The Sprayer Engine

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23941 Strange Creek Dr. Diamond Bar, California 91765

I would like to share some comments with you about an engine I acquired last year.

I was running my Schultz Brothers 3 HP at a show at Marina Del Rey. A man and his wife stopped by and said he had an old upright gas engine he acquired from a friend, Bert Lee, at Plush Ranch at Lockwood Valley, California. He said he was moving from near Lancaster, California, to Sparks, Nevada and didn't want to move it that far.

I asked the directions to his home and wrote them down. I told him I would be there after the show tied up at 4 p.m. When I got there he took me to the side of the garage and there was an upright Novo, or so it looked at a glance.

The cylinder was removed to expose the piston and rod through the tap hole. The plastic that once covered the engine was almost gone due to the weather. This area does get cold and has a hard freeze in the winter. It is what we call the high desert. With a closer look when we loaded it in my truck I could barely make out what was on the tag.

After I got it home I made everything visible. The tag read: 'The Sprayer Engine, No. 6139,2? HP, 525 revs., Mfg. by the Bean Sprayer Pump Company, San Jose, California, U.S.A.' The second tag read: 'Ranchers Mfg. Company, Pomona, California.'

The second tag must have been the seller. The carburetor is somewhat like a flat square, not the round type, and is brass. It took some doing to get the engine running again as water had gotten into the crankcase and the rod was at '6 o'clock' and rusty. Upon closer inspection of the gas tank base I found two cracks: one the whole length of the top of the base and the other was the whole length on the opposite side on the bottom. Since it was a gas tank I thought I would give J.B. Weld a try. After v-ing out both cracks the J.B. Weld did its job. No leaks yet. A friend of mine gave me the following information:

Novo started using their engines on sprayers around 1910. Novo moved from Berea, Ohio to Lansing, Michigan in 1915. John Bean got into trouble with their plate because it should have read: 'made for' not 'made by' Bean Sprayer Pump Company. The 2? HP was not listed in later parts catalogs.

There was a good write up on Novo engines in the November/December issue of Gas Engine Magazine written by Phil Geetz of Williamson, Michigan. Also in the August, 1985 issue there was a good write up on 100 years of John Bean Spray Pump Company.

John Bean started the FMC Corporation and since my son works for them I am partial to anything John Bean. I am looking for an open type piston down pump to go with my engine. I have the large and small gears. This engine is battery ignition. If you know of a piston, please let me know.