. There of course were spread around the globe.

Information is fairly widespread but often hard to find and even more so in good condition. Some documents are now over 100 years old and we find they may have been the target of one or more of the following:-

  • Mice
    • These love eating the edges and making heart shaped holes on the folds
  • Cockroaches - messy critters that don't know about the toilet
  • Flies with dirty feet
  • Rats
  • Mold or Mildew
  • Water, coffee, tea etc spills
  • Mechanics black greasy hands
  • Age - brittle and easily torn pages
  BUT - it need not be the end of the line for these documents. It is amazing what can be done to extract the information, copy and again show the document restored with the messy bits all cleaned up.


Before and Afters :- Some New Way engines used Holley Carbs.

So if you have a good document or a tatty, dirty, moth eaten one covered in grease smears and want to see it available in the "New Way Library" all you need do is get it scanned at 300 dpi to file and send it to us ( ) to clean up and with watermark put it in the library. (we will even send you a non watermarked copy for your own)

So don't hesitate - Let it circulate !!

This 16 page document, soon to be in the library came all the way from Florida - Thanks

We also have a Rare Very large "New Way" poster coming Double Sided 2ft x 1ft 6in [460 x 610 mm] that we have had printed outside because of practicality in sheer size and will make available at nominal cost - it's a beauty.


Friday, October 10, 2014

Booleroo Rally Australia - "New Way" Feature

Booleroo Steam and Traction Preservation Society Annual Rally

The Booleroo Steam and Traction Preservation Society Annual rally is fast approaching and is a great date claimer for Australian and New Zealand, New Way enthusiasts. 

New Way Motor Company equipment will be a special focus at the March 2015 rally. The invitation is out to make it the biggest and best gathering of  New Way Engines that has ever occurred anywhere from the many enthusiastic New Way Owners in ANZ. You can view the  Video Invite just a small preview of things to come.

See Andrew's letter below detailing the program, venue and facilities to be availed of, so you can attend. It should be a great rally and a great opportunity to be a tourist in South Australia.
Got a motor to rally, then go to it and give him a call.

Dear fellow New Way enthusiasts,
  On 29th March 2015 the Booleroo Steam and Traction Preservation Society will be holding their Annual Rally. This is a reminder of the event, giving details to do with the New Way feature we will be holding. Anybody is welcome to bring and run their New Way engines at the Rally, but they must have their own NHMA insurance or similar.
Camp sites are available for entrants, although basic there is shower facilities etc. If you want something more comfortable let me know and I will see what I can arrange, (not much accommodation is available as there is not a large town nearby). Power is available for caravans etc. We have ample shedding and swags in the sheds is another option. I can look something up for you with the local pubs etc, or arrange a member to give you a bed.

There is an airstrip next door if anyone wants to fly in, although it is not a commercial airstrip. Privately owned planes are ok.
A forklift is available for unloading etc, and a loading ramp is on the grounds.
The Rally starts at 10am Sunday, although we have a small swap meet at 8am. Members are around for about a week before the event if you want to set up the day before, or earlier.

The Society owns around 60 tractors, 60 Stationary engines including 3 New Ways, a dozen or so steam and traction engines and other items. Some tractors and engines are very rare. (Peterboro Lloyd and Glasgow tractors. Metters Illman Jelbart and multiple Bagshaw engines. A Fowler  traction engine with factory oil engine. 115 hp Blackstone, 375 hp Mirrilees, 125 hp Benz.)

As far as the New Way exhibit side of the rally goes, we have a dozen or more engines already as starters, including a 4 ½ hp  type f throttle governed, an Australian produced 4 ½ hp type c, a 6 hp type c, and multiple 4 ½ type c’s, a 3 ½ type c, multiple 1 ½ jewels etc.  Most of these belong to local members. 

We want to open this right up so Your exhibit would be very welcome.

Booleroo Centre is around 270 km North West of Adelaide. [AREA MAP]

Phone or Email me, Andrew, for more details or expressions of interest.
Andrew. 08 86332777

Friday, September 19, 2014


Men and Their Machines
We have just registered a New-Way powered Double Horse drawn John Deere-Hoover potato digger.
It is a wonderful looking machine in excellent original condition.

