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Unknown engine - Any ideas?

Post by dhammond on Sat Mar 10 2012, 13:58

Below are pictures of an engine I got towards the end of last year. Its original owner had passed away and his son did not know much about it apart from he had seen it running when he was young in his fathers farm connected to a dynamo to charge batteries.

It is not currently running as there is no spark from the magneto. The magneto is marked M-L Coventry. The pickup to the magneto is broken and I have yet to find a replacement (any suggestions). I suspect that I will probably change it to a Lucas RS1 if I can find an anticlockwise one anywhere so I can at least get the engine running. I cannot find any makers mark on the engine.

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I have looked on the internet and have yet to see an image that matches this engine.

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Re: Unknown engine - Any ideas?

Post by mike d on Sat Mar 10 2012, 14:10

hi david..
lovely looking engine,its got a gas engine look about it but im not 100% sure what it is....
it wont be long before you find out what it is,theres some clever fellers on here...
if you want any magneto work doing theres a feller on here called Andrew,along with his dad they have repaired thousands of mags over the years...i had many done by them,if you pm me i can send you a phone number
they live in Bristol,don't know were you live as its not listed in your avatar...ive welcomed you to the forum in the new members section....
regards,mike..


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Post by stationary stu on Sat Mar 10 2012, 14:58

I'm the same not sure what it is, there's a few places that sell mag parts it's just find the correct one.

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Re: Unknown engine - Any ideas?

Post by dhammond on Sat Mar 10 2012, 15:37

Thank you for the link. I have used them in the past when my father and I were restoring a Coventry Climax fire pump for a friend of mine.

Below is an image of what remains of the pickup.
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The brass screw for connecting to the coil lead is not holding in the remains of the housing. If I can find a replacement pickup I may be able to recondition the magneto myself.

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Re: Unknown engine - Any ideas?

Post by dhammond on Sat Mar 10 2012, 16:24

Finally got the magneto off. The magneto is a M-L Coventry type K1 (no CA 41411). Does anyone know where I can get a pickup for this?

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Re: Unknown engine - Any ideas?

Post by mike d on Sat Mar 10 2012, 16:27

David PM me and i can give you the phone number of Andrew/martin in Bristol..he will be able to help you,they have shed loads of spares for mags..
they can post it to you if your not near them..
mike...

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Re: Unknown engine - Any ideas?

Post by mike d on Sat Mar 10 2012, 16:36

hi David..ive sent you a PM.....
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Re: Unknown engine - Any ideas?

Post by DanBoy on Tue Mar 13 2012, 11:51

Stuart Turner made some horizontal engines which had a chain driven magneto. I don't have any pics but it's a starting point.

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Re: Unknown engine - Any ideas?

Post by dhammond on Wed Mar 14 2012, 20:08

M L magneto now working and giving a proper spark. Saves having the change all of the sprockets and chains to take a different mag.

Condenser had shorted out but coil was still OK. Modern replacement capacitor fitted after much swearing at trying to get the old one out of the rotor assembly and praying that the head of the rusty screws that held the old capacitor in place did not shear. One step closer to getting the engine running Very Happy .

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Re: Unknown engine - Any ideas?

Post by stationary stu on Thu Mar 15 2012, 11:26

Great news you've managed to sort it now just the mystery of what it is to solve.

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Re: Unknown engine - Any ideas?

Post by PetterM on Thu Mar 15 2012, 19:12

stationary stu wrote:Great news you've managed to sort it now just the mystery of what it is to solve.

Stu.

In fairness, it's not a hugely uncommon engine and has been successfully identified on two other forums.

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Re: Unknown engine - Any ideas?

Post by mike d on Thu Mar 15 2012, 20:25

as we know its a leak engine..but it seems a pity it wasn't identified by yourself.....

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Re: Unknown engine - Any ideas?

Post by PetterM on Thu Mar 15 2012, 20:27

mike d wrote:as we know its a leek engine..but it seems a pity it wasn't identified by yourself.....

Leek, actually. Wink

And I had identified it; I just chose not to post.


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