I think you are close on the date, and I think that the early Acroyd Hornsby's were green, possibly 'Lincoln green' I know a lot of Hornsby's were given a maroon paint job after restoration. but I have reservations about that.
Maroon was a Hornsby colour but I don't know when it became standard. What I do know my 1908 Hornsby was painted rich Chocolate Brown. We did match the paint at the time and some how we found out that was the correct colour. The 1912 petrol Hornsby I have was painted green and this time we matched the colour to Lincoln green. Both engines had a lot of paint left, probably these days i may have left them as found.
What I know is what I have seen and I what I also know there is a lot of variation to what is believed to be fact
It looks to be very complete and original Mike?There is a young bloke down this way has one that looks very similar.I don't think I would be talked into painting either.Not while it has a nice protective heritage coating of iron oxide that took a long time to get looking that good.Hi Tranter
Time fades paint - so I have been skeptical of the red wheels and ford maroon idea which I have been hearing for years. Since when are maroon and red a good combo anyway?? No problem to me as I'm not going to paint mine anyway.
G'day Paul,G'day Merv,
my comments are only aiming to relate to the question of what might be known about the particular model Hornsby portable in our thread topic.The family of surviving engines and wrecks that caught my attention a few years back were manufactured from 1900 onwards until the Akroyd patents expired in 1905.A quick look at our thread starters engine tells me that this group includes his engine.All of the portables that I have looked at in this group,unrestored/wrecks etc all show signs where evident of the same paint scheme.
I will include a pic of my own reason for taking a keen interest in the portables that were manufactured and shipped during that period.
My engine is primarily #6988,collected as a wreck minus complete transport.The transport pictured is my second adaption to this engine as the first one was beyond repair.
It has been moved closer towards parts completion with parts from #6516,#6518,#6248,#6986,#7014 plus parts from about 3 other unknown wrecks.All of these were 1900 onwards and all showing signs of the same maroon and red, some of it in very well preserved condition.
If Tranters engine was manufactured earlier than say the mid #5000 mark,or conversely was late enough to not be carrying the Akroyd patent I would be reluctant to offer a comment on the original colour.
g'day Merv,..the reality is neither am I? If we stick strictly though to our thread starters question I might be brave enough to hold my hand up and claim to have a pretty solid answer?G'day Paul,
I am not in a position to enter into a debate on Acroyd Hornsby's colours.
Gday Kim.Hello Paul, to my understanding the portable oil engines in general became very popular in Australia very quickly as against the portable steam engine no wood or water and skilled attendant being required, ....... also it could be said the Akroyd was made in other countries, the US, France and Russia so many parts of the world did not necessarily receive the Hornsby as we know it?