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Offers of engines to new homes (not sales) and please for help in restoring an engine or for information or perhaps just seeking some advice or seeking identification of an item.

Save one or both of these engines from scrap! Are you a member of a club with a decent amount of space and resources to move these engines? Or maybe an individual who could do it? Then SAVE them!! Contact Peter Ganza This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. The two are located at Hillgrove mine site near Armidale NSW and were put in to supply power to one of the undergrounds before mains power was connected. They actually never performed that duty as mains arrived soon after installing these (so I've been told). They have always been under cover and with a little work will run (again so I've been told by some of the older fellows on site). Have attached some photos (sorry about the blurry one). If you know of any interested persons, please let me know and we can organise a viewing. My contact number is 02 6778 1154.

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This Ruston powered the town of Invernell.

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Ruston submarine engine

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Do you know what this is? Bob would certainly like to know. If you can ID this item, please drop me a line via so I can update this page and get back to Bob.

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comes from Ben Carpenter - Thanks Ben!PaulI have never seen one just like this but it appears to have all thecomponets of a dead wheight tester for gages.Ben Carpenter<This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.> www.benc.com

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The first one might possibly be a dead weight gauge tester.JimJim and DianeHemet, CA This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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What a great idea!  #1 certainly looks like a dead-weight gauge tester, the oldest one I have ever seen.  But where do you attach the gauge you are testing? Glen Christoffersen

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Hi Paul Agree that it looks like a dead-weight tester for pressure gauges, but where is the gauge under test to be connected to?  Is there a blanked or open fitting around the side or back that we can't see from the photos? Regards      Pete Peter Scales

SmileSovled - Dead Weight Gauge Tester

This is an engine badged New Record from a New Record dragsaw. New Record did not make engines and rebadged other peoples. If you can help ID the engine and a possible date range please and I will get back to Ian and let him know. Thanks.

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comes from Roland CravenPaulI'd say the engine is a petrol/Paraffin Petter A1 or 2 c1950.regardsRoland Cravennr Exeter Devon, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.://www.petternut.co.uk

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Its a Petters.Reg & Marg Ingold.Newcastle, NSW, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.://www.oldengine.org/members/randmingold

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I'm probably wrong, not seeing all sides of the engine. But who ever built it had a history with Wisconsin, I'd bet.Another thought: if that is a Wisconsin, it will have the base series letters, such as AA-101 A or B , AB-101 A or B, AH-101 a or B, or what ever, cast on the underside of the cyl. head as shown in the attached JPG.Arthur-- Arthur Southwell RebuildingAPRA Member ID # 976Arcadia, FL This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.'s homepage: http://www.homestead.com/artsouthwell/index.html

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I agree with Roland Craven - looks just like my 1950's Petter A. Regards      Pete -- Peter Scales

Solved: Petter A1 or A2 c1950 with a possible Wisconsin ID

Hi Paul,I think this may be a Divers air pump, what do you think? Brian in Mooroolbark.

If you know what this is please contact  me or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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I suggested it might be an amonia pump from a cool store, but Brian responded:

Hi Paul,Not amonia pump,Has 38" flywheel,no intake valve, it breathes through 8 1/2"holes in cyl. wall when the piston is at the end of the stroke. air is pumped through the copper coil which is water cooled. It has been sugested that I turn it into a hot air eng.Brian

 

This is from Steve This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This item came from a long closed IHC dealership up in PA. Looks like it wasnever used. Was laying with piles of other unrelated IHC parts. Measures:36"long and the ratchet gear is 7" across. I have dragged this this to showafter show and no one has been able to identify it. Handle is wood withoriginal red paint. Has some stenciling on one side but I can't make it out.What in the world was it a part of? Please post this on your site. Thanks,Steve

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Michael This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. paul,Item #4 on your I.D. parade. my first idea is for tighting up wirefencing,were you put the end of your say 1/8" wire around the rachet wheel,use the lever to get it nice and tight before you nail it to the post .great web site !!!.

Solved Fence write tightener

This is likely to be some kind of marine engine. It is currently in Argentina and the owner is seeking to identify it.

The ID-ME was sent in by Peter Lowe, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you know what it is please contact me.

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Hi Paul I have just found your site and would like to see if some one can identify this piston It is 3and 5/16 ths inc in did and 31/2 inch in lengthIt has 3 comp rings all 1/8 thick and 1 oil ring also 1/8th thickslanted slots on the gudgeon sides IT IS STAMPED std ON THE CROWNIt is in a box marked Norton Villiers and it fits very snugly into the box and gives me the idea that it came fro Noton Villiers/ I have a 1963 ACL piston book and have been thru all tyhe engine sizes around this size but can find nothing with 4 rings all 1/8th each but no doubt some on will know it Regards Joe Brown Joe Brown

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Solved: BSA motorcycle piston

This engine is a Motap which Peter and Joe Ogborne are trying to identify. Contact me or  please e-mail them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

It's nameplate reads
Motap
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What is this? Measures about 2' tall. Marked: The New Boiler Never LeakInjector, Pat Applied For, "Use Only Genuine Boiler Never Leak In ThisTool", Liquid Venger Corporation, Buffalo, NY. It has a very tiny pressuregauge on it that reads up to 120Lb. Came out the Altoona Penna Rail Roadshops. I would like to sell it but I don't know what exactly it is used for.Can anyone help? Thanks, Steve This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Solution - Boiler caulk injector

If you can identify this engine please contact me.

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This engine has been found in the Australian bush, unfortunately I do not know exactly where. The new owners have asked if I can identify the engine and this is the best way I know to do that. If you think you know what this engine is, then please e-mail both me and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. the details.

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Herewith the photos of the engine which Alex and my father-in-law, Jack, have their eye on for their next restoration
The details we have are :
it used to drive a 5 stamp battery;
has 4" crank,
5ft diameter Flywheel - 6 spokes and 5" depth/width,
10" bore, 2
0" stroke,
bob weights governor
12 x three quarter stud head

Unfortunately there was no serial number plate or any other identifying marks/numbers etc left on it.

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Hope you can help! Karen Collins