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The Stables Housing Horse Power || J.A.P Engines

By L&S Engineers 3 days ago 98 Views No comments

J. A Prestwich Industries (JAP), was an English manufacturing company founded in 1895. Alongside Villiers and Lister Petter they were a landmark in British Engineering . They began manufacturing aircraft, motorcar, and stationary engines. JAP engines can still be seen around the country at vintage rallies, with people still staying loyal to them building up there own vintage engine collection. This week we have an article from J.A Prestwich Industries LTD themselves. The article below is taken from J.A.P's handbook. In it's prime the J.A.P works was described as "the stables housing horse power, with quality and efficiency" an apt name for a company that continued to manufacture through two world wars!

If you're interested in seeing the whole booklet just let us know! Did you know we sell JAP some vintage industrial engine spares? Why not check it out, you may find something you need in our Vintage Engine Spares section.

​Mighty Oaks From Little Acorns Grow || The Beginning

By L&S Engineers 11 days ago 1707 Views No comments

We're going all the way back to Little Aston Road in Aldridge, which if you've been following our journey is one of the first buildings the business was created from whilst Alan & Wyn were still working part time. When we first posted our story of the years spent in the 'hole in the wall' we had a few messages about memories from Little Aston Road. These sparked Wyn's memory, so we've got another story for you, the real beginnings of the company you could say, going all the way back to the 1950's.

'I Use Villiers Engines On My Farm' || Vintage Booklet

By L&S Engineers 12 days ago 105 Views No comments

7 Mar 2018 09:02:41

This week we have a vintage Villiers booklet, from the Villiers Engineering Co. on Martson Road Wolverhampton. To quote the book 'in the following pages are described some of the models in the Villiers range used largely for agricultural and dairy purposes.' As you may have seen from our previous blog Villiers had and still does have a big influence on the business! So we thought we'd share a few of the engines specifications by Villiers themselves. Make sure to check our our range of Vintage Engine Spares! We have Villiers, Jap & Lister Petter!

If you want to see more of our archives please do comment down below! We have alot of more interesting finds instore so make sure you're following us on social media to keep up to date with all the latest stories!

If you're interested in seeing the whole booklet drop us a comment and we will upload it to our document centre.

An Old Community and A Bonfire Night || Great Wyrley

By Wyn Lees 17 days ago 4211 Views No comments

This week we are back in Great Wyrley on Hazel Lane. L&S was just one of the many companies that worked on the Old Colliery site. There was a shared sense of community on there, and work often flowed between the business as one companies services would fill another's needs. This sense of community still exists for L&S. You will never be put through to a recorded line, if you call or message our team you will always be speaking direct to a person who will be more then happy to help.

Billy Goat Eats Anything || 1966

By L&S Engineers 19 days ago 1577 Views No comments

In 1966 a new vacuum was introduced into the UK market. An exciting new innovation from a new American company called Billy Goat. A name you may or may not have heard of. This new innovation was set to be an industry game changer, a vacuum like never before. This new product promised to cut cleaning and labour time, clean big areas fast, get to hard to reach places, pulverise leaves, gulp water down and more! This new product was exciting, as you can see from the 6 page advertisement below.

Billy Goat began in 1967 under Clipper manufacturing, they then became an independent company in 1969. They remained independent until 2015 when they were aquired by Briggs & Stratton Corp. They still continue to create innovative products today, with vacuums, lawnmowers and more. As you can probably see from the advert Billy Goat mission is to make their products exciting, thrilling and to 'take the chore out of chores.' They always strive to be innovative starting with their products all the way through to the advertisements.

