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Quote series1gem Replybullet Posted: 05 Nov 2011 at 5:41pm
Ive sent a pm, but meetens should be supply exhaust aswell, in the past i have had a briggs pepper pot exhaust welded to the stub thats usually left.
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Quote series1gem Replybullet Posted: 01 Jun 2013 at 6:45pm
I have decided its high time i finished off this rare little rotavator, so at least one of my unfinished projects can be ticked off the list.
I pulled it out of the shed wheres its sat for the last few years and have given it a once over. The rear rotor box has resiezed up in storage and to be totally honest with you ive never been totally happy with its condition so have removed it from the machine.
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Quote series1gem Replybullet Posted: 01 Jun 2013 at 6:46pm
I had a good spare one in my other shed.
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Quote series1gem Replybullet Posted: 01 Jun 2013 at 6:47pm
This was then fitted to the gearbox, as an added bonus the tines are a lot less worn.
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Quote series1gem Replybullet Posted: 01 Jun 2013 at 6:50pm
Pictured here is probably the most usefull tool ive got,scince the breakin at my work, and one of these was amongst the stollen items my boss insists that its taken home ever night, I'm very happy to do so as it means i can use it on my projects, saving hours when it comes to tightening and undoing bolts.
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Quote series1gem Replybullet Posted: 02 Jun 2013 at 12:13pm
My attention today turned to the enginge, after checking it with the jap dating chart its actually off a later machine. However on my Bullfinch ive actually got an engine that came off a Bulldog, and agaisnt the factory records is only a few digits out. So i will fit it to this machine and fit the engine that was on this to my bullfinch.
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Quote series1gem Replybullet Posted: 02 Jun 2013 at 12:16pm
After removal the first job is to give the little engine a once over. I quickly relapped the exhaust valve in and cleaned and reset the points to 0.20".
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Quote series1gem Replybullet Posted: 02 Jun 2013 at 12:17pm
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Quote series1gem Replybullet Posted: 02 Jun 2013 at 12:19pm
Next step is to turn my attention to the tin work, there is one little dent in it so this has been filled and will now be rubbed down ready for a repaint.
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Quote Stuart. Replybullet Posted: 02 Jun 2013 at 6:05pm
Whilst the flywheel is off change that brass Wico condensor for a new,modern one.I have checked loads of these over the years and i have never had a good one yet !!.I would put money on it yours is past its best [IMG]smileys/smiley2.gif" align="middle" />
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Quote series1gem Replybullet Posted: 02 Jun 2013 at 6:12pm
Originally posted by Stuart.

Whilst the flywheel is off change that brass Wico condensor for a new,modern one.I have checked loads of these over the years and i have never had a good one yet !!.I would put money on it yours is past its best [IMG]smileys/smiley2.gif" align="middle" />

Do you know the best place to source one? This ngine does at present run very well, but then again is nearly 60 years old so will gladly change it.
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Quote Stuart. Replybullet Posted: 02 Jun 2013 at 8:20pm
Maybe a Tecumseh condensor will fit in that small space ??.Even if you could find a NOS Wico brass one i dont think it would be any good due to its age.
I have used these Tecumseh condensors on my 1970,s 50cc Minarelli engines and they are very good.
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Quote series1gem Replybullet Posted: 02 Jun 2013 at 8:33pm
Originally posted by Stuart.

Maybe a Tecumseh condensor will fit in that small space ??.Even if you could find a NOS Wico brass one i dont think it would be any good due to its age.
I have used these Tecumseh condensors on my 1970,s 50cc Minarelli engines and they are very good.

