How Your Hobby Started Part XIX

| March/April 1972

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Mention was made in the July-August Volume 6 issue of the Gas Engine Magazine of a rare make of engine by the Priestman & Co. of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and also with offices and manufacturing plants in London, and Hull, England and Glascow.

From this article came several very informative letters from one of our readers, Anthony Harcombe, Esq., residing in Westcott, Surrey, England. He has a collection of expertly reclaimed antique engines including a Priestman, a Southwell, a Richard Hornsby, a Petters, a Fairbanks, Morse Type 'T' and others.

The 2 HP vertical, single cylinder Southwell is very similar to the Fair banks Morse Type 'T'. The difference is in the push rod for the exhaust valve, which on the Southwell has only one push rod. It actuates both the exhaust valve and the igniter, while on the Type 'T' there is a push rod for each of these functions. Also the Type 'T' has a gear driven low tension magneto as original equipment while the Southwell is equipped with a battery, choke coil and igniter.

As can be seen from the picture, the Southwell has a mixing valve mounted on top of the cylinder head, with an igniter located just below in a boss cast on the side of the cylinder. The governor and timing gear are located outside the closed crankcase and a rocker arm to operate the fuel pump. The fuel tank is located between the engine mounting skids

Plainly stated on a brass plate on the side of the crankcase hand hole plate is the fact that it was made in the U. S. A. After correspondence with a number of the well known engine collectors in our country, it has not been possible to trace any information concerning the the manufacturer of these engines. Undoubtedly it would be interesting to the readers of G.E.M. to learn more about the Southwell engines and should anyone be able to offer additional data, it will be gladly added in a future installment of this story.


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