Bought a bundle of engine manuals lately, including one for Coborn
engines C3 and C6, apparently printed by K&L Steelfounders and
Engineers Ltd, Letchworth.
Anyone enlighten me ? Or should I just file it in the bin ?
Thanks, maybe I should look for an engine to go with the operating
instructions! There is no date on the guff, no mention of power
output, capacity or history. In fact they have managed to write a
perfect operating manual/parts list without mentioning anything else -
though they do refer to it as the Browett-Coborn engine at one point -
and using that as a web search term has at least turned up one hit.
Would this be fairly recent, 60s or 70s ?
The C3 is 3.8 hp and the C6 is 6.1 hp, the engines were built between the
30s and 60s, usual colour is red, K&L steelfounders took over the Browett
and Lindley and carried on making the engines. Production ceased in 1963.
K&L were part of the 600 group of companies, Kryn & Lahy was the original
company name. They were also involved in the Jones Cranes business on the same
The foundry sub-station was still around in the 1980's, but the Jones Cranes
business went under and the site was sold for the new Post Office centre.
Peter & Rita Forbes
"Peter A Forbes" wrote (snip):-
Originally I believe of No. 600 commercial Road, east London. ISTR reading
that one George Cohen started out by buying up defunct companies for the
scrap value of their plant and ended up running a substantial manufacturing
group which included the Colchester and Harrison machine tool companies - is
Back to the plot - the Coborn/Browett Linley/KL engines are rather
uninspiring looking fully cowled air-cooled side valve singles, but they
good deal less common than (say) similar JAP models and I would imagine that
literature is correspondingly scarce so definitely not a bin job.
Pretty much as I understand it, they were very big in the 1950's and 1960's.
Yes, they are a fairly typical air-cooled single, but rare enough these days to
be kept in preservation.
Peter & Rita Forbes
Expected that to sell - though I thought the starting price was pretty much
all the money. Suppose it just goes to show that its comparitive rarity
doesn't necessarily mean it will command a premium over the equivalent JAP
Yes it was a tad ratty. I see there is now a C3 listed (one might almost
think that this thread had brought out a few sleepers!) which to my eye is
slightly more interesting for its right angled mag drive.
Don't know how you spotted that with the name being spelt incorrectly.
Even after you told me it was there I had trouble finding it.
Its interesting if mentioning engines teases them onto the market -
what shall we mention next ??