Thankyou, i will look into it.
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Quote series1gem Replybullet Posted: 02 Jun 2013 at 8:55pm
One of the most unusual items ive got for this project is an original canvas engine cover, very kindly donated to me last year by another forum member. Yes i know it actually says Bullfinch but both machines are exactly the same. Here it is hanging up to dry after a very low temperature wash in the machine as it had quite a bit of soiling on it.
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Quote series1gem Replybullet Posted: 02 Jun 2013 at 8:57pm
The idea was that you could leave your machine out year round but keep the engine protected.
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Quote howardhoe Replybullet Posted: 02 Jun 2013 at 11:34pm
I have to say i am loving this! Never knew of a cover and didn't know any bulldogs still existed. How many bulldogs have survived over there? I always thought they made so few that they disapeared. How lucky is that you had the right engine for a bulldog on your bullfinch!!
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Quote series1gem Replybullet Posted: 03 Jun 2013 at 7:27am
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I have to say i am loving this! Never knew of a cover and didn't know any bulldogs still existed. How many bulldogs have survived over there? I always thought they made so few that they disapeared. How lucky is that you had the right engine for a bulldog on your bullfinch!!
I have heard to about 5 Bulldogs at the present. This engine was what started my collection, when i was about 14 an old boy asked if I could change the engine on his little Howard Bulldog as he was finding it too hard to start scince he turned 80, so I found him a Honda G100 and saved the Jap from going in the skip,then restored it over the next few weeks, eventually fitting it to a Bullfinch, many years later.
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Quote Burnsy Replybullet Posted: 03 Jun 2013 at 11:34am
Originally posted by series1gem

One of the most unusual items ive got for this project is an original canvas engine cover, very kindly donated to me last year by another forum member. Yes i know it actually says Bullfinch but both machines are exactly the same. Here it is hanging up to dry after a very low temperature wash in the machine as it had quite a bit of soiling on it.
 
How cool is that, I wonder if it was a Howard item or one that was knocked up by an agent.  Any chance you want to take some more photos and make up a pattern for it?  They look like they would be pretty easy to replicate.
 
 
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Quote series1gem Replybullet Posted: 03 Jun 2013 at 10:39pm
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Originally posted by series1gem

One of the most unusual items ive got for this project is an original canvas engine cover, very kindly donated to me last year by another forum member. Yes i know it actually says Bullfinch but both machines are exactly the same. Here it is hanging up to dry after a very low temperature wash in the machine as it had quite a bit of soiling on it.

How cool is that, I wonder if it was a Howard item or one that was knocked up by an agent. Any chance you want to take some more photos and make up a pattern for it? They look like they would be pretty easy to replicate.
I'll happily take some more shots and measure up on the weekend.
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Quote series1gem Replybullet Posted: 05 Jun 2013 at 9:22pm
Recived some new parts for the project today;
1xThrottle lever
1xSparkplug
2xHandlegrips
1xFueltap plunger,(apparently this is a new type that doent suffer from drying out like the cork ones do-twice the price anyway!)
1xA24 Belt.
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Quote series1gem Replybullet Posted: 05 Jun 2013 at 9:22pm
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Quote will_haggle Replybullet Posted: 07 Jun 2013 at 8:44am
Where did ya get those handlebar grips, they are the closest I've seen to the original John Bull pattern. About the A24 belt, I went into my local (Calne) mower specialist. I asked for an A39 belt and he said that those numbers meant nothing to him!
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Quote Charlie Replybullet Posted: 07 Jun 2013 at 12:42pm
I dare say a mower dealer only works on mower part numbers and has never heard of the proper belt designation.
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Quote series1gem Replybullet Posted: 07 Jun 2013 at 8:37pm
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Where did ya get those handlebar grips, they are the closest I've seen to the original John Bull pattern. About the A24 belt, I went into my local (Calne) mower specialist. I asked for an A39 belt and he said that those numbers meant nothing to him!

Hi Alan handlegrips are item number 200735026818 on ebay.
An A section belt should make sense to anyone in that line.
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Quote will_haggle Replybullet Posted: 08 Jun 2013 at 8:29pm
I'll try a belt specialist in future. I want a pair of grips for a 1946 Raleigh bike! As well as some of my machines. Cheers
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