The John Deere - Hoover Potato Digger

  1. Complete machine in superb condition
  2. John Deere Signage is still clear
  3. Double Horse Drawn outfit
    1. Wooden and metal pole Horse to digger intact
    2. Swindle bars etc with ring / hook combination
    3. Signage on timber work still evident
    4. Operator seating for comfort and operational ease
  4. Shakers and Cleaners driven by New Way Engine
    1. Chain and sprocket drive
    2. 8 Hp. Twin Cylinder vertical Motor
    3. Flywheel Fan Air Cooled
    4. Engine Series "A" Model "E" Type "H" (AEH)
    5. Throttle Governed, updraft Carburetor
    6. Standard Drive Magneto Ignition
This an excellent example of farm equipment and is testimony to the long running alliance between the New Way Motor Company and various specialist equipment manufacturers requiring light and efficient engines.

There are some great photos so View it in the registry It's the third engine from the bottom.


Monday, September 8, 2014

Holley Throttle Governed New Way Engines

New Way Motor Company used specialist carburetor manufacturers for many of their throttle governed engines. Different Carburetor models were supplied to suit the engine HP sizes supplied by both Tillotson and Holley.

Library Addition:
Enthusiast generosity allows us to make available a very early Holley Brochure on the Model "K" brass carburetor of similar type and format used on New Way engines. [eg Series F and Series "C"]

Library Growth - With enthusiastic support, searching and research the library is really growing with a diverse range of documents now available for many New Way Engine Models and Series engines.[75 in Total ] If you've got a document you can help us with, then please scan it and send to

Here is the latest and yes it is a great addition for New - Way Owners.

HOLLEY Model "K" Brochure Content

  • Illustrated Cover showing excellent detail of the brass carburetor
  • Holley company introduction
  • Holley Carburetor guarantee
  • Detailed illustrated description of construction and operation
      • The centre fold pages are illustrated with indexed items in the description to enable easy identification of parts and functional understanding.
      • This Holley brochure gives good understanding of the workings of the little brass Holley carburetors with detail in both starting and normal operation.
  • Carburetor dimensions in illustrated diagram form
  • Rear cover illustrates factory facilities and machine shop.
Be Informed - Enjoy the read
It is at the end of the brochure list in the LIBRARY. [CLICK]

Friday, September 5, 2014

New Ways - Un-registered or Extinct

Hello from Down Under where we are just leaving behind a beautiful Winter.
The registry is slowly climbing in numbers with 260 registered worldwide.

New and Unusual fairly Recent Additions - one only of each 

  1. Australian New Way - Manufacturer Horwoods of SA - (see previous articles)
  2. Series "F" Model "C" Type "F" - a 4.5 Hp engine
    • Not the standard version Series "F" - a very early release
    • Radial top fins in lieu of parallel top fins
    • 1 piece cylinder and hinged crankcase like the 1907 release 2.5 Hp Type "C" vertical in leiu of the standard model that has a separate cylinder and crankcase
    • Different Oil filler design etc etc
    • It is in the registry with the series "F" group SN "C3070"
  3. Series "A" Model "C" Type "H" - a 6.0 Hp engine
    • The 6Hp is still identified as a CH like the 5 Hp of this series
This means that two engines have been taken off the possibly extinct list from last year. The list is down to about 6 as shown here.

Don't forget if you have any documents you think we could put in the library we would love to hear from you.We just need you to scan the originals and email or post them to us. We will then make them available in the library.


Sunday, July 27, 2014

"NEW WAY Motor Company" Mutual Benefit Association

With over 70 documents in the New Way Library we have just added an informative and enterprising social document of the "New-Way" Motor Company of Lansing Michigan.

The 1913 Constitution expressly provided benefits for all workers of the New Way Motor Company as seen here. [Who wouldn't work for the progressive New Way Motor Company?]

  • Membership compulsory for all "New Way Motor Company employees for minimal contribution.
  • PRINCIPLE - To practice "charity" and brotherly consideration which tends to more closely bind the fraternal union between man and man.
  • OBJECT - The object of this association shall be to create a fund for the aid and relief of its members in case of disabling sickness.
  • Insurance was provided
  • Flowers sent to sick members.
  • Death benefits
  • One of the "orders of business" at regular meetings was:- Does any Member know of any sick member or any members family in want or distress.
Have a look in the library. Here is THE CONSTITUTION LINK.It's the last one in the table. The photo here shows a downloaded book stapled and bound.

If you want to help us and other enthusiasts with a document, we would love to hear from you. See if yours is listed in the library, and if not - over to you.
For example we are still looking for the instruction of the early 6/7 Hp Horizontal Twins. If you have an original you only need copy it and send it to us. We clean it up and add it to the library for all enthusiasts benefit.

