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  1. Reversing a Lucas SR1 magneto

    Managed to reverse the lucas sr1 magneto ,. Got a pdf Lucas workshop Manuel for the SR1 magneto in pdf form on line and it covered cam timing. The points cam is held on a taper with a screw and can be loosed and moved . Part of the timing needs a gauge of .076 of an inch ..so i used a micrometer to select a thin drill bit ...took a few goes but the spark seems stronger in the anticlockwise rotation now., than when it was set up to go clockwise .
  2. Reversing a Lucas SR1 magneto

    Thanks wristspin but i had it mounted in a vise and had attached a new lead ... that i touched off the side of the vise ...to discharge the current.
  3. Reversing a Lucas SR1 magneto

    Cant see any other way of mounting the points, but at least it has an excellent spark since i changed the condenser. It has no impulse but still gives a good spark when turn over by hand. I have a new found respect for the lucas sr1.
  4. I picked up Lucas Sr1 magneto for my jap engine howard gem but need to reverse the rotation (clockwise to anticlockwise) has anyone ever tried this before ?
  5. Looks fabulous ..I really must get to some of the big shows in the Uk to see great restorations like this . The picture of the yours and Gareth's stunning howard Gem line up really had we wishing i was there!!!
  6. Howard Gem Jap Magneto

    Thanks for the replies /suggestions. Great photos Gareth as usual. I will have have to get a sprocket from the only source i can unfortunately think of ...in the south east... I have a good wico A but after a one hour battle some years ago putting a new impulse spring into it ...i cant bring my self to remove it again ..so will track down a new one. I will remove the head tomorrow to have look at the piston /bore/valves ..but i think it will be some time before it looks like yours Gareth!!
  7. Howard Gem Jap Magneto

    Thanks Gareth.. It was the sprocket end ..or a magneto off the engine i need to see, but appreciate these chain driven mags don't exactly slide out!! . Anyway will post a few pics at the weekend ...it will no doubt keep me entertained /challenged in the dark winter nights!! The engine is seized solid after 30 yrs under a tree..
  8. Howard Gem Jap Magneto

    Thanks Gareth. Could really do with a picture of this magneto if anyone can supply same
  9. I picked up a freebie howard gem ( jap ) at the weekend from someone I met at a vintage show during the summer. Its missing the magneto . I was wondering if i could modify a wico A type mag to to fit this chain driven magneto (get the missing sprocket and mount it on a wico mag)...or is it like my 180 degree twin gem ..... a unique mag to fit the howard jap engine gem?. Jap engined gems are very scare over here in ireland and i have never see one in the flesh until i picked up this one on sunday.
  10. Looking good.....I am looking forward to seeing this one finished and running ..the Sachs engine has quiet a reputation for starting difficulties but if anyone can get one running well you can. Super job on the dowdeswell ..its been a while since i logged in so enjoying the excellent photos of your machines.
  11. Pennsylvania Panzer

    Saw one of those at a small show over here in ireland last summer. the owners kids were driving it around ...its drives well. He was working in the states for a few years as a carpenter and took it as part payment from an elderly woman he was doing work for. I have a picture of it on my phone ....meant to post it up .
  12. Gardenmaster 34

    That jap engine looks stunning unusual machine never seen one over here.
  13. Howard Hako

    Nice display , you seem to be making good progress. I am looking forward to see the sachs diesel project as i picked up one of those engines up a few months back...owner gave up on trying to start it and put a kohler on instead.
  14. Mystery Powered Barrow

    Not too worried about the carb ..lots on the bay (Chinese copies) that are low priced.Interesting point about the carb leaking due to the mounting angle. Its the odd pulley system i could do with some info on...it slides outwards ..the gap between each section then widens. The allen key nuts on the pulley are small and seized. The company story is interesting ..started in 1785 and gone by 1989. The built quality is top notch ...very well balanced tipping barrow.
  15. Mystery Powered Barrow

    Tks Gareth you certainly know your machinery! here is a picture of the engine with a strange pulley /clutch system attached. Need to get a carb ..its very corroded...was seized solid.
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