Wistow 525l via Mount Barker, South Australia
I have recently seen May’s edition of GEM; the photo
featured on the front cover has prompted me to send a photo of an
identical engine which I own and have restored by myself. The
picture was taken at Mount Barker, South Australia 1991 Power of
the Past Show.
Both engines have one thing in common: an air filter not
commonly featured. I assume this fixture was only applied to
engines engaged in such chores as hay baling.
As a matter of interest my engine has been converted to
high-tension magneto in conjunction with an adapter on the
sparkplug bearing IHC logo and part number. I suspect this 6 HP M
engine may well have been low tension Serial #15799, no
alphabetical prefix, which would most likely date the machine at
sometime around 1920, hence the wing nut on the inspection
This engine served its owner through many years of hay baling.
The baler was superseded, whereby the engine fell into a state of
During restoration, the mains were converted to oil and
camshaft. The engine was fitted with a Bosch high-tension magneto.
The sparkplug adapter has IHC part number. Replacement parts were
supplied by Mr. Wally Steding of Iowa. Without his assistance the
project would have been much more difficult, as there is no one in
Australia who specializes in such parts.