You don’t need to be a mechanic or engineer to appreciate the genius, humour and fun in this exhibit. As long as you have a sense of wonder and curiosity, I’m certain you’ll enjoy this post 🙂
The setting is a very large hardware store in Invercargill named E Hayes and Sons Limited. Invercargill is in the far south of Southland so we’re talking right down the “bottom” of the South Island of New Zealand.
And this exhibit, displayed in the store is described in their brochure as Original engine, hand-built by Norman Hayes.
These are my photos taken 14 March 2018 when I was visiting the store.
PS. (27 Mar) : Young Benjamin in the comments below asked me if it runs. See my answer to him for more information and a link to a YouTube video of it running
This is NOT a Briggs & Stratton
You can enlarge the above photo if you click on it.
The “Norman Hayes Engine” sign reads as follows:
Built by the late Norman Hayes in 1980.
Fuel tank is a pressure cooker,
float bowl is a preserving jar and
carburettor is a 1/2 inch brass garden tap.
The ignition comes from a trip magneto,
muffler is a bed pan,
brass toilet cistern is the water tank,
and a stirrup pump provides water cooling.
The engine concept is unique to Norman.
He would have had great difficulty with the rough finish,
because he was a self taught engineer and a perfectionist.
Here are some detail shots that I took:
Text and Photos by Liz; Exploring Colour (2018)