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  1. That's cleaned up nicely, I take it there are no gaskets for the gearbox? mine certainly seems to be leaking oil from it. David
  2. I've been contacted by a new member about the manuals thread, is anyone else having trouble opening or downloading any of the pdf's? The only thing I can think of is maybe they were logged/signed out and the pdf's do show as unavailable then. David
  3. They don't have a great value, but are usually in much worse condition than those, did you find the bottles to go with them? The power pack goes with the battery operated Sprite, the Flydowner should be mains powered. Here is a rough Turbair Fox than has been advertised for a few weeks, think the start price maybe a little high considering the condition. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/114820785127 David
  4. Didn't go past the "accept cookies" pop-up which hides most of the page, but it looks like a Drillgine, these were produced from the early 1960's all the way till the end of AEP (O&R) in 1978, the one advertised has the later type of starter mech which was introduced around 1970. BTW I don't use bookface, too much unwanted tracking etc. for my liking. We have a general sale & wanted section on the homepage, scroll down to "recycling center" to find it. People sometimes post them in the O&R section too. https://myoldmachine.com/forum/24-for-sale/ David
  5. The generator wiring has rubber insulation, very common in the 1950's, 1960's & earlier for lots of stuff, this either turns hard & crumbly with age or sometimes turns into a sticky gooey mess. It's rarely used these days, last failed rubber cable I came across was in a circa 2006 Weller soldering iron, the insulation of the inner cores had gone hard & crumbly after about 10 years and ending up shorting out the supply. The CNC router did a very good job at making those, are there lasers that will cut sheet steel? Seem to remember seeing sheet metal cut using a plasma cutter & using a water jet too at an engineering trade show many years ago. David
  6. Not done anything else with mine yet, but I imagine the chuck should unscrew same as the others, as always check there isn't a small screw hidden inside the chuck, don't think we've found any yet though. David
  7. Nice to see it running again and excellent work with recreating the carb diaphragm arm spring. What did you use to cut the spring sheet material? David
  8. It'll be branded Merc-O-tronic on the bit your missing, no idea why I didn't post this before (no it not mine either). Could you find another Orline and transfer the pump over? don't know if they are any easier for you to find in the US. David
  9. Found this old advert under completed listings on ePay, thought I would add it here (I've updated the title too). Merc-O-tronic min-i-pump model 600 advert cut-out from Organic Gardening and Farming magazine, month/week of issue is unknown but the page shows the price offer expired end of December 1966. David
  10. Might be cheaper to buy another engine than that piston. The gaskets for the induction housing & reed valve must be the same thickness as the original, they changed them at some point in production. David P.S. With ePay links you can cut off everything to the right of the item number & it'll still work. Eg. https://www.ebay.com/itm/193890235267
  11. Unless it's had a lot of use or ingested the old crumbly air filter foam them it's unlikely the rings would need replacing. What condition was the engine in when you took it apart? They will either be the narrow type with a chromed edge, or the later wider type. The narrow chromed type were designed so that when they worn through it showed the iron underneath, at this point they would have recommended replacement. NOS rings are a finite resource and unless they are obviously worn out we wouldn't suggest replacing them. There is a seller in the UK has been offering reproduction rings of the wider type for many years, but none of the narrow type. To add to the confusion the first batch of O&R engines (approx 6000) used an in-between sized ring. Becoming unobtainable in the early 1960's they would have recommended replacing a whole bunch of parts to ungrade it the standard version. You will find the original cylinder gaskets will leak all over your cleaned up engine if not replaced, I was making my own replacements but as we haven't had any engine shows in the UK for some time I've not had the opportunity to pickup some more offcuts of gasket material. David
  12. Another thread with a discussion on making the diaphragm arm springs; David
  13. Measurements from two diaphragm arm springs. Length (L) = 0.571", 0.575" Width (W) = 0.243", 0.247" Gap (A) = 0.130", 0.132" Section (B) = 0.053", 0.057", 0.058" Section (C) = 0.096", 0.098" Thickness = 0.003" Bend at end of spring (top of picture) = approx 0.040" to 0.050" from end, use round nose pliers for this. David
  14. I can't imagine O&R would have chosen a non-standard size for the points rod. The diaphragm arm spring has been measured, will add details later. David
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