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

NEW WAY- Info Photo Gallery

The New Way  Motor company was certainly progressive in the stationary engine and related fields and obviously endeavoured to sell the best.
The following images and text, in the context of an image is worth a thousand words will seek to identify quality, model progression and development. Particular models changed with time, this gallery is designed to highlight this and aid the restorer in authenticity goals.Images to help in this would certainly be appreciated.
NOTE:- Click Images for enlarged Views

  • Spark Plugs were included in the New Way  Motor Company's line of quality parts. Electricals supplied even extended to Buzz Coil Ignition boxes which were a work of art in their quality woodworking and decorative New Way  Company Logo treatment.
  • Buzz Coils were part of the New Way  livery of original electrical equipment. It is obvious looking at the Buzz Coil and its accessories that it is a piece of quality equipment. Brass Terminals and fittings are used promoting longevity. The actual timber box is a fine piece of craftsmanship as is the New Way  brass plate badging. This piece shows it has stood the test of time in it's original condition.
  • M Series Engines had their Model/Type painted on the engine shroud. This photo identifies size, style and location of the printing to aid you in the quest for authenticity in your New Way  Motor restoration. Click to enlarge and you can just see the outline of The New Way  at the top of the right hand photo. Obviously these photos are provided not for their quality but for the original information they provide. You should be able to scale draw to achieve good representation.

  • Cylinder Mounted Fan - Earlier hit and mis engines were fitted a flywheel with a semicircular groove which drove the fan via a round leather belt staple joined at the ends which allowed join flexibility as it passed round the small fan pully. The fan pully itself had a round base to accept the drive belt. Later engines generally used a flat drive belt with a flat faced  flywheel. Naturally the fan drive pully also had a wide flat drive base. Shortage of correct pulleys etc may have resulted in flat based fan pully fitment and visa versa. Inconsistent? Expect the Flywheel to be true.

  • Muffler - Lowest Hp Horizontal - The New Way  Little Giant [1Hp] (possibly some lower Hp Jewels) was fitted with a split sectioned muffler. Note also the "light metal" external fuel tank seen in the lower right hand corner. This was specific to the 1Hp Little Giant, as other New Way hit and miss engines had an internal fuel tank incorporated within the motor base / crankcase.

  • Muffler - Low Hp Horizontal - Low Hp Jewels were fitted with what could be regarded as a small version of the standard New Way muffler design (from the front circular - from the side oval). This so called Standard New Way Muffler Design was cast of three parts held together by two bolts.The rear section had only one hole to recieve the motor exhaust. The centre circular disc (baffle) is perforated with many holes and clamped in place by the front and back sections. The front is vented to the outside with many holes usually in triangulated patterns with the number generally dependent on the exhaust volume handled by the muffler. The hit and miss New Way  has a well designed and virtually unrestricted exhaust and this combined with their large valves gave every opportunity for efficiency.  

  • Muffler - Mid Range Exhaust Volume (eg, 2.5 & 3.5 Hp VerticalsType"C" ) These generally had 18 holes in the front section [Apx 10inch Diameter]. Some Twin Cylinder Horizontal New Way  with dual exhausts were fitted with mufflers each carrying about 27 holes. 

  • Muffler - Higher Exhaust Volumes - Some of the larger cylinder Hit and Miss New Way  motors were fitted with mufflers of approximately the same diameter as the 18 hole mufflers but they carried many more holes in the front. This muffler fits a 4.5 Hp vertical Type "C" and carries about 64 exhaust holes. The muffler again upholdes the virtual trademark design of the so called Standard New Way  Muffler.

  • Muffler - Models BH, CH, FH [3-5 Hp]  Wineglass style mufflers were fitted to the later model motors with the Flywheel mounted fan (post apx 1917). The motors were throttle governed and the small mufflers (apx. 4 inch Diameter) represented quite a departure from New Way's   earlier trademark design fitted to the majority of Hit and Miss models. (I don't know the precise muffler dimensions so if you have an original and can supply me the measurements or an actual photo please Email so I can update this entry with more accurate information for restorers.)

  • Wineglass Muffler - Now here is the real thing from a slightly different perspective. If you look closely you will see there 2 concentric circles of holes. Click the image for the expanded view to get a better idea. (thanks Neil for your help!)

  • CYLINDER CASTINGS  - Complexity likely gave way to simplicity in New way Motor production as illustrated by this collage. The left half shows a 2½ Hp Type C with the cylinder and the top half of the crank case cast as one unit. A similar motor on the right shows the flange generally used to join the separate cylinder and upper crank case castings. Obviously this simplified the New Way casting process.

  • FLYWHEEL ADVERTISING LOGO - The New Way Motor Company used "Goes and Goes Right " advertising logo on their flywheels in pictures/ drawings of their motors. In fact their flywheels were actually cast with the lettering as per the photo here. Note the flat fan belt unlike the round belt and grooved flywheel found on the early New Way motors. (compare with 4th item photo)

  • PARALLEL FINNED CYLINDERS - This photo shows the parallel fins utilised by New Way on the "Top end" of the cylinder casting on several different models. To see which models used this style refer to the Identification Table page

  • RADIAL FINNED CYLINDER ENDS - This photo shows the radial fins style of casting utilised by New Way on the "Top end" of the cylinder casting on several different models. To see which models used this style refer to the Identification Table page. The photo also shows the "automatic' intake valve. Tension on the spring shown is adjusted for correct timing of the intake valve to allow correct mixture volume into the cylinder.  Power or backfiring problems could be indicative of spring tension issues.  The fuel intake pipe enters the cylinder on the top left. The press fit intake pipe on this motor appears to have worked loose (see brown section of pipe on LHS). The high lift intake pipe on these early New Way engines had a press fit connection on each end. Leakage at either end will lead to a weak mixture and possible missfiring.                                  [Backfire - explosion back through the intake---Missfire - noisy explosion out through the Exhaust]