Enjoy your read - smell the Flowers.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Australian New Way Engine Models

New Way Motor Company of Lansing Michigan was an innovative company that had a vision and desire to produce a light weight engine that was fairly portable and readily used in industry and on the farm. Theirs was the honour of being first to commercially produce Air Cooled Engines. Today the production of Air Cooled engines is based on many of the ideas and principles utilised and invented and in some cases patented by the New Way Motor Company.

New Way commenced production in 1905 after sale of patents and equipment of the Clarkemobile Motor Company. The New-Way Motor Company commenced production in a building that was barely 100 foot long and their commercial production in the first year to 18 months consisted of Vertical 3.5 Hp. and 6-7 Hp. Horizontal engines. They commenced exporting almost immediately and Australia was a ready market for their innovative, efficient yet simple engines.

From 1906  J. H. Horwood Ltd were already importing New-Way engines and by 1922 nearly 1500 were in use in South Australia, their home State. NEW-WAY Motor Company Agents were established in virtually every state of Australia in the early 1900s. (source TROVE)

Examples of key New-Way Motor Company  Agents
  • South Australia -J. H. Horwood - Largest Aust. Agri. Machine Manufacturer - Foundry (1906)
  • Western Australia - Messrs. Harris, Scarfe and Co.  (1910), W. R. Grigo and Co. (1918)
  • Queensland - W. A. Preston, Machinery Merchants, inventors (1910)
  • New South Wales - Moffatt Virtue Pty Ltd, Machinery Merchants, Sydney (1912
  • Victoria - James Alston, Melbourne (1914)
  • Tasmania -Dehle, Bennison, and Co. , Launceston (1908)

Horwood's Iron Foundry (Est by 1852) as the first foundry in the Colony was crucial for Horwoods becoming the largest Agricultural Equipment manufacturers in Australia and probably the Southern Hemisphere. By 1918-19 well established production facilities would enable ready adaption to easily produce a range of New-Way Engines.

TIMELINES (Aust and U.S.)


  • 1906 - HORWOODS established as New-Way Motor Company agents
      • HORWOODS sells 1000s of New-Way Engines in South Australia establishing the brand's reliability.
  • 1919 - Production established for a range of engines.
      • Ready availability of Local Parts for range.
      • Petrol engines only produced locally
      • Local Agencies established for local New Way Engines.
  • 1919 - Range of Petrol New-Way Engines produced locally
      • 1.5 Hp. Pump Engine
      • 2 Hp. Engine [exp. Horizontal]
      • 2.5 Hp. Engine [exp. Vertical]
      • 3 Hp. Engine [exp. Horizontal] 
      • 3.5 Hp. Engine [exp. Vertical]
      • 4.5Hp. Engine Vertical - This was the most popular engine sold by Horwoods
      • 6 Hp. Engine [exp. Vertical]
      • 6.5 Hp. Horizontal
  • 1921 - Horwoods manufacture only the 4.5Hp. engine.
      • Most popular in range - 4.5 Hp Vertical
      • Ceased production of all other engines
  • 1906 - 1921 - Horwoods import current Lansing New-Way Engines
New Way Lansing Michigan
  • 1905 - 1910 - Manufactured Series S engines
      • Vertical 2.5 and 3.5 Hp.
      • Horizontal Twin 6-7 Hp.
      • Horizontal 7 Hp.
  • 1910 - c 1917 - Manufactured Series S engines
      • Horizontal 7 Hp.
      • Horizontal 8 Hp. and 12 Hp. (Hit n Miss)
      • Vertical 6 Hp
      • Horizontal 6.5 Hp.
  • 1912 - c 1917 - Manufactured Series "J" Horizontal engines (Jewel), Series "M" fuel / kero and Series "F" fuel / kero
  • By release of 1918 Catalogs
      • Specialised and upgraded production with Kerosene and non-hinged engines of small range of Hp.
      • Series "M" kero range not petrol
      • Series " F" 4Hp Kero and 4, 4½, 6, 7½ Hp. Petrol.
  • So by 1919 New Way was specialising only in Series "F" for petroleum.
By 1919 New Way Motor company had ceased production of the Series "S" and "J" engines. Manufacturing concentrated on series "M" and "F" engines - compact and lighter. 

