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    Posted: 04 Mar 2012 at 10:17pm
Hi
This is my first post to the forum so please accept my apologies for any errors. I am at present trying to renovate a Howard Bulldog Ser No 6853.
The engine is a JAP 2A/R under this number is 61455/64.
The machine was bought from that auction site last Novemberish but no work was started till Christmas.
I have managed to get a manual of sorts for the engine but have very little information on the rotavator itself. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
The engine has been partially stripped and the carb cleaned ,the points were missing a clip that held them on the post . With this replaced and the carb rebuilt I filled the float chamber and the engine started and ran long enough to vibrate the workmate bench it was bolted to and my wife who was holding one end of the bench some 5 feet across the garage.
I called this success I shan,t repeat what she called it.
I will attempt to load some photos later.
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Quote plotholder Replybullet Posted: 04 Mar 2012 at 11:15pm

Photos hopefully.
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Quote Charlie Replybullet Posted: 05 Mar 2012 at 7:41am
Glad to hear you are making good progress. The Bulldog was renamed the Bullfinch after a dispute with Lanz tractors over use of the Bulldog name.
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Quote series1gem Replybullet Posted: 05 Mar 2012 at 6:18pm
The bulldog was introduced in 1954, less than 12mths later in 1955 as charlie says the namne was changed to bullfinch, after a dispute with the tractor manufacturer Lanz. The engine a jap 2a was 1.25hp. The machine was offered in 10 inch form and with extensions could be increased to 14 inch. In 1957 the demon was added to the range, basically the same machine but had a more powerfull 120cc bsa engine instead. For more info see my website www.howardgem.webs.com I can supply manuals at cost, but due to a new baby will not be able for a month or so. Forum member TITCH can do the decals for the engine and rotor sheild, send him a p.m.
Vapormatic do a very good howard orange. Hope this helps, definatley worth restoring as a very rare machine.
If it isnt orange it isnt a rotavator
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Quote plotholder Replybullet Posted: 05 Mar 2012 at 7:58pm
Thanks for your replies and information I will definitley require manuals when series1gem hasthe time. I appreciate that has far more pressing commitments and I have plenty of cleaning and painting to be doing.
My Bulldog has a complete 'u' shape handle bar I have only found one illustration of this, is it correct or has it been taken from another machine.
Everything about the handle bar looks correct and still has an open ended spanner in the holder.
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Quote series1gem Replybullet Posted: 05 Mar 2012 at 9:31pm
Hi, yes this type of handlebar was an option, I am yet to find out the reason why. I have a set of handlebars like this that was fitted to one of my bullfinches. My bulldog has the more conventional type. There is a few brochures floating around with your type shown.
 
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Quote plotholder Replybullet Posted: 07 Mar 2012 at 8:21pm
Included with this machine is a furrower/plough blade however I think a part is missing , or it is from a different machine, as I cannot see how to attach it.
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Quote series1gem Replybullet Posted: 07 Mar 2012 at 8:30pm

The one ive got attaches to the depth leg.

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Quote plotholder Replybullet Posted: 07 Mar 2012 at 8:37pm
The bottom fixing is welded or rivetted in as if to fit in a slot and my depth stop has no holes for this or the bolt so may be not for this machine.
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Quote series1gem Replybullet Posted: 07 Mar 2012 at 8:47pm
Perhaps you could drill a couple of holes?
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Quote plotholder Replybullet Posted: 07 Mar 2012 at 9:17pm
Thats a possibility but I would need to check clearances with the rotors and the shroud and its in bits at the minute. Have the two tapped holes in the end of the rotor gear casing got anything to do with it?
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Quote series1gem Replybullet Posted: 07 Mar 2012 at 10:18pm
Those holes are the ones that the rotorshield support bracket bolts to.
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Quote plotholder Replybullet Posted: 07 Mar 2012 at 10:33pm
Thanks your quite right as I say its all in bits at the moment.
Going to release the upper bolt on the furrower/plough then clean out all the mud and try it for size on the depth stop which also requires freeing asits totally immobile at the minute. Something to do while paint is drying .
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Quote pete0250 Replybullet Posted: 07 Mar 2012 at 10:57pm
Don't want to teach Grandma to suck eggs BUT, the ridger body which fits on the Howard 350 and looks very similar to this one fits on with an inverted J shaped hook. The longer shaft of the J slides inbetween the two plates on the inside of the ridger. The short shaft of the J then fits in place of the depth skid beneath the rear flap. How this applies to the Bulldog I am not sure. Hope this helps, Pete
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Quote plotholder Replybullet Posted: 26 Nov 2012 at 8:51pm
Hi all
Its been far too long since I posted but some progress has been made.
The chassis has been cleaned and repainted and now looks like this.
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Quote pmackellow Replybullet Posted: 26 Nov 2012 at 10:11pm
Looking good...

