Put me right chaps

Discussion in 'Identification' started by picklesquirt, Oct 11, 2012.

  1. picklesquirt

    picklesquirt Member

    Hi all , I was offered an engine today that I did not immediatly recognise. From a distance I thought it was a Wolsley, it was hopper cooled with fins.
    Closer up it had a label stating Petter ( I think ). The label was almost un readable. It looks like an A1 but with hopper cooling. Haven't been able to find much info on Web. Is it unusual?
    Found a manual on I.F for A1 / W1 but no picture of complete engine.
    Should I be chasing after it? It has an inpulse mag and had been painted yellow.
  2. Numpty1

    Numpty1 Member

    The engine sounds like a Petter W1H the water cooled version of the A1. Not common but certainly not rare. If it floats your boat, then go for it! There are a couple of vids on youtube.

  3. campingstoveman

    campingstoveman Active Member

    Nice little engine better than the aircooled and not many about.
    dont know why you'd need to float a boat though :lol:

    Martin P
  4. Numpty1

    Numpty1 Member

    Well, We could do with a boat round here, its P****** down :( Looks like Singleton will be cancelled!
  5. campingstoveman

    campingstoveman Active Member

    Been outside to load up for the morning, gave up as its persisting down here also going to crash around at 6:30 tomorrow instead :lol:
    You could come and keep me company instead :wink:

    Martin P
  6. picklesquirt

    picklesquirt Member

    Thanks chaps
    I may make him an offer. It comes with a sawbench and flat belting.
    Will post a pic if I get it home.
  7. picklesquirt

    picklesquirt Member

    Hi all,
    Well I have got it home and I thought they were not common, then miley-bob comes up with one, bit like buses.
    It has been painted yellow which is flaking badly, it has no compression and no spark and the sump is full of gunk but I would not have wanted a working one. There is green paint showing - would mid Brunswick Green be about right for this engine.
  8. robint

    robint New Member

    Hi All

    Seen the vids on Youtube, The hopper head comes from a Wolesely WD II I am told, I wonder if that was an official tie up back then? 1.5 hp 750 rpm, I wonder how long before the hopper boils on load? You've got about 4kW of heat to dissipate (about 1.5 electric kettles worth)

    Good fun getting it running :roll:

    Oh BTW, I expect you know you will need more than that to run your saw bench other than for show
  9. Numpty1

    Numpty1 Member

    The design may come from Wolseley but the parts are different and not interchangeable.

    There was a tie up with several major manufacturers during and after the war as the Wolseley engine was in fact a modified Ruston design, which Rustons bought back post war for compressed air starting sets.

    1.5hp? this could be a high speed industrial version.

    Keep it yellow Ewan, there's enough out there painted green. Nice find anyway.

  10. picklesquirt

    picklesquirt Member

    Thanks for the comments. It came with the sawbench but as you say looks hard work for this engine, especially as the pulleys give a 3 to 1 step up. Have not got far with it so far only to establish that the exhaust valve seat is beyond grinding in. It must have stood for years with the valve open. The inlet valve and seat are immaculate. The mag is sitting on the bach of the Aga for a week before I touch it.
    Can't feel any mechanical play- perhaps it has not done much work.
    I did wonder if it was painted yellow by someone who fitted as OEM into their plant, any ideas?
    I have just been able to make out some of the plate. 1.5 HP @ 750 rpm

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