REPORTS FROM V. E. R. A. (10/87)


| September/October 1989



Sent to us by Owen W. White 48 Cascades Road Pakuranga Auckland, New Zealand

In the centre of Owen White's floor stood another 'no name' engine that Barry Cardiff brought along for the experts to identify. This engine was thought at first to be of the Villiers family, it is air cooled with the usual cowls etc., quite compact, with an external Wico mag, year about 1950. Finally it was settled, for want of a better name, JAP of about 5 HP.

On looking around Owen's Engine Shed you can see the hours of work that goes into our hobby. Owen is one of our first club members and has been working away at his engines and now has several nicely finished units.

One in particular that took my eye was an Amanco with, according to the book paint job, black, silver and deep red, even finished to the transfer stage. If it runs as good as it looks it will get 10 out of ten.

But, alas, no, it doesn't, or leastways, it didn't. 'You know fellows' said Owen, 'I've done everything to the b...dy engine to try and get it to go. We've checked it over fifty times. We've cranked and cranked, and when I got tired Margaret took the handle, when she wore out her cranking arm the daughter cranked, all to no avail and so there it sat, nice to look at but no-go.'

Well, in our club we have Roger Walton. It is said if Roger cranks it and cranks it the right way he can get any engine to go! Well, I should say, eventually. With 20 experts on the job Owen was confident something would happen. This was a good opportunity for a 'How-to-do-it and What-to-do' in a won't-go situation.