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

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

NEW WAY - Periodic Maintenance

Regular Basic  Maintenance
  • Ensure lubrication points and oil levels are operationally correct. [include oil misting check at oil line "T" plug at the fan shaft connection point once motor is started - oil line valve sticks]{eg. Type "C" motors}
  • Ensure motor cylinder casting is clean and not covered in oil thereby inhibiting air cooling.
  • Ensuring the cooling fins and ribs aren't partially choked (eg sawdust, straw etc) causing overheating.
  • Motor is tight on its bed or carriage.
  • Dry Cell Battery ignition systems are prone to failure as cells and coil contacts have a limited life. Use meter to check cell condition - replace as necessary. (suspect a cell if the motor will start and soon stops and can be restarted after standing for some time. ie it has signs of a weak fading spark)
Periodic Basic Maintenance
  • New Way recommended that the combustion chambers of their early motors be cleaned at very regular intervals [eg 6 monthly] because of a build-up of gum and carbon deposits. Rings were also included in this regimen. {carbon deposits by glowing can cause preignition}
  • Hinged crankcases on many models facilitated easy access to undertake this servicing.
  • Change oil.
New Way operated in a day where fuels were of variable standard and carried impurities that necessitated this recommendation for regular cleaning. With modern day fuels it is expected that this close periodic regimen is not required and would no longer be recommended by New Way as the cause lay not with the motors so much as with impure fuels.
NOTE, even today, a motor running rich will still build carbon deposits that can cause preignition - Not primarily through impure fuel but through incomplete combustion. In restoration, failure to clean old deposits etc. from the combustion chamber can also result in preignition - be thorough.

Trouble with preignition, [motor will try to run even when you disconnect the spark plug] then inspect and clean the combustion chamber. (look for deposits or sharp casting points etc that could glow when the motor gets hot - it could simply be a deposit on the plug)
  • Quick Remedy ? - Impure fuels would be prone to produce deposits just as they would generate rectification processes that might save dismantling a motor. A remedy of the day was to pour a dose of kerosene or Turpentine into the spark plug hole. [I don't know how much but take it that it would need to be done soon after the problem arose and left there long enough to soften the deposit so that once the motor was started the deposit (wafer?) causing preignition would be expelled]

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