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Dutch Villiers Mark 15

Post by Mark15 user on Sun Sep 14 2014, 14:29

Dear forum members,

Hereby I want to post the repair jobs of my Villiers Mark 15 engine.
I'm new in the stationairy engine world. Therefore  I'm open minded for your suggstions of comments.x

Improvement points:

Big end bearings gone  
No compression
Exhaust missing
Air filter box missing
Optical attention

Managaged to get the flywheel of without too much problems.
Cleaned the valvs and valve seats and mounted the push rod of the exhaust valve again.
Piston and rings were freed from a severe carbon layer.
Now I managed to get compression again Very Happy

After that I checked the coil and the HT lead.
First thought was that the coil was gone
After refitting the spark plug cap on the cable and adjusting the points and ignition and yes ...
there was a blue spark on the plug bom

Cleaned the carburator and put in a small amount of break cleaner.
After a few turns the engine runs cheers  



After a good cleaning the engine looks much better now.
See the new exhaust which is temporarly mounted for drying afterthe paint job.
I've used Flexa heat resistant paint. I like the shiny look of it and hope the paint will last.



Hope you like my project
Will keep you updated the coming months.
Next plans are the repair of the fuel tank and the cowl. ( a lot of dents in it  Sad )
Also the pulley was mistreated by hammer hits Mad
I guess the small locking screws were not noticed by the previous owner.

More pictures will follow.

Greetings from the Netherlands

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Overhauling part 1

Post by Mark15 user on Tue Sep 23 2014, 20:44

Dear forum members
I've continued the work on my Viliers Mk15 engine

  • Replacement big end bearings

Big end bearings were replaced.
The new bearings were mounted with the assembly lugs towards the camshaft.


  • Cylinder and Cylinderhead

The valves were cleaned in an earlier stage.

Paper gasket of the rocker cover seems too thin.
I've seen some Mk15 engines with a rubber gasket.
Where can I purchase such a gasket?

The new cylinderhead gasket was mounted.
Assuming the gasket is mounted correctly on the picture?

(No top marking on the gasket)
After degreasing the cylinderhead and cylinder were painted with heat resistant paint

Next step will be the overhauling of the engine cowl and the fuel tank.
Due to several dents and rust this will be a lot of work to get them shining again.

Keep you updated!

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Re: Dutch Villiers Mark 15

Post by kevjhnsn on Tue Sep 23 2014, 23:34

nice work so far cheers  steef
keep the pics  coming, and the good work too.
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Re: Dutch Villiers Mark 15

Post by StewartH on Wed Sep 24 2014, 08:39

Hello Steef,

Thanks for sharing your progress - its always an interesting read to see how others restor their projects - and i really like the 'flexa' paint on the exhaust - it suits the engine well in my opinion.

Keep the reports coming and good luck!

Best

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Villiers Mk15 Overhauling fueltank

Post by Mark15 user on Tue Sep 30 2014, 19:48

I've started with the overhauling of the fuel tank.
Many layers of old paint and some rust and dents.

First the inside was cleaned with grid and degreaser (dasty)
Bought car filler to fill up the dents.


Filling - sanding - filling sanding etc. Mad Mad
After a first spray with Motip Spray Putty the looks are much better. Laughing

P.s. don't worry about the fuel tap. A new one is already available.
This one is good enough to protect the thread from paint.
More pictures will follow after spraying with the green topcoat.

After that the overhauling of the cowl will be the next step.
The top plate located at the spark plug is seriously damaged by rust and some cracks.
Still looking for a solution; main concern is the deformation of the thin sheet metal caused by welding.
Who has experience with this operation? I'm open minded for your suggestions.

Keep you updated Laughing


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Cowl cosmetic operation

Post by Mark15 user on Mon Oct 13 2014, 16:48

Dear Forum members,

I've started the cosmetic work on the cowl.
The most work was to straighten the top plate near the spark plug.
The cracks where welded by TIG welding.
A local welder helped me with this job.
To get more strength for the bolt connection I've decided to weld on a ring to the plate.
Also a few dents on the radius near the flywheel where filled.


After straightening and removing the rust some filler was added . (See picture)

I've used Motip spray putty which fills up small skratches.
A lot of sanding, and refilling later the original shape came back Laughing



I've finally found the right top coat color.
A local car parts shop has made spray cans for me with the right color.



Due to the sunshine the green color looks very bright on the picture.
However the real color comes close to RAL 6001



After all I am confident with the result.  Smile

Next part is the top coat for the tank and the engine.
Keep you updated

Best regards,

Steef


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Re: Dutch Villiers Mark 15

Post by kevjhnsn on Tue Oct 14 2014, 13:33

coming along very well there mate
cant wait for the finished look, and a video of your hard work coming back to life again
thanks for the great post so far
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Update fit the cowl (Pictures)

Post by Mark15 user on Mon Oct 27 2014, 11:34

Hello forummembers,

After the paint job I've mounted the cowl on the engine to see if it has the right fit.
I've made a few pictures.
Next job is painting the tank and engine.
Building a trolley will showed in a saparate chapter at a later stage







Keep you posted. Very Happy

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Re: Dutch Villiers Mark 15

Post by StewartH on Mon Oct 27 2014, 14:41

Hello Steef - great progress - and i am very interested in the Motip spray putty - you are having some first class results with that method - I think i may have to do the same on an old motor body.... just shows that by reading these threads that you can learn something new!

