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Looking for Sattley engine info

By Staff

I have a 1-1/2 HP Sattley, serial number 69482, that has been rescued from a curbside trash pile and then turned into yard art. The new owner’s wife didn’t want it around anymore when they moved into a new home, so I’m giving the engine a new home.

I have tried to find information on it in C.H. Wendel’s American Gasoline Engines Since 1872 but so far, no luck, as there was very little information on the Sattley line. I have another Sattley, made by Nelson Bros., but that wasn’t shown in the book either.

I looked to see if other manufacturers may have made this one. It has the typical solid flywheels, with a hole and built-in handcrank on one. The inboard side of the other flywheel has raised letters and a pointer on the hub that shows exhaust open and exhaust close, but no casting numbers.

It has a square hopper, raised lip, single casting (numbered 2NF103), cylinder hopper and main bearings with a squared, box-like oil catch basin. The cam/governor gear is mounted on the outside of the main casting between the flywheel and the casting. The main bearing caps are held in place with four inverted square-head bolts that go through the base with nuts instead of studs.

The ignition is pipe plug, hit-and-miss, and the WICO EK magneto bracket bolts to the side of the base. It has a gas only mixer. Most of the castings have the letters “NF” before the numbers and a few have “A2” as the first two digits. The bottom of the water hopper has two freeze plugs, no drain hole, and water drains through head.

Jim Osnes, 16420 Fillmore St., Brighton, CO 80602; (303) 452-0643;

  • Published on Apr 1, 2009
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