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Quote lauber1 Replybullet Posted: 27 Nov 2012 at 7:49am
yes very clean and new looking. Dont you just love it when it all come together.
restoring history, one bolt at a time.
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Quote plotholder Replybullet Posted: 23 Dec 2012 at 9:55pm
Some progress has been made engine finished for now. As you will see there is nothing between the air filter and the carb, does anyone have some photos of what was there or an idea of a suitable replacement. Other wise I will have to fabricate something from either aluminium breather pipe or rubber pipes.
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Quote will_haggle Replybullet Posted: 28 Dec 2012 at 10:48am
Picture of the ridger...



My Bullfinch should have that type of air cleaner but is also missing the aluminium U-tube that connects the carb. Some had a different arrangement...

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Quote plotholder Replybullet Posted: 28 Dec 2012 at 7:00pm
Thanks very much for the pictures and information looks like I will have to make something up to join the air filter to the carb.
i have at last started assembly and photos show the progress so far.
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Quote plotholder Replybullet Posted: 28 Dec 2012 at 7:03pm
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Quote series1gem Replybullet Posted: 28 Dec 2012 at 10:41pm
Hi there was 2 types of airfilter fitted to the bulldog. The one that will haggle has shown is different to one youve got. On yours there was a rubber tube that connected the air filter to carb. Meetens still sell them for about 30 quid delivered.
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Quote will_haggle Replybullet Posted: 29 Dec 2012 at 9:48am
Thanks for that info, I didn't know what it was....
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Quote plotholder Replybullet Posted: 30 Dec 2012 at 12:23pm
Great information I will e-mail Meetens straight away.
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Quote plotholder Replybullet Posted: 30 Dec 2012 at 12:31pm
Re-fitted the engine now working on throttle lever on which the centre post is snapped tried various glues but haven't found anything satisfactory yet.
Thought about welding but the material doesn't look could be like the old mazak castings that just melt away when they see the torch coming..
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Quote plotholder Replybullet Posted: 30 Dec 2012 at 12:35pm
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Quote plotholder Replybullet Posted: 01 Jan 2013 at 8:01pm
its now time to refill with oil. I have straight SAE 30 for the engine and straight SAE 140 (non EP) for the two gearboxes . I dont have a manual so I took this information from various sources is this the right oils for the machine.
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Quote series1gem Replybullet Posted: 01 Jan 2013 at 8:27pm
Again Meetens should be able to supply a new throttle lever. I allways use sae90 in my gearbox but i'm sure i have seen sae140 also listed for them.Looks like a nice job youve done, sorry i forgot all about the manual.
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Quote plotholder Replybullet Posted: 01 Jan 2013 at 8:29pm
thanks for the help i will fill up and see how much stays in there,
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Quote Charlie Replybullet Posted: 01 Jan 2013 at 8:36pm
In my copy of the Bantam owners manual it states sae140 throughout lubrication instructions for engine in the engine handbook.
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Quote gardenattwo Replybullet Posted: 01 Jan 2013 at 10:25pm
This furrower is for a Howard 300/350, I have one. It is too big for a Bulldog or Bantam
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