Mark Tewkesbury throws a light on the rare, New Idea ‘Vari-Speed’ engine that he spotted recently at an event in Sussex.
This somewhat unusual, enclosed American engine, owned by Andrew Richardson, was spotted at a recent Wattlehurst Farm event.
Manufactured by the New Idea Spreader Co. of Coldwater, in Ohio and called the ‘Vari-Speed’ engine, it was made in the old Sandwich Manufacturing Co works in Sandwich, Illinois. Dating from the 1930s, the engine features an enclosed crank design, better suited to the rough and tumble life expected of an engine in agricultural use.
It could, if specified, be fitted with an attachment to allow Kerosene fuel to be used. These engines were produced into World War Two, when production halted. It was never put back into production after the war.
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