Used for pumping water from a river to a market garden, this very unique and rare kerosene engine runs pretty well, especially after being blown up, dismantled, and buried for over 100 years. Just listen to that beautiful engine purr after a little TLC.
1909 10HP Blackstone oil engine. The engine was sabotaged in the 1920s by someone blowing up the cylinder with explosives. A new cylinder was installed and the engine was returned to service for a number of years when it eventually fell into disuse. A number of river floodings submerged the engine and it was eventually partially buried in silt. It was recovered in the 1990s and in 1997 it was dismantled, cleaned and started again after many years of neglect. The starting procedure requires heating of the hot bulb with a blow lamp in order to vaporise the fuel ( kerosene ) and to preheat the internal combustion chamber to allow fuel ignition.