The first order of business was to remove the rear crankcase cover and see what I had really bought. My American wrenches fit one bolt head, but not the other three. I drained the fluids out and left the cover off to start the drying process. There was not much listed, and after looking up the references, none were the engine I had. In the late 1950s and early '60s, the 'Company takeover period' commenced and disaster reigned, and Harris, Scarfe & Sandovers eventually went out of business due probably to loss of agencies, the G. Tony Marvin has a list of approximately 25 SPB's on record as existing in Australia today. To the best of his knowledge, all were made between 19.
I also took the head off to see what problems lay ahead there. I placed an Information Wanted ad in the June 1995 GEM and got zero replies. However, Stationary Engine Magazine of Kent, England, is a regular advertiser in GEM, so I wrote to them. engines were eventually sold either by Scarfes or the R & H offices in Australia. The only positive fix he has on a particular engine is that No. He does find it hard to believe that so many engines were made if numbering was in sequence.
The head gasket is copper clad and was in good shape. The first has to do with the specifics of the engine itself, such as who made it, where was it made, is there printed information available, what is the proper color, etc. They in turn forwarded my letter to a Ray Hooley in North Hykeham, Lincoln, England. In the meantime, Bill Young in Japan sent me some information from the March 1995 Stationary Engine Magazine. S1443 was delivered in 1942 by the Australian Army to a farmer to drive a milking machine. It is quite possible that the numbering was mixed up with other products.
I took pity on Bill, since he urgently needed to sell everything, and made an offer on it that he accepted.
If you want to know more about Bill and his experiences in Japan, read his article on page 20 of the August 1994 issue of GEM.
The engine appeared to be complete as it sat there on a wooden platform.
The magneto mounts on a bracket near the front of the engine and is driven by a rotary sideshaft from the crankshaft.
Prior to the sale days, Bill had me help in arranging the engines and I had found the magneto near the engine and bolted it on the bracket so it would stay with the engine and not become a neat single piece treasure. My brother Larry lives near Bill's old place, and we moved the engine to his house using my low bed trailer and a portable 'cherry picker' hoist to load it.