The Sprayer Engine

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23941 Strange Creek Dr. Diamond Bar, California 91765

I would like to share some comments with you about an engine I
acquired last year.

I was running my Schultz Brothers 3 HP at a show at Marina Del
Rey. A man and his wife stopped by and said he had an old upright
gas engine he acquired from a friend, Bert Lee, at Plush Ranch at
Lockwood Valley, California. He said he was moving from near
Lancaster, California, to Sparks, Nevada and didn’t want to
move it that far.

I asked the directions to his home and wrote them down. I told
him I would be there after the show tied up at 4 p.m. When I got
there he took me to the side of the garage and there was an upright
Novo, or so it looked at a glance.

The cylinder was removed to expose the piston and rod through
the tap hole. The plastic that once covered the engine was almost
gone due to the weather. This area does get cold and has a hard
freeze in the winter. It is what we call the high desert. With a
closer look when we loaded it in my truck I could barely make out
what was on the tag.

After I got it home I made everything visible. The tag read:
‘The Sprayer Engine, No. 6139,2? HP, 525 revs., Mfg. by the
Bean Sprayer Pump Company, San Jose, California, U.S.A.’ The
second tag read: ‘Ranchers Mfg. Company, Pomona,
California.’

The second tag must have been the seller. The carburetor is
somewhat like a flat square, not the round type, and is brass. It
took some doing to get the engine running again as water had gotten
into the crankcase and the rod was at ‘6 o’clock’ and
rusty. Upon closer inspection of the gas tank base I found two
cracks: one the whole length of the top of the base and the other
was the whole length on the opposite side on the bottom. Since it
was a gas tank I thought I would give J.B. Weld a try. After v-ing
out both cracks the J.B. Weld did its job. No leaks yet. A friend
of mine gave me the following information:

Novo started using their engines on sprayers around 1910. Novo
moved from Berea, Ohio to Lansing, Michigan in 1915. John Bean got
into trouble with their plate because it should have read:
‘made for’ not ‘made by’ Bean Sprayer Pump Company.
The 2? HP was not listed in later parts catalogs.

There was a good write up on Novo engines in the
November/December issue of Gas Engine Magazine written by Phil
Geetz of Williamson, Michigan. Also in the August, 1985 issue there
was a good write up on 100 years of John Bean Spray Pump
Company.

John Bean started the FMC Corporation and since my son works for
them I am partial to anything John Bean. I am looking for an open
type piston down pump to go with my engine. I have the large and
small gears. This engine is battery ignition. If you know of a
piston, please let me know.

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