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

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Finding your New Way Engine Serial Number and AGE

New Way Engines did not always have an ID plate that readily identified a particular engine's SERIAL No., MODEL or TYPE. The following should allow you to locate the Serial No. for your particular engine.
  • New Way Type D Vertical - Brass I.D. plate on crankcase on the carburettor side with serial number stamping.
  • New Way Type C Vertical - Brass I.D. plate on crankcase on the carburettor side with serial number stamping.
  • New Way Series J Horizontal (Jewel) - No I.D Plate. A Serial No. stamping is located on a ground flat on the top side of the cylinder flange where it bolts to the Crank housing.
  • New Way Series M Vertical - No I.D Plate. The Serial No. stamping is similar to the Jewel, located on the cylinder flange where it bolts to the Crank housing.
  • New Way Series S Twin horizontal - Brass I.D. plate on crankcase cover moulding facing upwards practically in the centre of the motor has the serial number stamping.
  • New Way Series S Standard horizontal  - Brass ID plate is mounted on the top of the crankcase cover between the flywheels.
  • New Way Series F Vertical - Brass I.D. plate on crankcase on the carburettor side should show a serial number stamping.
AGE:- New Way Motor Company doesn't appear to have a straight foward method of alloctating serial numbers. Consequently use of serial number alone is not a means of determining age.
  • A particular model motor with a serial number and a dated sales invoice provides a dating reference that others can use to date their motors of the same model.
  • Like cars today, New Way introduced changes within models that give pointed guidance to age. eg use of flat or round fan belts. Knowing dates of changes allows some reasonable age determinations.
  • Use of patent dates provides a very rough guide to age at best
  • Knowing when a Series / Model was introduced allows you to determine its earliest possible date.
Can you help your fellow New Way Enthusiasts?
If you have a motor with an invoice date, Please contact me via my email as these definite datings can be used to reference other enthusiasts motors to give a close to accurate age. I am in the process of building a reference table to accomodate this data.
My email  is
I will need the following to provide meaningfull data for others to use:
  • Model and Type
  • Serial Number
  • Invoice Date

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