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Old 27-07-15, 06:06 AM   #1
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Default Britannia Oil Engine, Help Needed

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I have recently become the new custodian of an early Britannia Oil engine serial number 138 built under Nicholsons Patents. The previous owners were unable to complete the restoration due to lack of information on the missing parts. As can be seen in the pics it has been modified with a Blackstone inspirator and fuel pump. What I require is any info or pics on the fuel system originally fitted to these engines, and the missing manifold setup from the side of the barrel. All I have really been able to find out is that I believe that the fuel was raised from the tank via suction and that the patents date to around 1903. All help or contacts greatly appreciated.

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Old 27-07-15, 06:50 AM   #2
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Having problems uploading multiple pics so, here is another one
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Old 27-07-15, 06:51 AM   #3
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And finally another one
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Old 30-07-15, 07:20 PM   #6
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Hi Dave,
That's quite a rare oil engine that you have, so rare in fact that as far as I know there are no known examples here in the UK, but I stand to be corrected on that.
I think that after talking to a couple of more well travelled friends you may be better off trying Smokstak down under as there may be as many as 6 of them in OZ and they thought that there may be a similar size engine to yours on the Perth area. I have added some info from the 1903 edition of engineering.
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Old 30-07-15, 07:47 PM   #7
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Here is a photo of one that resides in Albany in Western Australia.
I don't remember the name of the owner.
Winchestergoose will know.
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Old 31-07-15, 06:05 AM   #8
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Thanks Dave & Mervyn,
I noticed that in the working diagrams that the inlet valve is directly above the exhaust valve whereas on the 10hp shown the look to be one next to the other. Do you know if this was only on the larger engines or a manufacturing change. Being that the engine I have is believed to be about 6hp and such an early serial number I would suspect the manifold assembly should be the same style represented in the prints. After looking at those prints I did a bit more research on the engineer and what a fantastic resource that is to be preserved. I actually found more Britannia info in there in the July 10th 1903 edition. Link is below. Once again thanks guys, hopefully with these drawings and some other information sourced from the WA engine I can get another rare engine up and running.

http://www.gracesguide.co.uk/images/6/6a/Er19030710.pdf

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