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, March 13, 2017

NEW WAY ENGINES featured at Mt Barker Rally South Australia

Mt Barker Machinery Restoration Club were the hosts of a great rally on both days of the first weekend of March in what they call "Power of the Past Rally".

Featured products included Howard Rotary Hoes, Ford Trucks, Volvo Cars and New Way Engines to name some key players. This of course was in addition to a massive array of all sorts of machinery from times past, with vintage cars, tractors, trucks etc.

With South Australia being a grain state, world first inventor example in grain equipment were also displayed. I was staggered at the complexity of early predominantly wooden construction grain processing machines.
The South Australian Police even had their Highway Patrol Cars represented with a fine example from the 50s.

Stationary Engines represented were from fractions of a Hp up to over 150Hp where the single flywheel alone weighed 4 tons.


New Way Engines being the feature engine were well represented with in the order of 15 engines displayed by the various Machinery Restoration Clubs from towns and cities of South Australia (apx 8) and private individuals.
Displayed and in many cases working were:

  • Jewel Model NC - 1.5 Hp - Horizontal Engines
  • Jewel Model FC - 3 Hp. - Horizontal Engine
  • Model AC - 3.5 Hp - Vertical Engines 
  • Model EC - 4.5 Hp - Vertical Engines
  • M Series Model SC - 1.5 Hp - Vertical Engine
  • F Series Model CF - 4.5 Hp - Vertical Engine
  • Model CH - 5Hp - Vertical Engine
  • Model D Type D - 6 Hp - Vertical Engine
    • Big Boy of the New Ways displayed - My favorite. It ran without missing a beat all weekend. It is a great example of a New Way in all it's finery. 
    • I watched the owner start it a couple of times on buzz coil. What a pleasure after seeing other brand engine owners start their big engines. A simple rock back against compression, it fires, you let go and it is away running. 
    • The engine was kitted out in it's original gear that included a switchable chain drive Bosch DA2 Magneto kit and the original valve lifter setup with apx 1½"fiber block housing battery save points for when Buzz coil is in operation. Both works of art in their own right. (click underline to view)

In closing, a really excellent rally and a credit to the Mt Barker organisers. It is on once more next year, again in the first weekend of March 2018.

On our way home from the rally we called in on the Pinnaroo Museum at the Mallee Heritage Centre near the South Australian / Victorian border. What a surprise it turned out to be, with hundreds of vintage stationary engines and tractors on display including two New Way Engines -  Jewel Model FC 2.5 Hp horizontal and a 4.5 Hp Model EC vertical.
In addition there is a very large museum display of various vintage commercial  presses / printing machines. I think it is claimed to be one of the largest vintage printing press machine displays in the southern hemisphere. Well worth the visit if that is your thing.
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