MY engines


Petter 2 cyl petrol/kerosene
 The engine was given to me by Charl Van den Berg who found it in the Vaalwater district on a farm. It was one of my first engines and a steep learning curve taught me a lot about how magnetos work . In the end the engine was sorted out with help of friends.

LORENZ petrol/kerosene

The Lorenz Company was founded in 1882 to produce and repair agricultural machinery in Kromeriz, Moravia, which was ruled under the Habsburg Monarchy.

The company survived the change of government to democratic republic in 1918 and the German occupation beginning in 1938. When the Communists gained power in 1948, Lorenz' buildings were seized and the machinery and manufacturing rights were transferred elsewhere.

If you have details of other Lorenz engines, please contact me. Your information can help to piece together the history of Lorenz engines in South Africa

The engine was donated to me by Oom Jan Le Roux from Three Rivers. All the bushes were worn out and had to be re-made. The magneto is not original; it is fitted with home made gears driving it at crankshaft speed


STOVER CT2 petrol hit&miss ignition  
Information supplied to me by Curt Andree :
Stover CT2 2 1/2hp ser: TB227275 was sold to Chain Belt Co.,Milwaukee,
Wisconsin on August 6, 1935 and was along with a batch of other engines serial
numbers: 227265 thru 227279.  Chain Belt Co back then was very large overseas
shipping firm and is still in business today

STOVER CT6 petrol/kerosene engine
Information supplied to me by Curt Andree :
Stover 6hp ser: 184392 was sold to Malcomess LTD, E London.SA on June 6, 1927.
Keep in mind that Stover usually built the engines several months prior to shipping

Ruston Hornsby PB6
This engine is one of the best one lungers that I own.
It starts the first time and keeps running the whole day.

Information supplied to me by MichaelStamford from the Blackstone museum:
To meet the demands of the small power user Blackstone’s introduced the so-called ‘No Trouble’ petrol engine in 1922. This compact, reliable and simple vertical engine was ideal for use in workshops driving air compressors and small electrical generators etc. It was originally designed as a side valve engine developing 5 bhp but grew into a range of four sizes of overhead valve engines from 2¼ to 7bhp running on either petrol or kerosene. These stayed in production until 1935. The title ‘No Trouble’ only applied to the 5 bhp side valve engines and should not be given to the overhead valve engine.
 No 180544 is a 2¼hp kerosene engine tested 2 March 1934. It was one of a large batch of these kerosene engines sold to Massey-Harris Ltd., Trafford Park, Manchester.  As I expect you know, they were one of the main exporters of engines and machinery to South Africa.