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  1. Just getting back (slowly!) into the world of horticultural machinery after a break and I have a question already! Last year I purchased a stationary engine locally for my collection and the old boy selling it threw a Gardenmaster 85 into my van for free. I have just got around to looking at it, a bit of a mess but hopefully saveable. I have stripped and freed of the gearbox assembly and fitted new seals etc and the frame is being stripped and repainted. I have seen Paul's thread on these machines so know that 'Titch' can supply decals for it when the time comes. What I am struggling with is the engine! It is an Aspera/Tecumseh but I'm not sure which model, the plate is virtually unreadable apart from the numbers 014 followed by 065345. I assume it is in the BH series, my problem is that the engine is missing the inlet manifold and carb etc and I'm not sure what it would look like. There are several manifolds and carbs on ebay but I don't know which one I need. The engine was solid but that was just tightness of the crank in the bronze bush in the timing cover, that freed off and the engine has been stripped now. The governor bar through the crankcase was siezed and snapped trying to remove it but I can probably find one on a scrap engine, it is mainly the manifold and carb that I need. Any advice welcomed! Pete. Some pics of the engine;
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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!
  7. 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.
  8. 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?
  9. 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.
  10. Aspera/Tecumseh query

    Hi Alan, thank you for that but I think that the manifold stud orientation (big word for this time of night!) is wrong, your one seems to be at a lesser angle than mine or perhaps they do sit slightly downwards? Carb etc might be the same though, maybe someone else can shed some light on the matter. Let's see what develops! Pete.
  11. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/stationary-engine-/272805139722?hash=item3f8474150a:g:UlsAAOSw3HJZkbz0 Spotted this item on ebay, it was posted on another forum. I'm not interested in purchasing it myself but I wondered which Landmaster machine this would have been fitted to and what make the engine is? Pete.
  12. Rollo Croftmaster

    I attended a local show on Saturday and one of our engine lads brought this machine along. Never seen one myself, are they rare and were many produced? Pete.
  13. Rollo Croftmaster

    Thank's for the replies, the owner has had it for around ten years but knows little about them. At lest we now have an approximate build date year wise. Pete.
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  15. Left or right.

    Most commercials had LH thread studs on the nearside until spigot mounted wheels became the 'norm' in the late eighties. My LDV van still has them. Pete.
  16. Ploughing tractor build.

    Looks like a Bedford gearbox, those four speed boxes were fitted right across the range of trucks etc from the fifties on. Pete.
  17. Harthill Carnival

    Yesterday I attended Harthill Carnival, on the Derbyshire/South Yorkshire border, as a stationary engine exhibitor and walking around noticed a few implement's on show plus some tractors that may be of interest. A nice sunny day and well attended as usual, the second year that I have exhibited there and both times the weather has been warm and dry, must be my influence! Pete. Anyway, a few pics!
  18. I aquired this a few years ago, basically to save it from being scrapped. My intention was to restore and show it but I have too many things going on in my life to spend time on it, plus it is too large for me to transport it easily, so I have decided to pass it on. As you can see it is rough, it has had a 'modification' done to the rear end as well at some time. Now the machine is partly dismantled, the engine has had the barrel removed and I have refaced the valve seats but I gave the valve's to a clubmate to reface them and he appears to have lost them so new ones will be required. Of course the engine will need a total rebuild anyway. The Albion gearbox apppears OK, not sure what (if any) parts are missing from the whole machine but whatever was on it when I obtained it is still there but probably now in a box! One tyre still hold air, the other is split though. Anyone interested would need to collect it from Matlock, Derbyshire, and give me a day or three to get everything together as it is spread over a garage, bedroom and a container on a local farm at present! It cost me £15 a few years ago, so I haven't lost much by giving it away. I could sell the engine for parts and make that back but that isn't the way I work. PM me if interested and thank's for looking. Pete.
  19. Landmaster Kestrel, free to a good home!

    Hi James, yes come and take it away before I scrap it as space is needed urgently. Have messaged you. Pete.
  20. 1945 Briggs NR2

    I like the older Briggs engines, so far I have restored a Model A with kickstart and remote fuel supply (no holes drilled for tank brackets) and a Model B which has been fitted with a flywheel and runs lovely and smooth. I also had a Model I but sold that last year, I also sold my A because a chap kept pestering me for it until I gave in, however he only kept it a week or two and sold it on for a profit! Wish that I had kept it myself now, you live and learn! I know of a ZZ with a generator, not sure about taking that on yet though. You are making a good job of your one, it will look great when finished. Pete.
  21. Landmaster Kestrel, free to a good home!

    Just bumping this up again as it is still available either as a 'project' or for parts. Pm me if interested. Pete.
  22. I have, I haven't sold much but it is like selling your children! Everytime I do it I regret it as soon as it vanishes from sight. It is the same with spare parts, you aquire stuff that you don't REALLY need then much later pass it on to sombody else. Sods law then decrees that shortly after you will be offered an engine or machine that is missing the very part you disposed of but then there is only so much space available to store stuff for most of us. Pete.
  23. Fuel tank sealant

    I have used it many times with no problems, in fact I treat all my tank's with POR. Ideally use the Marine Clean and ensure the tank is thouroughly dry, I put mine upside down on a radiator for a day or two but a hairdrier blowing through would do the job. You only need a small tin, seal the tap outlet etc, pour it all in and rotate the tank for several minutes ensuring it gets in all the corners then drain the excess back into the tin and reseal it as you can use the remainder if it stays airtight. Wipe the base of the tin as it will stick solid to any surface! Make sure all the tap threads etc are clear of sealer as it sets rock hard overnight! Also remove any that gets on the outside of the tank as paint doesn't adhere well to it either. Leave for about a week before putting fuel in. When starting a restoration I normally do the tank first, then paint it so that it has the maximum time to harden while the mechanical work takes place. Pete.
  24. Planning to be exhibiting there again, I missed 2014 due to family issues, but it wont be with a horticultral exhibit. I will have a look around you all though! Last time I was there I tried to have a chat with the 'Simar Kid' but you had more chance of getting an audience with the Queen, he certainly had either an extensive fan club or 'rent a crowd' haha. Pete.
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