      • Series "M" was a step into specific design for kerosene engines also with an option for fuel/petrol. 
        • Horwoods specifically state they were only manufacturing Petrol engines.
          •  It is incomprehensible Horwood with their expansive manufacturing facility would only manufacture the petrol version when the only practical difference was the carburetor. 
          • This indicates they did not manufacture the Series M engines.
      • New way Motor Company had ceased production of Series "S".
        • Casting materials which were out of production and could be used by Horwoods to continue production in Australia.
          • 2.5 Hp, 3.5 Hp, 4.5 Hp, 6 Hp
      • New way Motor Company had ceased production of horizontal Series "J".
        • Casting materials which were out of production and could be used by Horwoods to continue production in Australia.
          • 1.5 Hp, 2 Hp, 3 Hp, 6.5 Hp
  • Evidence points to Horwoods continuing production in Australia of some of the Series "S" and "J" engines. 
    • Recognize that New Way Motor Company was by then producing a very limited range of HP,  and nothing below 4Hp
    • Horwoods produce a wide range of engine Hp. as per the advertised range for the local engines.
The fact that New Way America was no longer producing their wide range of engine Hp. in either the vertical or horizontal petrol engines when Horwoods were advertising ready availability of local engines and locally produced parts means their facility was producing the full range of spares in their factory and foundary production facilities.

The advertisements below are exclusive in featuring Horwoods on this day. Simply same paper same day so it removes all doubt of intent and engine range and spares availibility. Both advertisements also feature the same "Local Agent" so closing the supply loop.

Exhaustive research has now been done on New Way production in Australia. Where we recently thought there may have been another manufacturer of the Australian 1½ Hp. pump engine, we now believe this was actually produced by Horwoods as shown here. It should also be noted that by 1922 Horwoods was also only producing one New Way engine. This was the 4½ Hp., their most popular line of which they had apparently sold hundreds if not thousands. 
The 4½ Hp. New Way [Series "S", Model "E", Type "C"]  is the only model to fit the production volume criteria for a 4½ Hp.

Production of this magnitude is obviously not ramped up overnight. Given the advertising example is for JUNE 5 1919 it is clear that initial production of a fewer model range etc would have occurred much earlier. This is further reinforced by taking into account the ready availability of a full range of spares as declared in the advertisment.

Australian New Way Production Commencment - In order of c1917

That's New Way
Did it again.

Enjoy George

Monday, March 17, 2014

New Way Series M Parts Needed

New Way Kerosene engine
We have an enthusiast who needs some parts for a New Way Series M Kerosene Engine. These are the ones with the large squarish carburetor up at the top of the engine that the exhaust is fed through to heat the kerosene.
Key things needed are a Carburetor and Exhaust Valve lifter mechanism plus some minor pieces. These are hard to find parts but will enable another rare engine to be restored.

If you have any parts you can help with please send an email to me at   and let me know what you have and we can take it from there re what is needed and payment.

Hope to hear soon as

Thursday, March 13, 2014


The Parent.

The New Way Motor Company exported their motors all over the world. Being based in Lansing Michigan the were in the USA industrial hub of innovation for virtually all things mechanical. Given their claims of innovation and quality is to be expected they would have alliances with other companies of like mind. One of these were "John Deere" and in this they were involved in tractor development with the  7.5 H.p. Horizontal Single Cylinder and later the New Way Horizontal Twin Engines.

International Expansion in Production.
Production of New Way Engines also occurred in Canada and Australia. New way had it's own factory in Canada while in Australia production was limited to agents etc with their own production facilities.

Development and Sales 
While The New Way Motor Company had all the skills in their own right for the production of Stationary engines they did call upon the likes of engineers from "John Deere" to be involved in development of their tractors namely those powered by their twin Cylinder Horizontal engines. John Deer engineers spent some time at New Way Facilities in the development of their tractor.

New Way Tractors were ordered internationally from the likes of Egypt from as early as 1910. While it cannot be said for certain it is quite likely that John Deere company was involved in early development stages for attachment design etc for connection to the Egyptian Ordered New Way tractors.
To Quote - "furnishing power for a number of machines used by farmers"

John Deere did not actually produce a prototype engine driven tractor until 1916. 

Editorial statements on company development and production is found in "Gas Engines" in 1910. These are very definitive and show New Way Motor Company enthusiasm in it's Tractor Production as related to the inventors.

Egyptian Connection - Egypt has it's pyramids but, do any New Way Tractors remain in Egypt. In a dry country there is every possibility that they could have survived and to this day some may lie along the edges of the Nile discarded unused and possibly no longer appreciated.

