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About bankman
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  • Birthday 12/21/1950
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  1. Newby Hall Day 2

    It was an excellent display of engines, you lads didn't do so bad yourselves though! I didn't get round your area at all (or see that many of the engines) , my legs wont carry me far nowadays and by the time I had taken my missus round the stalls in her wheelchair I was fit for nothing else that day. Pete.
  2. Newby Hall Day 2

    It was a fantastic show. Luckily I was under a tree with my engine all weekend so stayed nice and cool. Pete.
  3. Wheelhorse under wraps at Newby Hall

    That attends many rallies in the North and is always popular, however until now I hadn't realised what actually powered it though! I did realise it wasn't steam...... Pete.
  4. Battle of the Standard Vintage Gathering

    Pleased to see that my old friend Eric Moody was there keeping his chair warm! Also John Lowes with his sparkplug collection as he hasn't been too well of late and I wondered if he would still be attending events this year. We were at the Heskin rally otherwise we would have attended this. Pete.
  5. I will be there but in the s/engine section, I haven't room for a horticultural exhibit as well but will come and have a look around your displays.
  6. Aspera/Tecumseh query

    Well work has progressed very steadily of this project. Checking the rest of the machine over I found the frame was twisted (not a big issue really) but the wheels were both rotten where the machine had presumably been left on wet ground for a long period and the axle was also badly corroded. Given the missing engine parts as well I was fortunate enough to come across another machine fairly local and cheap enough to take a punt on. This machine is in much better condition frame-wise, it has the hand control and cable, a decent set of the double blades and also a totally worn out engine! Valves flopping in their guides like the proverbial p**** in a bucket, almost a 1/4" of endfloat on the crank, big end rattling around but it does have the manifold and carb/aircleaner and a better fuel tank so the plan is to make one good machine from the pair. I also bought a rotary mower attatchment as well, that needs a full restoration of course! The other frame looks to be a good candidate to form the basis of a trolley for moving my argon cylinder around, nothing wasted here! The tool head from the original machine is all finished now, just some washers required for the filler and drain plugs; The later machine, now in pieces; Pete.
  7. Aspera/Tecumseh query

    Straight fins on the cylinder head Wristpin. That new gasket will be fine, it touches in all the right places and just needs another hole making! When I return home next weekend I will line up the fuel tank temporarily as the fuel line is still fitted (it hasn't been cut) and it will tell me where abouts the original carb and inlet manifold were positioned, I can then try and search for the correct set up. I think that it will be similar to the one on Paul Mackellow's Gardenmaster 85 as his engine looks to be the same as my one with a similar spec plate, no hurry though as still plenty of work needs doing on the framework. Pete.
  8. Aspera/Tecumseh query

    Proceeding steadily with this project. I ordered a headgasket for a Tecumseh H30 and what came proves to me that it isn't one of those engines so Aspera seems most likely, however with a little bit of trimming and punching an extra hole it should still be useable. New piston rings arrived and were fitted, the bore was honed and piston installed. Timing set, valve clearances adjusted to spec and a new governor bar made as the old one came out in 'three halves' as shown! Engine block/crankcase now in primer and I'm now away for a weeks holiday in Lancashire while it hardens off haha. Pete.
  9. Newark Tractor and Heritage Show

    Wish I had known some of you lads were there as there was nothing listed in the Events section so assumed you were not attending this time. I only saw the Auto Culter display and missed the other machines, I was hoping to see a Gardenmaster 85 or something with an Aspera motor fitted to take som pics for reference but I was only exhibiting on the Sunday and didn't have the time to explore the halls properly alas. My leg problem doesn't allow for much walking about nowadays! It was a decent show though, and the weather stayed dry but cool. Pete.
  10. Aspera/Tecumseh query

    Making steady progress, too cold and damp yesterday for outside work though. The tool head gearbox has been dismantled and cleaned, oxy/propane heat was needed to remove the driving dogs from the side shafts though. The crownwheel bearings (plain bronze bushes) were also partially siezed to the shafts basically due to old age and poverty! A well made little unit though. The worm bearings are fine, new oil seals are on order, gaskets have been made and the various castings are currently primed and in the 'paint shop' (kitchen!) hardening off. Pete.
  11. Aspera/Tecumseh query

    Thank's both for your input. H30 seems likely. Rings are on order, 2 5/16th" bore, and oil seals are sorted, just the manifold/carb to find. There are a few of the downward angled, like a S bend, manifolds on ebay (USA) and there appears to be plenty of cheap carbs around but which one is correct? Anyway progress will slow now as I have Newark show this weekend and then a weeks holiday. Maybe a scrap machine might surface from somewhere, although I'm guessing that the later carb/manifold setup should still fit? Pete.
  12. Aspera/Tecumseh query

    Thank's for those Wristpin. Right, a few pics! I think that this engine is probably an early version, the valves are retained by pins, it is breaker and coil ignition (coil has a decent HT reading!) and the number 30 is stamped on the crankcase. The breather is also different to the later ones. The Aspera name does figure strongly on the fuel tank, but so does the other two? Also there are no mounting holes in the frame where the throttle control is usually fitted, all the pics I have seen on here regarding these machines has the fitment there. Maybe these will help identify who manufactured it and where! At present the metal work on the tool head, tines etc, is in the electrolysis tank de-rusting!
  13. Aspera/Tecumseh query

    Mmm, not sure how to move this to the Rotavator section? I assumed that only moderators could do that. I will sort some pics out tomorrow anyway, I have ordered some seals and rings so while they are in transit progress on the frame can continue! Pete.
  14. Aspera/Tecumseh query

    OK, today I completely dismantled the engine and decided just which parts I require for the rebuild. Well made little units, nice and simple! I can post some pics if anyone is interested, though seeing all the restorations on here I guess most will have seen inside one as they seem to be a common engine. Rings and seals should suffice, the valves lapped in OK and don't leak petrol so all is fine there, just the clearances to be sorted once the camshaft is in place. The governor rod was siezed in the crankcase and sheared off so I may have to make one of those. Wristpin you could well be correct regarding it being a H30, stamped under the paint in a corner of the crankcase near the engine mounting lugs is the number 30 and the threads are all UNC which to me would indicate a USA manufactured unit? Lauson perhaps? So, I still need to sort a carb and manifold for it, could be 'fun' finding them. I also realise that I posted this thread in the wrong section, maybe it can be moved to the 'Rotovator' section?
  15. Aspera/Tecumseh query

    Hi Wristpin, I believe that the machine was purchased new by the chap I obtained it from so I don't think it has been altered in any way. I assumed that the engine and carb setup would be the same as the one on Paul Mackellows Gardenmaster 85 but it may well have had the manifold protruding at right angles instead, that may account for it having been sheared off? I also notice that there is no mounting holes in the frame for the hand throttle control so perhaps it had a clamp on one, all that is missing anyway! OR, perhaps it had a fixed throttle, I'm not familiar with these machines? Pete.
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