Mystery Engine Identified as Salsbury Engine

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courtesy of the Gas Engine Magazine staff
Black and white ad with a man riding a scooter


Last issue, Dale Rieppel sent in photos of an engine he restored, but of unknown make. By way of identification, reader Kenneth Martin sent us a photo copy of an advertisement for a 6-1/2hp Salsbury: Dale’s engine is almost identical.

A little digging suggests Dale’s engine is a Salsbury Model 600, manufactured by Salsbury Motors, Pomona, California, which started as a scooter manufacturer in 1936.



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A 1956 Salsbury engine manual

The company apparently passed around a fair bit, its catalogs listing Salsbury as, variously, a division of Wayne Manufacturing Co., Northrop Aircraft, Inc., and Emery Engineering Corp. Salsbury engines were sold for a variety of applications. Scooter production appears to have ended in 1950, with engine production continuing to at least until 1956. Salsbury scooters are highly collectible.

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Published on Jan 14, 2019

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