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Lister D shaft drive magneto timing

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Lister D shaft drive magneto timing

Post by ajf1934 on Fri May 27 2016, 07:29

Hi everyone,
This is my first post to the forum so please forgive me if this question has been asked before.
I am in the process of recommissioning an early Lister D for pumping duties. Amongst other tasks, I have had to repair the magneto which is a Wipac A type. The engine is now running, but it's rough and lacking power; I'm pretty sure the ignition timing is out.
The question now is how do I adjust/set up the ignition timing? Everywhere I have looked are the instructions for the later chain driven type magneto but I have the early shaft drive and I can neither find instructions nor figure it out just looking at it! And there is a large amount of backlash in the magneto coupling which makes me wonder if a part is missing or its very hit and miss (so to speak!) anyway.
Any advise from anyone who knows about the shaft drive versions would be appreciated!
Thank you,
Andrew

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Re: Lister D shaft drive magneto timing

Post by ajf1934 on Sat Jun 04 2016, 18:16

OK, so now I can answer my own post!
The answers is that there is no adjustment for the timing on the shaft drive engines! There is a numbered collar/coupling ring on the drive from the bevel gear which meshes with the magneto and I suspect there once were variants of that coupling ring to modify the timing. But I only have the one.
What I discovered was that the valve timing was out, and so the ignition timing was out also, and the head gasket was leaking. A bad attempt at a rebuild by a previous owner!
I have set the valve timing up correctly and fitted a new head gasket with blue Hylomar, and all is now well, the engine pulls a good load and runs smoothly.
Fixed!

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Re: Lister D shaft drive magneto timing

Post by StewartH on Mon Jun 06 2016, 13:17

Got to say Andrew its always a good day when you pose a question and then answer it yourself! - Happy days and a good solution found.

Welcome to the Forum!

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