After many years residing at my parents house, 4HP Petter M number 66688 has finally made the move to W. London.
This was my very first engine, a Christmas present from my father some time in the early-mid 70's. I remember initially being a bit disappointed - after all stationary engines were supposed to be four-stroke, open crank, hit-and-miss governed devices, usually red with Amanco written on the side! However the Petter was treated to what became a typical NHH 'restoration', ie, returned to decent mechanical order with cosmetics left well alone and thereafter dragged only occasionally out of the shed for an airing.
It was to be some ten years before I got my next engine - scratching the OC H&M itch by way of a Bradford before moving on to the rather less mainstream stuff that I tend to go for now. Other engines may come and go, but I think the Petter will be with me 'till death do us part.
I've put a few pics on webshots (infernal combustion album)to spot the anachronistic part wins the satisfaction of feeling like a right clever !"£$%
BTW. I can't find the letter from DWE at the moment, but ISTR 66688 was made in 1933 or thereabouts and originally sold to a company by the name of Monson engineering - any further info welcome.