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Here's One for Paul, Hugh and Other Windmill Nuts

Scotty 2

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Re: Here's one for Paul,Hugh and other windmill nuts.

Give her a change of oil and she'll be pumping again. :D
 

Paul Richardson

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I think that one is James Alston Darryl?Pressed metal engine housing and planetary geared from around 1930?
Hugh will be a country mile ahead of me on model details etc.
"Windmill nut",..thank you Darryl,..I'm humbled by the simple matter of fact recognition.
 

Paul Richardson

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It's a wonder by the reputation that the cast iron isn't melted from sitting in the sun at Marble Bar?:D
I'm not sure if those Nu-oil units were first made in WA,or were an Adelaide product?Hugh will know.
Metters copied a few American makes in their early manufacturing career.Im not sure if if was Metters that was importing 'Monitor' windmills to Australia.They certainly copied the smaller Monitor windmill models.
Somewhere off the WA coast,at the bottom of the ocean,there is a cargo full of Monitor Windmills on their way to Perth.Just thinking about that now I wonder if there might have been one or two of those nice vertical Monitor engines with the consignment?
 

Heins

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I think that one is James Alston Darryl?Pressed metal engine housing and planetary geared from around 1930?
Hugh will be a country mile ahead of me on model details etc.
"Windmill nut",..thank you Darryl,..I'm humbled by the simple matter of fact recognition.
I would like to see what the planetary gears look like.
 

Scotty 2

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Hello all
Here's a G pattern Southern Cross up the road a bit. It has never left the property since new.
Cheers Scott





 

Heins

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It looks like the sun gear is on the fan shaft, the pump rod is on one of the planet gears, and the ring gear is stationary. Doesn't it run in oil?
 

Paul Richardson

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Hoping this link works Heins?
Here is a little bit of history on the maker and design.His windmill and water supply hardware company was fairly substantial in its day,early last century.
I have had a model 33 here at home,..more than one I suppose,but mostly unusable wrecks.
Be very careful hanging around that old SC Scotty.It's pretty old,and you might notice old bronze and whitemetal and the old timber pitman.
If the windmill gene gets in there and cross pollinates with the already incurable engine bug:uhoh:,......you get the idea:Dhttp://members.iinet.net.au/~caladenia_new@westnet.au/planetary.html
Link is no good sorry,..screen shot included
 

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Scotty 2

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If the windmill gene gets in there and cross pollinates with the already incurable engine bug:uhoh:,......you get the idea:D
Who said it hasn't already? :O
I went looking for a number for Ian (Southern Cross registry) on that G pattern and could not find one. I found the spot it should be......I think.....but no number.
it's a pretty nice farm for old stuff. It's been in the one family since 1850 something.

Cheers Scott

 

cobbadog

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I had a sneaking suspicion that you would 'snig' it home sooner or later. You can always set it up and if there is no wind you cn belt it up to that big yellow V8 you have.
 

Paul Richardson

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Taking a lead from Hugh I was made aware of a decent sized R pattern Southern Cross that is situated at the Geelong Showgrounds.I have known about this windmill for a couple of years but always seem to have been on the wrong side of town or short on time to be able to visit it.It might be about a month ago I wandered across that way accidently and decided to drive in the gateway to have a proper look at it.Until I look at my other pictures to check I think the wheel is 25 feet in diameter?I managed to picture a starling sitting above the 'H' on the tail vane in this picture.These Southern Cross windmills are very hard to judge for size comparison until you take a first hand look up close.
Well worth the stop.
 

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typak

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Well Paul I must say the windmills in most of the above posts appear to be part of the Bill Shorten alternative energy plan, seems legit?........:O
 

Oil Power

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Well this windmill thread has really taken off. I am sure Paul is wright, that is an Alston Planetary Gerard mill. Don't think they were ever offered as a post mount. It looks a bit lonely out in the middle of nowhere. On the subject of windmills, I have been looking at the catalogue for the sale near Lexton, posted on this forum. Some interesting windmill parts to be found on page 2 of the catalogue that can still be viewed. Wonder if Paul went to the auction?
Hugh
 

Scotty 2

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I had a sneaking suspicion that you would 'snig' it home sooner or later. You can always set it up and if there is no wind you cn belt it up to that big yellow V8 you have.
It's still where it was put 30 years ago Cobba. The 6th (I think it is) generation there has got a growing interest in old crap so the Case L, Inter 110 truck, windmill, chaff cutter, Sunshine header etc etc etc are all staying exactly where they should be. On the original property still in the original family.
We should be able to get the tractor and truck should be going by next year to help celebrate the local schools 150th anniversary.

Cheers Scott
 

Paul Richardson

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Well Paul I must say the windmills in most of the above posts appear to be part of the Bill Shorten alternative energy plan, seems legit?........:O
I must say Kim,that recent load of rubbish has been a complete distraction.So much so that the rotted ship tank in Darryl's opening post didn't even rate a mention!The only observation I might note is that the above mentioned 'politico'(opposite to a statesman)was making very large windmills with his arms until about 8pm last Saturday evening,and very small ones ever since.
Scotty,..while it's so dry and you can get in there,please go down to the neighbours place and hook a jib to that old windmill head.If you find a spot for it up out of the grass,..somebody will thank you for it later,guaranteed.
Hugh I have been too out of whack on the home front to keep my eye out for a good auction in recent weeks.I would love to know what caught your eye there?It seems like I'm running after everybody's needs other than my own currently.Mum is taking a little bit of extra looking after at her own home lately,and I'm part of a family plan to see she is not neglected.To top that off have been in and out of gp clinics and emergency departments,..ultrasound as recently as yesterday,trying to sort out why I haven't been too well of late.
Here's another picture from Geelong.
 

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