Enjoy the New Way

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Australian New Way Air Cooled Engine Agents

Further Australian Production and Distribution Update

Australian New Way Engine Production.
By 1922 Horwoods had been producing New Way 4.5 Hp engines in volume for some time. This company was located in Adelaide, capital, of South Australia. The company was recognised as one of the largest producers of Agricultural Equipment in Australia and probably in the Southern Hemisphere with very large Manufacturing plant and Foundary facilities.

Mid 1922 the "Australian Made" New Way 4.5 Hp Engine was being advertised as far away as Sydney, capital of New South Wales. It is interesting to note that only the 4.5 Hp is advertised by the agents which complies with the Horwoods production claims of just the 4.5 Hp production at that time.

In the following extract from the Sydney Morning Herald Newspaper for the "Australian New Way" says it all.
For those of you not familiar with Australian terminology etc :-

  • "OUT BACK" is the sparsely populated inland areas of Australia, much of it desert.
  • Sydney is about 850 miles due east from Adelaide and in those times by to-days standards separated by appalling roads.
  • Armstrong - Holland were a heavy plant Manufacturer in Mascot, Sydney and built Australia's first Diesel Powered Drag line excavator of unit steel construction in 1930. That said they were obviously well suited as sole "Sydney" agents for the "Australian New Way"
  • Sydney Morning Herald - Current audience 4.8 mil.largest in Aust.

The puzzle is coming together. We have builder and agents promoted across Australia for the 4.5 h.p. vertical.
Now we need to find who made the 1.5 Australian New Way Pump Engine. The facts of this enterprise is certainly proving elusive.
Bare Facts are conclusive - a 1.5 h.p. Pump Engine built using Australian Materials and Workmanship.

We are going to add this to the previous post (click) so much of the related research detail is together.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

New Way Pump Engine Made in Australia

In a recent article (click) we were able to provide the evidence that the 4.5 h.p New Way Engine was made in Australia by J. H. Horwood of Adelaide in large numbers. J. H. Horwood were only manufacturing the one size engine - 4.5 Hp.

Pump engines in a desert continent was a means of striking at the core of the needs of the farmer and grazier. New Way Motor Company of Lansing, Michigan made their 1 hp pumper called the "Little Giant". Promotional material shows these were obviously designed with the "Rural Wife" in mind, for domestic applications around the farm house in particular.

NEW WAY 1.5 H.P. PUMP ENGINE - Made in Australia
We previously advised we were aware of this production and had hoped we could confirm which company was manufacturing them. We have been unable to confirm the manufacturer but can bring an article from 1920 that is very specific in showing credit to the extent of the manufacturing process:

  • Australian Made
  • Australian Workmanship
  • Australian Material
  • Equipment - 1.5 H.p. Farm Pump Engine. 
The following is the news paper article followed by the clear text of the same article to provide clear readability with relevant sections highlighted by New Way Station.

We are still searching to confirm the manufacturer. Given that J.H Horwood state they only manufactured the 4.5 H.p size it seems very apparent there is another manufacturer of New Way engines in Australia. WHO??  


Further Australian Production and Distribution Update 26 Feb 2014

Australian New Way Engine Production.
By 1922 Horwoods had been producing New Way 4.5 Hp engines in volume for some time. This company was located in Adelaide, capital, of South Australia. The company was recognised as one of the largest producers of Agricultural Equipment in Australia and probably in the Southern Hemisphere with very large Manufacturing plant and Foundary facilities.

Mid 1922 the Australian made New Way 4.5 Hp Engine was being advertised as far away as Sydney, capital of New South Wales. It is interesting to note that only the 4.5 Hp is advertised by the agents which complies with the Horwoods production claims of just the 4.5 Hp production at that time.

In the following extract from the Sydney Morning Herald for the "Australian New Way" says it all.
For those of you not familiar with Australian terminology etc :-

  • "OUT BACK" is the sparsely populated inland areas of Australia, much of it desert.
  • Sydney is about 850 miles due east from Adelaide and in those times by to-days standards separated by appalling roads.
  • Armstrong - Holland were a heavy plant Manufacturer in Mascot, Sydney and built Australia's first Diesel Powered Drag line excavator of unit steel construction in 1930. That said they were obviously well suited as sole "Sydney" agents for the "Australian New Way"

  The puzzle is coming together. We have builder and agents promoted across Australia for the 4.5 h.p. vertical.
Now we need to find who made the 1.5 Australian New Way Pump Engine. The facts of this enterprise is certainly proving elusive.
Bare Facts are conclusive - a 1.5 h.p. Pump Engine built using Australian Materials and Workmanship.


