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My first water cooled engine.

Post by Tony C on Thu Feb 16 2012, 12:05

Have just bought a Wolseley WD8, it hasn't run for several years, it's had a poor paint job sometime in the past & has no compression, (suspect stuck valve). The good bits are it has good spark & is on a really nice trolly with four 10 inch cast wheels. It will have to sit in the shed for a while though till I finnish the Villiers mk25, really looking forward to it. Very Happy

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Re: My first water cooled engine.

Post by mike d on Thu Feb 16 2012, 12:12

hi tony..
sounds like a simple restoration,sticking valves are a common thing on the wolseley when they've been laid up for some time,ive had a few of them for my boys over the years..well i still have 2 a WD1 +a WD2,once the sheds sorted etc i will be back out to sort them...i think there nice engines and easy to maintain...
if you need any bits give me a shout as i have some spares for them...
if you get time can you put some pics of the engine for us all to see...
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Thanks Mike

Post by Tony C on Thu Feb 16 2012, 12:35

Thanks for the offer & advice Mike, I'll try to upload pics next weekend as I'm not home till then, you may be hearing from me soon! lol!

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Re: My first water cooled engine.

Post by mike d on Thu Feb 16 2012, 12:51

Tony C wrote:Thanks for the offer & advice Mike, I'll try to upload pics next weekend as I'm not home till then, you may be hearing from me soon! lol!

i think worse case scenario it will be the springs will need replacing.....
mike.....

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Re: My first water cooled engine.

Post by matt86 on Thu Feb 16 2012, 18:42

What a cracker of a engine to start with simple little ones , most of the member will agree .

any advice needed just give us a shout .

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Thanks.

Post by Tony C on Thu Feb 16 2012, 19:04

Thanks for that Matt, I must admit I can't wait to get started. Smile

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Re: My first water cooled engine.

Post by matt86 on Thu Feb 16 2012, 19:38

Tony C wrote:Thanks for that Matt, I must admit I can't wait to get started. Smile

I bet you cant , get some pictures up when u can

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Re: My first water cooled engine.

Post by JONESEY on Thu Feb 16 2012, 23:27

Lovely little engine nice and easy to work on and they are a nice looking engine
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Re: My first water cooled engine.

Post by kevjhnsn on Fri Feb 17 2012, 19:47

yeep wolseleys are a joy to work on
easy to look after
and start like a dream
i have a couple of them wd2 and a wld6 thought they would take all summer to get going again as stuck valve leaking water joints ect
and 2 days they were bolth repaired and running
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Re: My first water cooled engine.

Post by mike d on Sat Feb 18 2012, 13:07

i think ive done something wrong ..as my WD2 wont start,all i get is a fuel pumping out of the carb.. Embarassed Embarassed
any ideas what the hell ive done wrong???????
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Re: My first water cooled engine.

Post by kevjhnsn on Sat Feb 18 2012, 14:26

is there crap in the float valve or chamber
also is that thin piece of wire still on the float holding the needle ,if so is the wire in the grove of the needle and not higher or lower
as this couses flooding,cant remember if it a bottom or top feed lol of memory
also if wire gone i used a rubber oring on the needle into the grove worked a treat and still does 7mnths later
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Just having a go at posting the promised pics

Post by Tony C on Sun Feb 19 2012, 13:52






Couldn't resist having a peek inside the valve chest & both valves appear to be popping up & down as they should, so now I presume lack of compression must be due to valves not seating properly, so will be ordering new head gasket ready for strip down.

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Re: My first water cooled engine.

Post by kevjhnsn on Sun Feb 19 2012, 13:59

sounds like you know what your doing with this one
wait for further posts of progress and hoping for a video at the end
thanks kev

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Re: My first water cooled engine.

Post by matt86 on Sun Feb 19 2012, 15:12

Is that going to be a full strip down and repaint ?

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Re Strip down.

Post by Tony C on Sun Feb 19 2012, 16:29

Hi Matt, thats probably the best way to go, but not sure just yet. On looking at things a bit closer its begining to look as if someone has had it down put it back together but failed to get it running again. I took the plate off the water jacket & its as clean as a whistle inside no corodding to speak of, I also checked the oil which looks new as if its never been run.
I'm keeping fingers crossed that the lack of compression is nothing more serious than valves needing lapping.

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Re: My first water cooled engine.

Post by JONESEY on Sun Feb 19 2012, 19:59

Looks great thank for posting photos
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Re: My first water cooled engine.

Post by mike d on Sun Feb 19 2012, 22:59

hi tony..
thanks for sharing the photos with us all..
looks like you have a WD8 tank on the engine,so it mite well be a WD8...
looks like it a straight forward job for you...
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Re: My first water cooled engine.

Post by ian webb on Sun Feb 19 2012, 23:20

Hi, what a lovely little engine you have there, im trying to convince my boy to part with his trusty old D and have a wolseley for a change,
unfortunatley getting him to part with his D is like getting mike to open his wallet, B###dy impossible,
anyway good luck with your engine hope all goes well,
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Re: My first water cooled engine.

Post by matt86 on Sun Feb 19 2012, 23:22

mike d wrote:hi tony..
thanks for sharing the photos with us all..
looks like you have a WD8 tank on the engine,so it mite well be a WD8...
looks like it a straight forward job for you...
mike...

mike its not a wd8 tank , looks like a petter A1 tank remember my wd2 had one on ......

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Re: My first water cooled engine.

Post by stationary stu on Mon Feb 20 2012, 11:52

Looks to be a good clean engine I think I'd sort out the running before doing anything else. My WD8 was a none runner when I bought it, I found it was fuel problems, sorted them out then stripped it for painting.

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Took the head off today

Post by Tony C on Sun Apr 01 2012, 19:26

Removed the wd8 head today & inside its not a pretty site, but once I cleaned all the gunge away which was soft as sh*t things don't seem so bad. there is no burning on the valves & they seem to seat fine, my question is what tools will I need other then a sucker stick & paste to remove the valves, ( is a vale spring compresser needed ) for a wolseley.





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Re: My first water cooled engine.

Post by JONESEY on Sun Apr 01 2012, 22:56

Just a screw driver and a pair of plyers, sit the head back on then leaver the valve spring up and pull the dowel pin out Smile
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Re: My first water cooled engine.

Post by stationary stu on Mon Apr 02 2012, 11:52

It's a bit fiddley Tony and you need to take the side cover off behind mag (one bolt holding it) and careful you don't loss anything.

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Re: My first water cooled engine.

Post by Tony C on Mon Apr 02 2012, 15:55

Thanks for that Stu & Jonesey, I will give it a go, just ordered new copper gasket & cutting paste so may make some progress this week.
cheers Tony

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Thanks to Stu & Jonesey

Post by Tony C on Sun Apr 08 2012, 14:46

Thanks for the instructions Stu & Jonesey, I spent a few hours on the WD8 this weekend I ground in the valves & replaced the head gasket with a copper one, it's turn out to be a great success, I nearly fainted with shock when she fired up on the third swing and running a treat Very Happy

Now going to start the repaint & hopefully she will be ready to show in a few weeks time. Cool

Happy Days, Cheers Tony.

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