Hawthorn, Melbourne, Australia

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The "Wing" Gauge & Instrument Co.produced the 'Pilot' and 'Wing' engines in Melbourne in the 1950s. They were 4 stoke engines of 2 hp, forced draught, air cooled and were all alloy/aluminium construction. The company utilised car components (ie: pistons) as much as possible. Engines used a Lucas RS1 magneto and had an original design layout.

Although basically identical, the 'Pilot' engines were designated for marine use while the 'Wing' engines were for non marine applications.The engines differ only in the casting on the head shroud (one shows the word 'Pilot' and the other 'Wing'). However, there were two versions of each engine made - a throttle governed and a speed governed version.

Although the engines were made of aluminium, many surviving examples show signs of having being painted in a light grey-cream colour similar to that used in many naval applications. (A paint sample is to be analysed and the contemporary colour match code will be added to these pages.)…

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A Friend To The World
The following article was written and kindly contributed by the late Dave Dickinson. The article and all photos are © 1999 Dave Dickinson, all rights reserved. 2004 The rights are now held by the estate of Dave Dickinson.

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The text and photos for this article have been reproduced with permission from an ebay advertisment for this engine.

The W.P. Callahan engine known for its trademark of extreme quality and disengaging side-shaft design is one of the rarest and most desirable American built internal combustion engines with only a handful known to exist. The engine has been in the same family for several decades and is now for the first time being offered for sale. The engine which retains its factory appointments down to the ornate main-bearing brass oil port pins is in excellent operating condition exhibiting no sign of appreciable wear. The engine received a cosmetic restoration over 20 years ago which has held up well with the exception of some flaking and soiled paint. The engine has been in storage for the past several years since once having been exhibited on an annual basis at various engine shows. Its late owner was a highly respected collector of engines and related items. He was a proud individual who enjoyed inspiring others and making smiles.…

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A Lister LD3 at the Australian Grand Prix
If you follow Grand Prix racing then you will know that one of the races each year is held in Australia at Albert Park Lake in Melbourne Victoria. This being my home town, and the fact that I got a freebie ticket compelled me to attend this years GP. Although it was interesting, I could not get a good position and had to stay on a straight bit (no accidents makes for dull watching).

After the race, I decided to head off to the pits to try and get a look at the cars, no chance there, they are all locked up tight within minutes of the end of the race unless you have a special pit pass.…

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Commando Engines
The Commando range of engines was made during the 1950's and possibly 1960's in Australia. I've never been able to trace the actual company that manufactured them as they were re-badged by every man and his dog such as:
  • Werner Machinery - QLD
  • Sardik Engineering - NSW
  • Houghton and Co. - VIC and SA
  • Tasmania Orchadists - TAS…

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