Sunday, December 1, 2013

New Way Registry Birthday Celebrations

Happy Birthday !!!
We are 3 year old and Growing
New Way Enthusiasts the world over, we have just had the 3rd birthday of the New Way Registry.
It has been a time of enthusiasm from enthusiasts and ourselves as we have endeavored to promote all things " New Way ".

REGISTRY GROWTH :- We now have 244 New Way Engines registered but things have slowed down in the New Registry department and we are looking for some of the big guys to do some more digging and register all their "New Ways". We know they are there and we know it takes time so here's hoping. The growth is certainly helping us in the understanding of changes in the New Way productions.

NEW WAY STATION LIBRARY :- The library is really being well supported with lots of downloads and support from enthusiasts allowing us to put copies of their original documents into the library for free use. We now have instructions available for close to the majority of New Way Models and trust this will be expanded as people realize how easily they are able to contribute to the library service.
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 Currently over 50 documents are available.

STATE LIBRARIES :- We have received wonderful support from libraries in our quest for "New Way Motor Company" Trade Catalogs and Instructions. The Smithsonian, PENN University Libraries and California UC Davis Libraries have all been very helpful in supplying material. We have recently had the South Australian Library investigating "New Way" manufacture in that state.

NEWSPAPER ARCHIVES :- Newspapers are a great source of information when researching production dates, factory locations and export corridors etc. Research can be very time consuming but also very rewarding as in the case of identifying "New Way" engine production in Australia or the export of  "New Way" tractors to Egypt.
Likewise, newspaper confirmation of the dates in the very early 1930s when New Way Motor Company was officially and legally dissolved are great finds. Examples of these are "TROVE" in Australia, Fulton, Hiathy, Chronicling America and Cornell University to name just a few.

RESEARCH DOCUMENTS :- We recently received "4" research documents from Pennsylvanian University Libraries ( PENN Libraries ). These Engineering Research Papers [THESIS] investigate performance and characteristics of New Way Engines under different circumstances. Overall Performance, Economy testing, Relative Humidity effects etc. are all covered, some in extensive detail. One of these has already been added to the library. Have a LOOK - Humidity 30 pages

As more motors are registered and knowledge increases we trust we will bring updates of our findings and research results in a timely fashion.
We are always relying on the help of others and their expertise and guidance is invaluable. Please keep up the good work and we look forward to continued support with documents etc.

Thanks Again

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

New Way Motor Company Library

We have the privilege of adding a further 3 document sets to the New Way Station Library.

  1. No. 12 - S.B. Church Brochure - this is very early, at a time when production was limited to 2.5 and 3.5 Hp. Type C the 7 Hp Horizontal Twin.
  2. A 1906 New Way Motor Company letter Set - featuring 1905 information and includes a advertising card and a small double sided advertising.
  3. S.B Church General Purpose Engine (Series F) Mailer Brochure that was originally a massive 24 x 18 in. This has been re-sized to aprox 2/3 size which is still very clear and much easier to print. It is designed to be printed double sided as was the original. It folds down to 12 sides in total.
      1. Covers - Binder Engines, Harvesters, Potato Diggers etc etc
      2. Raises factors of food waste, efficiency, delays, productivity
Go to LIBRARY PAGE (CLICK) to download any of these or others .....

This brings the number of documents available for free Download to 54. It is made possible by the generosity of Libraries and Enthusiasts. We are very appreciative.

If you have an original "New Way" document you are able to share with us so we can make it available for Free Download please don't hesitate to contact us. I am sure we can work out a means to look after your original and at the same time produce something excellent to benefit others.


Monday, October 7, 2013


The New Way Motor Company in its infancy produced excellent engines that were over-engineered. Horsepower may have been small but the engines were large. That said because they were air cooled they were still small and or light by comparison with their Water cooled counterparts.

As time progressed New Way substantially reduced the weight per horsepower ratio such that by the end of the 1920's they were prodicing a very compact and light twin cylinder vertical engine.

As an exercise we have run a chart that depicts the totals by HP of all New Way engines registered no matter what the format. (ie Vertical, Horizontal, Single or Twin.)