  • CYLINDER PARALLEL FINNED THROUGHOUT - Some New Ways had cylinders cast with cooling finns that were parallel the full extent of the cooling fins. Refer to the specifications sheet for applicable motors. This style of casting was used on both vertical and horizontal models

  • HINGED CRANKCASE VERTICAL MOTORS - Very early on New Way introduced the crankcase hinge. It was used on most type "C" and series "F" motors and became a virtual trademark inovation to assist in maintenance enabling quick opening of the motor for servicing. Note the Hit Miss governor weights just visible between the flywheel spokes. {black} Introduction of the series "M" in the mid teens did away with the hinge by having a 1 piece crankcase.

  • FUEL TO BURN - New Way motors were generally advertised a multitude of fuels including kerosene. This is an example of a series "M" engine fitted with a wineglass muffler and designed specifically to run on kerosene. The rule, start on gasoline run on kero. Exhaust gas heats the carburetor to assist in burning of kero. Early model New Ways  weren't always specially fitted, if burning kero they merely could use two tanks (gasoline / kero) that were switched to kero once the motor was warmed up. Note the twin fuel lines to allow return of excess fuel to the tank.

  • NEW WAY FAN BELTS - Early Model New Way's were fitted with a long round (leather?) belt driven from a circular groove in the large flywheel over a small diameter pully on the fan shaft. The ends of the belt were simply stapled together [see photos] with a thick wire staple (apx. 3/32" dia.) curved like a "C" hook where it passed through the belt. The long edge of the staple was on the outer circumfrence of the belt. This would have reduced stress and allowed the belt to bend readily when the ends passed over the fan pully. The belt is just under ⅜" in diameter and the staple has just over ⅝" exposed on the long side.
  • CRANK HANDLES (eg. TYPE "C") - New Way used an open crank handle which probably reduced risk to operator compared to the fully enclosed as used on many other stationary engines. This is not to say you shouldn't be prepared to protect limb or teeth in the case of backfire etc.- beware. I expect this is a casting though I am not totally sure. This handle has a thin steel tube on the hand grip spindle but I believe from another motor they were originally fitted with about  1" diameter wooden hand grip . These a 3 views of the one crank handle to assist in remake. The length is 9 7/16 inch to centre of spindle shaft. The curved end is a snug fit on the crank shaft.

Note the casting even has the part number pertinent to the model of the engine and in the case of this last crank it uses a solid metal handle.
NC172 fits a 1.5Hp Jewel.

  • NEW WAY OILERS - New Way Motor Company had their own branded oilers. There were variants of these with their insignia stamped on the brass top of the oiler. The photos depict a stamping around the perimeter and a more professional looking block stamping, both carrying the same key words.

  • MODEL CH TIMING - The Flywheel is marked. The marks read FIRE for timing the magneto, EX/OP (exhaust valve open) and EX/CL (exhaust valve closed). Refer photo for example of markings.

  • NEW WAY POCKET MIRRORS -  These were produced in various styles some with Pin-Backs. Dimentioned at 2⅛ inch (54mm) diameter in this case. These were a beautiful promotional product catering to practicality and excellence. (vanity?) 

  • NEW WAY AMMETER - For the owner conscious of the cost of replacement ignition batteries NEW WAY MOTOR COMPANY supplied an ammeter to check battery cells. This ammeter was 2¼ inch (56mm) in diameter. The face plate reads "NEW WAY" New Way Motor Company  Lansing, Michigan USA

  • NEW WAY JUMP SPARK MAGNETO [Dynamo - rebadged Wizard?]- These were used to supply DC to the Buzz coil to supply spark for New Way Engines. Buyers of early New Way Engines had 3 cost related ignition options using Battery Cells and Buzz Coil or Cells/Dynamo combination with a Buzz coil or just a HT Magneto {generally Bosch}
  • NEW WAY PISTON - An example of a New Way grooved piston showing part number, typical ring placement and wide rings with angled joins. In this case the rings are ¼ inch wide. The casting number seen on the piston top while not real clear as NC-21, it means it is out of a Jewel Model N Type C. Clearly identified too with N.W.
  • NEW WAY - Looking down the Bore (of a mighty 44?). It could be said "No head" you have to have "lip" and maybe vica versa. In New Way's case that is true too, in fact it is a big trap for anyone used to working with an engine that fits a head. You never push that piston right in with the rings fitted. That lip will likely get you every time. The lip (rim or ledge) at the top of the cylinder comes about because of the valve porting and will catch your rings very nicely thank you. Look closely at the photo. Put your piston in partially and attatch it to the crank. Obviously the piston hasn't been up and down in this one in a long time.
  • NEW WAY Agency Signage - Promotion from a New Way agency in a street near you??

  •  NEW WAY  "Decals" and Pin Striping - Extensive use of decorative paintwork was used on New Way engines in both the vertical and horizontal format. Check Model examples for reproduction - note flowers weren't perfect rather they were realistic with folded and missing petals.
      •  Model E Type C -4.5Hp. 

      • Horizontal Jewel (Series J)
        • To be added soon

Click COMMENT if you have any feedback, questions or if you have any photos you can help with please send me an email to . CHEERS Geo.

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