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Post by Hughesy on Sat Jan 19 2013, 22:21

Hello all


Yesterday i decided it was time to restore the lauson. The engine is going to have a full de coking internally and then be painted.

I have found patches of orignal paint under the emulsion type paint that was slapped on top of it whilst it was in the states. i have matched this to a craftmasters paint which matches the original very well.

The engine is now in bits completely.









The engine now needs the paint stripping off of it all. The nuts and bolts have all been cleaned and polished, they will now require a coat of boiled linseed oil.

I will post up more photos tommorrow.

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Re: Lauson Open Crank Restoration

Post by steve w on Sun Jan 20 2013, 07:48

will look forward to seeing the pics, you used Boiled Linseed oil? is that just to prevent rust and lubricate? steve

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Re: Lauson Open Crank Restoration

Post by Hughesy on Sun Jan 20 2013, 10:01

They will have a coat of linseed oil to protect the heads from rusting.
And to keep them shiney. I could also use a clear laquer.

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Re: Lauson Open Crank Restoration

Post by stationary stu on Sun Jan 20 2013, 12:51

Wow another interesting project Lewis and I thought you would have wanted to finish the other engine first.

Good luck and hope it all goes well with no nasty finds.

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Re: Lauson Open Crank Restoration

Post by Hughesy on Sun Jan 20 2013, 13:27

I have started this project for something to do in the evenings when it's too dark to do the turner. The turner is very near on completing. Lewis

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Re: Lauson Open Crank Restoration

Post by Hughesy on Sun Jan 20 2013, 18:25

Hello All

I Have cleaned the engine paintwork off today. There was a big surprise when i uncovered a lot of original paint.






I then cleaned the bottom mounting base unfortuantly no original paint on there only thick mud that had been painted over.







Heres the nuts and bolts that i have polished up and are now coated in boiled linseed oil to stop them rusting.




The smaller parts shall all sand blasted.
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Post by steve w on Sun Jan 20 2013, 18:50

thats a good way of remembering what the bolts are for - i was going to ask if you chaps take loads of pics as you dismantle an engine,

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Re: Lauson Open Crank Restoration

Post by Hughesy on Sun Jan 20 2013, 19:19

I have Photographed everything as ive took it apart. The timing, bearing caps etc. I also write alot of things down on the shed walls that way i can never lose the paperwork.

I also mark all the bearing caps etc with a punch and mark all the shims where they have come from.

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Re: Lauson Open Crank Restoration

Post by matt86 on Sun Jan 20 2013, 21:45

Where did you get this little gem from .... ?

Its nice , dont paint it in my opinion .

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Re: Lauson Open Crank Restoration

Post by Hughesy on Sun Jan 20 2013, 21:50

The engine will be painted as the other parts have no original paint on them. If it was all original I wouldn't have painted it. But it's going to be painted now.

I got it from a company that imports tractors and engines once a year from the states. I've had it for 7 months now And rallied it the end of the season last year.

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Re: Lauson Open Crank Restoration

Post by matt86 on Sun Jan 20 2013, 22:17

Hughesy wrote:The engine will be painted as the other parts have no original paint on them. If it was all original I wouldn't have painted it. But it's going to be painted now.

I got it from a company that imports tractors and engines once a year from the states. I've had it for 7 months now And rallied it the end of the season last year.

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Not from a chap who goes to enstone with a trailer full of american engines , he also imports american tractors and the like . also there is a company in Belgium that does the same thing ..

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Re: Lauson Open Crank Restoration

Post by Hughesy on Sun Jan 20 2013, 22:19

Us tractors. He was there with a trailer full at enstone.
There great to deal with and local to me.

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Post by matt86 on Sun Jan 20 2013, 22:36

Hughesy wrote:Us tractors. He was there with a trailer full at enstone.
There great to deal with and local to me.

Many thanks Lewis

cheers lewis , have you got any contact details ? if so pm me

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Re: Lauson Open Crank Restoration

Post by Hughesy on Tue Jan 29 2013, 19:57

Hello

The last couple days the weather has warmed up and has been ideal for painting. so i have been putting the primer on the engine. 2 coats of primer have been applied to the engine. The engine has been painted in craftmaster paint and i would highly recommend it.








The top coat was then painted tonight. Pictures to come Later.

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Re: Lauson Open Crank Restoration

Post by Hughesy on Tue Jan 29 2013, 21:04

Pictures of the top coat.









Another coat will get applied tommorrow night hopefully.

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Re: Lauson Open Crank Restoration

Post by stationary stu on Thu Jan 31 2013, 16:33

All looking good Lewis, keep up the good work. Very Happy

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Re: Lauson Open Crank Restoration

Post by Hughesy on Mon Feb 11 2013, 20:29

Well the engine has gone back together now. Really happy with the paint work has come out well.







Once the weather brightens up ill get the engine out and get some better photos.

Hope you all like it.
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Re: Lauson Open Crank Restoration

Post by steve w on Mon Feb 11 2013, 20:40

will look forward to seeing it fire up - will you be taking a video?

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Re: Lauson Open Crank Restoration

Post by Hughesy on Mon Feb 11 2013, 20:42

Certainly will be there was a video on youtube of it running before restoration at a local rally.

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Re: Lauson Open Crank Restoration

Post by stationary stu on Tue Feb 12 2013, 12:21

Nice paint job Lewis, just a bit of a shock affraid affraid that you've gone for everything black. Will you be cleaning off and polishing the brass parts or leaving it as it is now.

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Re: Lauson Open Crank Restoration

Post by Hughesy on Tue Feb 12 2013, 18:31

The colour is favourite green not black, the pictures don't do it any justice they aren't very good. The paint is green with polished brass. I must agree does look black in the photos.

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Post by stationary stu on Wed Feb 13 2013, 12:11

Very Happy It's green, phew, I thought it was odd sort of colour for you to be painting it, if I look close at the last pic I can see the green. Very Happy Very Happy

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Re: Lauson Open Crank Restoration

Post by kevjhnsn on Wed Feb 13 2013, 16:17

looks nice mate
what a bout a video of her running then Very Happy Very Happy
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Re: Lauson Open Crank Restoration

Post by Hughesy on Sun Feb 17 2013, 18:19

I got this engine out today to take some better photographs.

Hope these look better.









Thats the engine all finished now unless i find a small water pump to go on the back where the Vacuum pump once was.

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Re: Lauson Open Crank Restoration

Post by Foden on Sun Feb 17 2013, 19:27

You obviously didn't win that Alpha vacuum pump on ebay then Lewis, that would have looked good on there. They are a bit like rocking horse poo! Smile

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