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howardman last won the day on December 1 2014

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  1. Thanks Mark that is the detail i need . Will measure it up at the weekend...got one of those power fix micrometers some years ago . The trusty was outside since the early 1980's so its in a bad way..but i have it nearly sorted now.!
  2. I am restoring a 1947 single speed trusty tractor that was outside for a very long time and need to source new gearbox chains (3). have tried motorcycle shops but nobody seems to have a match. Anyone got any suggestions?
  3. I have a 2 wheel trusty tractor that i am restoring . The hubs were shot but i have sourced a set of adjustable hubs . I am told wheels for tyres can be made up from land rover defender rims .....anyone ever done this?
  4. I need the 15 tooth sprocket that fits on the magneto of a howard gem . can arrange courier/pay with pay pal
  5. 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 .
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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 ?
  9. 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!!!
  10. 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!!
  11. 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..
  12. Thanks Gareth. Could really do with a picture of this magneto if anyone can supply same
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
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