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

Monday, August 16, 2010

New Way Engine - Identification?

Determining your New Way Model!
Obviously most New Way Motors out there waiting to be restored aren't in pristine condition. At times they aren't readily identified and require hours of enjoyable but painstaking devotion to detail to bring them back to their former glory. Knowledge is priceless in this process.

New Way Motor identification
  • The New Way Motor Company generally used two letters to define the model and type of air cooled motor (eg AC).
  • The Model letter defines Hp rating within a Type (generally dictated by cylinder design) in any series of motors. ( eg. both vertical and horizontal models may be a Type C) An AC is one of the 3.5 Hp. Vertical models.
  • Many New Way motors have a brass ID plate on the crankcase. The plate should show Model / Type / Hp / Serial No. along with patent and advertising detail.
  • In the event the brass ID plate is missing or severely mutilated - the number and orientation of cylinders, number and size of flywheels are key guides you can use for full identification.
  • New Way Jewel motors having no ID plate can be identified by the cylinder part number located on the top side of the cylinder at the crank end. The letters are indicative of the Model / Type and therefore the Hp rating.
  • Knowing original use may help indictate Model / Type eg Marine.
  • Carburettor location (if original) on Vertical cylinder motors  is also indicative model / type.
  • Does your motor have a hinged crankcase?
  • Is it a Hit Miss model? For hit miss New Ways the Exhaust valve was held open by a lever activated by govenor weights usually mounted in the flywheel. This caused the motor to miss power cycles till it slowed below govenor speed.
NOTE: I have posted a New Way Engine table (click for it's page) defining much of the basic engine identification  information. It'll be incomplete but I trust with feedback from other collectors I can expand it to ultimately become a fully comprehensive table for owners to reference for all New Ways.

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