241 Registered

Sunday, September 8, 2013


The New Way Motor Company of Lansing Michigan, prided themselves in machine:
  • Reliability ( Goes and Goes Right )
  • Beauty
  • Light Weight - A woman could use it for washing, butter churning, pumping - (why shouldn't the modern woman have the conveniences of the mechanical age)
  • Range of sizes and configurations to suit the intended use.
Base Model Battery Ignition.
All this was achieved by their engines - BUT there was one serious flaw if you owned their early engines or the base level with battery ignition. The batteries went flat. We are not talking about secondary batteries like you have in your car and can be charged but Primary Zinc/Carbon rod Cells that couldn't be charged.

Now - By Murphy's law, things will always break down when you need them the most. This is a basic law of physics and applies equally to primary batteries and has strong scientific basis. It is a little like the "Law of Natural Selection". If your mate hits you with a club and you are strong you will probably dribble but survive and not only that, keep working, even if at a lower level (on your knees). BUT if you are weak the blow will probably finish you off, you'll cease working and everything around you stops - you're dead.

So what is the parallel here. Well with Murphy's and Natural Selection you get a cold snap and just when you wanted the old engine to start the most, it wouldn't. The primary cells were weak, the cold stresses them to the max, no current, no spark and no burbling engine. They are dead too !! Bury them.

New Way Solution - Upmarket STEP 1
  • Dynamo or DC Generator. This is a low voltage DC generator that could be used to run the Buzz coil instead of or switched to from the Primary cells on starting. They literally supply the DC instead of the batteries. 
    • New Way had their own labeled "New Way dynamos which I believe were a re-branded Wizard dynamo. [ these were sometimes called magnetos in the early days of engines but is not really the correct terminology ] 
      • Dynamo's were friction driven off the flywheel and because they are low voltage D.C. they do not require timing like the H.T. magneto.  
        • The D.C. runs the Buzz coil to produce the spark timed by internal contacts within the engine crankcase, based on the position of the crank shaft. The spark is timed just before the piston's top dead centre. (TDC)
    • In some instances start was with Cells, then switched over to run on the dynamo. This of course extended battery life considerably.
    • Two Models of Buzz coils were produced by New Way to suit either. 
      • Dry Cells 
      • Dynamos 
New Way Solution - Upmarket STEP 2. - Lifting the bar on Reliability
  • High Tension or High Voltage Magneto - timed by points within the magneto where as the old and cheaper method with a Buzz Coil used points within the motor itself for spark timing. Various model Magnetos were used depending on the year of production and the Type of Engine.
    • H.T. Magneto's (also may be called H.V.) are always direct driven  generally through gears off the crank shaft. They do not use friction drive because of slippage between the magneto drive and the flywheel. Slippage means the timing would be continually changing - totally unacceptable.
    • Some New Ways have been fitted with Chain Drive magneto's as after market. This provided a simple upgrade from Buzz coil for reliability without the need for the gear setup. It provides a fixed drive but is not as reliable as gears because of the likes of chain slap. 
    • H.T. Magnetos were fitted from various companies. (No Cells or Buzz Coil required.)
      • Bosch Magneto
      • Liberty Magneto
      • National Magneto
      • Eisemann magneto (Intergrated flywheel system - Later verticals eg 1930's twins)

Advancing Cell Reliability  
To ensure you were not inconvenienced by Mr Murphy you could purchase a Pocket Ammeter from the New Way Motor Company so that you were aware when your cells were on the way out. 

NOTE - Ammeter not a Voltmeter. Why you might ask. Can't I just check the voltage of my dry cells? Yes you could but that will not tell you the condition of your cells as, even if nearly flat, they can still show proper voltage.

Why? Because as the cell gets used it can't produce the same current even if the voltage is the same. This means it has voltage but can't supply power (no current) so the buzz coil fails, so no spark.  

Using the Ammeter - You connect the ammeter in the circuit [ not across the battery] so all the circuits power goes through the ammeter [series]. The ammeter passes current easily so it won't stop your circuit from working and you can make sure the cells can supply sufficient power. You are checking the working current is high enough. If not the Buzz coil won't work.

The New Way Ammeter

  • Packaged in a small Bergundy/Red cardboard box about 2.75 inch square x .75 inch high
  • Plated with familiar circular raised New Way trade mark on front.  
  • Instructions for use included
  • Pocket Ammeter is just over 2 inch in diameter
  • Ammeter Range 0 - 30 Amps

Secondary cells
These usually do not have the same problem of not being capable of supplying current to run a Buzz Coil unless they are very flat (low voltage) or there is an open circuit cell. This means with a secondary cell you can usually get away with measuring the voltage accross the battery terminals with a voltmeter.

