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I've just acquired a one owner1988 dowdeswell 650 fitted with a ruggerni Diesel engine,thought it would look good to show how the gems evolved over the years. It looks really strange without the fuel tank on the handlebars. Does anyone else own one? Photos to follow as soon as I get it back home.
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Quote howardhoe Replybullet Posted: 09 Oct 2013 at 2:31pm

I don't think many of these made it down here but i have seen photo's of one somewhere, think it might have been on ebay. I dont recall seeing a fuel tank on the handlebars, will be interesting the see photo's of yours.

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Quote will_haggle Replybullet Posted: 09 Oct 2013 at 2:49pm
6 months ago I couldn't even spell engineer - now I are one
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Quote wristpin Replybullet Posted: 09 Oct 2013 at 5:09pm
That looks like the petrol version - Kohler?
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Quote pmackellow Replybullet Posted: 09 Oct 2013 at 5:41pm




One of these then...

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Quote series1gem Replybullet Posted: 09 Oct 2013 at 6:56pm
The above ones ar all the petrol version, but show the missing tank.
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Quote series1gem Replybullet Posted: 09 Oct 2013 at 6:57pm
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Quote series1gem Replybullet Posted: 09 Oct 2013 at 6:57pm
Needs a good clean up and thourgh service
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Quote pmackellow Replybullet Posted: 09 Oct 2013 at 6:58pm
The engine spec on the brochure does list a Ruggerini Diesel...

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Quote series1gem Replybullet Posted: 09 Oct 2013 at 7:35pm
Just found out this instruction book and couple of sales leaflets.Both seem to only show images of the petrol engine though.
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Quote series1gem Replybullet Posted: 09 Oct 2013 at 7:37pm

Very, very late super 650.
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Quote pmackellow Replybullet Posted: 09 Oct 2013 at 7:42pm
The brochure you have top right is the other side of the scanned side printed above.

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Quote series1gem Replybullet Posted: 09 Oct 2013 at 8:03pm
Mine has along way to go before looking as good as above,hopefully after a jet wash though...
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Quote series1gem Replybullet Posted: 09 Oct 2013 at 8:14pm
My biggest concern is the condition of the engine. My past experiences of ruggerni has not been good. Here's hopping I'm proved wrong.
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Quote garfield Replybullet Posted: 09 Oct 2013 at 9:04pm
hi im sure i have the same model has it got d 20 stamped on it as sadly the grab at the scrap yard got it before me still worth saving loads ov time and care will bring it back 2 life lots ov parts to find first
Thanking you in anticipation
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Quote series1gem Replybullet Posted: 09 Oct 2013 at 9:58pm
Originally posted by garfield

hi im sure i have the same model has it got d 20 stamped on it as sadly the grab at the scrap yard got it before me still worth saving loads ov time and care will bring it back 2 life lots ov parts to find first [IMG]smileys/smiley19.gif" align="middle" />
A lot of the parts are the same as gems, I've broken a few let me know what you need and ill help if I can.
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Quote howardhoe Replybullet Posted: 10 Oct 2013 at 1:01pm
From the photo's the one i saw was a kohler type. I wonder if any of the diesel types made it to Australia. I know they were still selling them here until production stopped but i don't see the later models around.
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Quote wristpin Replybullet Posted: 10 Oct 2013 at 4:15pm
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My biggest concern is the condition of the engine. My past experiences of ruggerni has not been good. Here's hopping I'm proved wrong.


No favourite of mine, however I believe that a lot of the problems blamed on the engine were possibly due to the OEM saying "we need a diesel" and just bolting on the lump without any re-engineering of the chassis to suit its vibrational characteristics.  
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Quote Jimmy C Replybullet Posted: 12 Oct 2013 at 2:34pm
The Ruggerini diesel engine looks very similar to the older type Lombardini engine, Was Ruggerini owned by Lombardini?.
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Quote series1gem Replybullet Posted: 12 Oct 2013 at 2:52pm
I know the two were connected not sure if it was badge engineering though.
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Quote wristpin Replybullet Posted: 12 Oct 2013 at 4:41pm
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Quote wristpin Replybullet Posted: 12 Oct 2013 at 4:46pm
Don't think there was any connection but Lombardini are now owned by Kohler who are  supplying small 4 pot diesels to JCB for some of their smaller kit. JCB are now expanding their own engine range to include 6 cylinder lumps for some of their larger stuff!
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