More water cooled engines
When I did the article in the last issue about the water cooled Triumphs I thought that it was appropriate to do so because they were unique and unusual. Not so. I have been contacted by Graham Branch, a motorcycle and car enthusiast from Port Macquarie who is the owner of the late Maurie Pearson’s single seater hill climb type car fitted with a Manx Norton engine. He advises that in 1990 he purchased two Triumph engines – a 1949 Tiger 100 and a Speed Twin. Both of these had water cooled jackets around the cylinder barrels. He later removed the head and found that the internals were new and they had not been run at all since they had been rebuilt with new parts. He tried running these with a radiator and fitted a water pump as well before he gave up and fitted regular barrels. Whilst later attempting to acquire an engine for a fibreglass Berkley car, he also purchased in that deal a 328cc two stroke Excelsior which had also been fitted with jackets for water cooling.