We truly hope this helps you next time you have a Stationary Engine Ignition Problem whatever your engine manufacturer.

Do you have Ignition?

Sunday, August 18, 2013



Fathoms of Useless water

THE DRIEST CONTINENT - Calls for reliability in the extreme
Australia is a vast country with vast open spaces and much of it desert. In the early days of Australia's European history this called for a "She'll be right mate" when often that was based hoping for the best despite all the evidence to the contrary.

The following is an article from South Australia that in essence expresses this pioneering spirit in Australia. Imagine you are in a dry near desert area where it may not have rained in months or years and you are about to bore for water. You are miles from anywhere "Out beyond the Black Stump", can't afford a breakdown and someone is desperate for water for his stock because there is no surface water.

You head out from Adelaide, the capital, equipped with a boring rig powered by your faithful New Way Engine. And yes you strike water and yes your bore is 1010 Feet deep. Yet look at the hopes involved and dashed at the various stages in this bore and by the contractor. But "what the Heck" it is still a record. But that is "Australia all Over" so enjoy the article and think of the Pioneering Forefathers wherever you or they lived. Miles from anywhere with primitive gear and a truck load of resourcefulness is your best asset.



    Mr. S. M. Campbell, of the  firm of
Horwood  & Co.,  Adelaide,   passed
through Renmark on his way to Ade-
laide  Friday. For some   time   past,
Mr. Campbell with two   assistants
has  been  busy on  Lake  Victoria
station sinking bores in the hope of
striking a flow of fresh water. Up
to date two bores have  been put
down.  The   first  at “  Butcher s  ”
was abandoned at 300 feet, the water
showing  no less than  ten  ounces of
salt to the gallon at that depth.  An
underground salt stream had been
encountered. The second bore was
put down near Nulla, and at a
depth of 1010 feet three ounce water
was obtainined. Three ounce water
if there are no other solids but pure
salt, is always considered suitable for
sheep.  Unfortunately  the  Nulla
water  was found  to contain  soda.
      Mr. Campbell is very hopeful that
a  real  good  supply  of stock water
may yet  be  found  at  Nulla, and   is
most  anxious to jcontinue  boring oper-
ations to a greater depth.  He is of
opinion that good, stock water may
be  found. There has been  noticed an
improvement  in the Nulla bore water
since the 800 feet level was reached.
At 900 feet  three ounce water  rose
to within nine feet of the surface.
        Mr.  Campbell has had much ex-
perience in boring operations. He
has sunk for and discovered the pre-
cious metal in Western  Australia.
He has searched the dry Mallee coun-
try and not in vain, for  good stock
water. Before the Browns Well to
Paringa line was commenced  Mr.
Campbell was deputed  to find water,
if possible, along the proposed routes,
and  the  bores at Wanbi (which only
goes one quarter of an ounce) and
many other places  testify to his skill.
All Mr. Campbell's plants are driven
by  a   six  h.p. "New Way”  engine;
“They are very reliable,” says   Mr.
Campbell.  The  1010 feet at Nulla is

a record for this engine.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013


Australian New Way Engine
Word has it that New Way engines were also made in Lansing Michigan USA.
But as we all know those Yankees love a conspiracy so here is proof that they were actually made in Australia in large volumes. Were they ever made in US, it makes you wonder.

This is an excerpt from Australias newspaper archive (TROVE). The newspaper was located in Adelaide, Capital of South Australia but the article was essentially carried in 3 major city Newspapers around the time.

Chronicle (Adelaide) 24 September 1921
J. H. HORW00D and CO., LTD,

“New-Way” Engines have been offered
by this company continually for the last
15 years, and it is only of late that Messrs.
Horwood and Co., Ltd., have commenced
Manufacturing “New-Way” Engines in
Australia on a large scale. Only one size
is made at present, but with modern tools
and equipment, 4½ “New-Way” Engines
are now being produced in large quantities
at the company's up-to-date works in

It should be pointed out that Horwoods had been in Manufacturing and/or Foundry enterprise for around 80 years at that time so it is expected would easily tool up for their New Way production.

Interesting when you see it in Black and White. So now you've seen it, we know they made New Way engines in the following countries:
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Michigan USA
Everyone, Newspaper Archives are a great place to start in researching your old oily or Hit and Miss engine.