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I am extremely pleased and relieved to report that 137 has now had a maiden voyage up the drive, along the road and round the garden. Changing the mag to a later impulse Wico transformed it, started and ran second pull. Not without a glitch though reversed out of the garage 10 yards and it stopped , I thought here we go again, took the plug out expecting it to be fouled no it was fine, changed it anyway to a two terminal 18mm plug, set it up went to tickle the carb and it did not tickle, took the fuel cap off NO PETROL I have used a whole tank full ( 2 gallons ) just trying to get it started over the last ten days. Full tank of fuel and it started first time. I have refitted the air pipe and then the filter in stages to check for any change in running, no apparent effect so it looks as if Cinderella will go to the ball in malvern. I am annoyed with myself for persisting so long with the two original magnetos. I justify it in that I have tried so hard to restore it to as it would have been when it left the factory, I have rebuilt so many bits of scrap to as new rather than replace but there comes a point when common sense and my physical well being prevail over total originality. I will have the mags rebuilt when I can find someone who knows what they are doing. I have blisters on my right hand and muscles I never knew I had. But now it all seems worthwhile.post-292-0-46463400-1453056169_thumb.jpgpost-292-0-76950100-1453056197_thumb.jpg

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thats great news, and now you know the feeling ian and i had when we got horsegut running  =  :woohoo: :woohoo: :thumbs:


now its time for norm to run around the tree naked as promised and i know he is a man of his word :D

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Fantastic news Jonathon, many congratulations. :):D  I completely understand your wanting to restore 137 as it left the factory but as you say practicalities sometimes come first. I'm realy looking forward to seeing  (and hearing) 137 at Malvern.

 

We were all rooting for you

Well done

Hugh

 

 

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Having exhausted all other possibilities I have finally decided to remove the mag from 225 and fit it to 137 . 225 has not run for at least ten years so the mag needed to be stripped and cleaned. Having done so I noticed that in the process of just handling the mag it gave me a belt which the other never has. I hope that it has taught me a lesson in that because the 137 mag was refurbished by a specialist it would be right and the non starting issues arose from other causes. I have yet to fit it and try but the bench drill test was far more impressive than the 137 mag so fingers crossed for the morning.

Time for a word - or was it too long ago?

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Unfortunately it was the previous owner that had the mag rebuilt.

Good news is that it started first pull of the handle from cold today and ditto when hot.Slow running is not perfect but I have just checked timing and it is a bit advanced so will back it off and see how that goes.

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Well done getting it running, 137 certainly gave you a bit of a run-a-round. A very thorough restoration, I first saw pics of 137 on VHGMC forum.

Rob

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Winning the award at Tractor World was the icing on the cake for 137 but the most important thing was that the man who asked me to restore it (Ted Pratt ) was absolutely delighted. When I started unloading today I noticed that the tracks are taking paint off the body sides, before it gets any worse I am going to re set the tracks to wide position and sort the paint so back in the workshop. 

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