Best

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Motip Spray putty

Post by Mark15 user on Mon Oct 27 2014, 16:59

StewartH wrote:Hello Steef - great progress - and i am very interested in the Motip spray putty - you are having some first class results with that method - I think i may have to do the same on an old motor body.... just shows that by reading these threads that you can learn something new!

Best

Hamish
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Hi Stewart,

Thanks for your compliments.
Sanding and spraying is an interesting learning curve for me.
First time that I did this. Realising it is not a "car finish"

Spray putty is a very different way of spraying than the top coat.
After filling I've used rust stop as a first layer and then sprayed several layers of spray putty.
The users guide tells you that you can sand after an hour; however the layer is than too soft.
I've started to sand with 180 grainsize; than 320 grainsize; than 600 grainsize. (wet)
Before the topcoat I've rubbed carefully with scotchbrite.

Be carefull if you want to degrease with brake cleaner. This is too aggressive for the spray putty.
Hope this will help you a little bit.

Best regards, Steef


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Paint job update

Post by Mark15 user on Sun Nov 02 2014, 23:41

Hello forum members,

Today I've painted the tank and the engine block.
Due to the unusual high temperature the painting conditions where almost perfect.
See some pictures below.
Also a new seal for the pulley drivingg shaft was mounted
Next step is the overhauling of the pulley













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Re: Dutch Villiers Mark 15

Post by Woodsman on Tue Nov 04 2014, 10:13

Hi Steef,
Fantastic work! I have been taking pictures of my renovation of a Villiers MK10 but I hesitate to publish them as your efforts put mine to shame.

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Re: Dutch Villiers Mark 15

Post by Mark15 user on Tue Nov 04 2014, 17:30

Hello Woodsman,

Please publish your pictures.
Don' t worry about the results.
We are all in a learning curve.

Looking forward to see your pictures

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Re: Dutch Villiers Mark 15

Post by stationary stu on Sun Nov 09 2014, 18:51

What a first class restoration you've done Steef, something to be proud of. I don't think they looked that good out of the factory. cheers cheers

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Tank mounted pictures

Post by Mark15 user on Mon Nov 10 2014, 10:12

Hello forum members,

Tank is meanwhile mounted.
See pictures of the current state





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Villiers Mk15 video

Post by Mark15 user on Mon Nov 24 2014, 18:14

Hello forum members,

I've posted a video on the facebook group Villiers JAP ad BSA

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1381308768756377/

Hope this will work. I'm struggling to get the video direct on the forum.

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Re: Dutch Villiers Mark 15

Post by Woodsman on Tue Nov 25 2014, 10:13

Hi Steef.
Not so good for those of us who do not have a facebook account Sad
What about using Photobucket or similar.

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Re: Dutch Villiers Mark 15

Post by Mark15 user on Wed Nov 26 2014, 20:10

@Woodsman,

Link to photobucket.
http://email.photobucket.com/wf/click?upn=k3sgmW4WdFsRhq6oJqnwmdiFZ90cADyoVBGY0E-2B1JtlTuIqjG62vozKb8XN4hZE-2Bz-2FKid2BA4d1YWPlwwssfHtG34a7Sre8UQVDK84iqt24FhTrAiae8JTEBB0Ho62g1_LgWh18haW-2Fa6dEoSu1Gqo2Ptr3hYqw5zQzFRUm5PaviVB90qooDXk4K4BlDGmB3RltA-2FynFIF0aiaCytwmkRdRghLbacpQwRzZ1vn64pbb9lBtUT9pB1T-2B1f1FHpSgJMou3-2B9tfgdFd4Jj8nK2jx4Z5iY4TWintEVk1SFs5kmhiLgLpnyFlzi3nhpmTEMCfOsFoU1tCDocBwFwewu2BbCKcUAlWAbvSAVC-2F6G2TOOcVgq-2BHxJ-2FnHXeXuCcfNV0Iz

Hope this will work

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Villiers Mk 15 evaluation

Post by Mark15 user on Wed Nov 26 2014, 20:29

Hello forum members,

Now the engine is running and painted, I want to evaluate the overhauling and make some remarks.
The overhauling was an interesting project and I've learned a lot.
Besides that the overhauling has resulted in a running engine. Very Happy
I've enjoyed your replies on my posts.

Never thought that so many people should look at it.
Some points of improvement remain and will be solved step by step.
Will share some thoughts with you.

I've used BP Petrol RON 98. Engine is running very well on it. However it is very aggressive on paintwork.
See some gray polution on the paintwork. which is difficult to remove.
Do you have the same experience with modern fuel?

New fuel tap keeps dripping. Rubber instead of corck?
What is the best solution?


Originally the fuel tank cap shouldn't have a rubber gasket; correct?
Due to vibrations the fuel cap comes of during running.
How to solve this?

Please let me know your thoughts

Best regards,

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Re: Dutch Villiers Mark 15

Post by Woodsman on Thu Nov 27 2014, 09:31

Hi Steef,

Thanks for Photobucket post - looks good. I use regular BP unleaded.
Fuel tap - you could try soaking in warm water to see if the cork will swell- if not there are loads on ebay for vintage British motorcycles. Otherwise try George at http://www.villiersparts.co.uk

My Mk10 originally had a fibre washer on the fuel tank - but it was perished so I replaced it with a nitrile rubber one.

Keep up the good work

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Re: Dutch Villiers Mark 15

Post by StewartH on Thu Nov 27 2014, 14:50

Better than the factory ever did! - lovely job.

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