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I picked this engine up on ebay back in the summer as a winter project. After cleaning and setting the points and changing the HT lead and plug I got a good spark (much to my surprise, was sure the coil would be dead) so I have started stripping it for restoration. As you can see one thing I need is the air filter oil bath, however all the pictures I've found of other engines show it held on by 2 metal strips, rather than the wire retainer mine has. Does anyone know if they are interchangeable?

 

I will take some pictures of where I am at now and post them up.

 

 

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Engine has obviously had some attention in the past, bore still looks good with no wear ridge.

 

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Someone cared enough to do this brazed repair to the pulley, maybe to to get a bit more life out of it when it was a working engine?

 

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...on the other hand, whoever made the new seals for the fuel cap and air filter only had cork effect vinyl floor covering to hand, and their teeth for tools.

 

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Valves look OK.

 

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Is this the date code? (IE March 1958)

 

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On 11/24/2018 at 8:47 AM, mattblack said:

.................. As you can see one thing I need is the air filter oil bath, however all the pictures I've found of other engines show it held on by 2 metal strips, rather than the wire retainer mine has. Does anyone know if they are interchangeable?

 

Suspect the Carb is a B10/1 or B10/2?. The mk15 was introduced in 1953 and continued to be made well past the switch to manufacturing India in the mid 60s.

I suspect your Carb/Engine is of the 50s period and the flat clip design was used on later examples (probably cheaper and only needed one style of adaptor for several filter designs).

It is possible the clear plastic filter cup version style was unchanged and would fit early (50s) and later (60s) versions of retainer?.

Just a quick search of a B10/2 entry into google produces loads of pics showing later clips that are screwed into the Adaptor part, so I expect your adaptor won't take screwed clips.

 

I suggest you contact Mr P Childs at Meetens giving your engine Model and serial numbers and most importantly an image/dimensions of your Air Filter arrangement to help him.

If anyone has a replacement, he will have it. You could ask him to check if the Part number V1272D Filter Cup is what you are after, as it looks identical.   

Lastly, if you have no luck, your only option is to use a later adaptor on the carb (known as an Oil Bath Air Filter Cover) and use the later bowl/clip design or Filter type. 

 

Engine looks good internally. Always a good sign to find a re bore and no 'wear lip'. It shows signs of a proper full rebuild.   

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Thanks for that, I was beginning to think no one else could see my thread but me... :(

 

I suppose the wire retainer being earlier would tie in with the 1958 build date?

 

I have heard Meetens are very good for Villiers parts, but I can't see anywhere on their website to order online, do you have to ring/email them?

 

I picked up another little project today, will start another thread about it shortly.

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Had a week off work, so between changing the servo on my van, changing the oil and filters, pruning the plum tree at the allotment and picking up my MK12 engine I did a bit more... :)

 

Stripped the paint off the tank and cowling, is the light green an undercoat or the original colour? (cowling is dark green inside)

 

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Tank will need a clean inside, a few nuts, some brake cleaner and a good shake should do it.

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Sump cleaned out (oil was clean, but there was a bit of sludge in it)

 

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Can't upload anymore photos in the this post so I will continue tomorrow...

 

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Had a week off work, so between changing the servo on my van, changing the oil and filters, pruning the plum tree at the allotment and picking up my MK12 engine I did a bit more... 

 

Tut tut !

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"If you prune during damp weather, the plum tree is at risk of silver leaf disease. Use pruning paint on cut branches to prevent disease. The best time to prune plums is early spring or early summer during a dry day. Never prune in winter (to avoid silver leaf disease)."

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Oh well, it has survived about 10 years of me hacking away at it in November, and in my defence it's really the O/H's allotment...

 

Anyway, back to the important stuff...;)

 

I was in 2 minds whether to strip the engine down further, but as I want to give the block a good clean and check the bearing shells I decided to at least take the piston/conrod out. Then I decided to take the crank out so I could change the oil seal, which was when the fun started... the bearing stayed on the crank, so it wouldn't come out the other side without taking the camshaft out... which wouldn't come out without taking the governor out...

 

Piston rings rings look good, I hope my piston ring compressor goes down small enough.

 

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Shells and crank are good as well.

 

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Block ready for a good clean and paint.

 

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Will sort out a shopping list for Meetens next...:thumbs:

 

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