This leaflet is from 1966 when Wyn was still working at Reliant Plant Services in Walsall Wood, meaning it's over 50 years old! Let us know if you want to see more vintage advertisements and handbooks we've got an archive full of booklets that may not have been seen for years! (Click the images to enlarge)

1949 Ford Pick Up Trucks and Vintage Operator Handbooks || Great Wyrley

By Wyn Lees 24 days ago 1319 Views No comments

As the business grew there was a growing need to keep expanding the functionality. With each new destination came a new way to provide customers with what they needed. As you can see by our website the product range that we stock is constantly growing (with over 100,000 products/parts available). This all grew from Alan + Wyn's determination to never say no to a customer. If we don't stock it we will try to source it for you!

Putting the Spark Back into Villiers in 1981 || Villiers

By Haliena Brown 25 days ago 1239 Views No comments

As our recent blog post about Wyn's visit to the Villiers Warehouse in the 1960's has been such a hit we've been through our archives.

Wyn has been through our old tea chests and found an article from the 'British Business' Booklet in 1981. The article focuses on the re-build of Villiers after they went into liquidation in 1975. A hopeful story, as 'nobody makes a better engine for the purpose than Villiers'

Villiers was and still is today a highlight of the UK's engineering industry. Engines built to last with enthusiasts around the country constantly looking for ways to refurbish their old engines!

We are slowly (there's a lot of it!) moving through our archive of information, and interesting stories from the past 50 years. We hope you are enjoying these posts if you want to see anything or you're interested to know more about the history of the business just drop us a message. Our Facebook page is the place to keep up to date with all the latest posts and offers from L&S so make sure you stay tuned!

Lister Marine Engines That Powered Through the Waters || Auxiliary Engines

By L&S Engineers 26 days ago 946 Views No comments

As you may know at the beginning of our journey L&S manufactured parts for Petter engines. We also had connections to, at that time a separate company, Lister Engines. Lister Engines are known worldwide, the company started in 1889 manufacturing cream separators, sheep shearing machinery, milk churns & barrels for butter! (A bit different to the powerful diesel engines they would go on to make)

Lister was known for manufacturing engines for the marine industry. Their diesel auxiliary engines were a popular choice among many at the time, and after combining Lister Petter have continued to be a popular choice of engine to this day.Below you can see two original Lister documents we found in our archives this week! They detail the engines that were used back in 1973.

We are back next week with a story about exactly what L&S used to manufacture, and who helped us on our way! If there is anything you want to see or any part of the business you want to know more about please do drop us a message.

Petter Engines and Vintage Pumps || Petter Engines

By L&S Engineers 1 month ago 1470 Views No comments

Lubrication Pumps for Petter Engines

This week we're back at Hazel Lane, revisiting just how Alan & Wyn came to make Lubrication Pumps for Petter Engines. Lister & Petter Engines were the workhorse of the British Empire, known now as Lister Petter after combining in 1986. L&S are proud to still provide spares for some of the original Lister Petter Engines!

To set the scene, the Lamp House on the Hazel Lane Colliery Site was a challenging building to work in but this did not dampen Alan & Wyns enthusiasm to grow. As we have mentioned in our previous stories, the building was cold, draughty & bleak in the winters but the summers were good, and the work became more enjoyable. We continued to manufacture endless amounts of Water pump strainers, starting handles & jockey legs for trailers.

A Week Working with Villiers in the 1960's || Wyn Lees

By Wyn Lees 1 month ago 15263 Views No comments
A Week Working in Villiers Stores in the 1960's with Wyn Lees

In the 1960's, whilst working for Reliant Plant in Walsall Wood, I was invited to work a week in the Villiers warehouse. Reliant Plant was, at the time, Villiers main dealers in the Staffordshire Area. The warehouse was based in Upper Villiers Street/Marston Road in Wolverhampton. This experience was a real eye opener for me to see the sheer volume of spare parts and engines. I worked alongside Ted Cosgrove, the Stores Manager & his assistant John Tipton. Working to pull orders for the UK agents and overseeing customers. The warehouse was a hive of activity, full of large wooden packing cases, which stored Villiers C12 Engines. Each packed carefully with spare parts surrounding the engines to fill the cases, as these could be shipped to any where in the world.