Oil Engine No. 23345
Petter Handyman Oil Engine No. 23345
was acquired during May 1999 from a vintage car enthusiast who had
owned the engine for a number of years but unfortunately had not
found the time to restore the engine to running order. The previous
owner recovered the engine in the mid-1970's from an old railway
yard having spotted the engine lying in the open whilst passing
by one day. It appears the engine had been dragged outside from
its place of work and had been left outside for an unknown period
of time prior to recovery. Luckily the local scrapman did not get
there first and the engine ended up in safe hands as the previous
owner quickly recovered the engine back to his workshop.
The previous owner turned out to be
a trained aeronautical engineer who was very skilled in all aspects
of mechanical engineering. During the 25 odd years before we acquired
the engine the previous owner had carefully stripped the engine
down and preserved it for restoration. All parts had been cleaned
and put in labelled boxes and the engine was stored in a dry shed
next to a woodburning stove which kept the damp away. This initial
attention to detail and the storage conditions has undoubtedly helped
the engine remain in the excellent original condition to which it
survives today with much of the original paintwork and lining remaining.
The engine was in fact a restorers dream as all the messy work had
been done, it was more a case of carrying out the necessary repairs
and fitting it all back together, which is where the story continues....
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