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Post by Woodsman on Thu Jul 23 2015, 09:06

Started dismantling our latest engine and discovered a small pull operated lever on the rear of the magneto back plate. Can't see where it should pivot or what it should be attached to. Can anyone shed any light? Also, does anyone have a manual / parts list?

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Post by Woodsman on Thu Jul 23 2015, 15:56

Ah, just had another look. Could it be a massively over-engineered 'kill switch' to earth the LT side of the coil?


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Post by rich07961 on Fri Jul 24 2015, 16:14

Hi Paul,

Exactly as you described


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Post by Woodsman on Mon Jul 27 2015, 09:54

More dismantling of our Villiers V engine. Looks like someone has had a go and then given up. The gasket between the carburettor was torn and some numpty had used liquid gasket to fix - thereby blocking all the little orifices!! Having got everything soaking in thinners we had a look in the float bowl. Pretty gungy at the bottom but that will clean. However we'd like some advice on the float/needle arrangement. It looks like the needle, which passes through the float, is loose and was held in place by a couple of spring wires locating in a groove in the needle.
Obviously the wires have disintegrated.

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Anyone have any experience of this sort of repair? Any and all advice gratefully received.

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Post by rich07961 on Mon Jul 27 2015, 10:57

Hi paul,

Possibly have 2 ideas for you, the lister D has almost the same principal for holding needle in float and if one will fit the V
I'm sure someone on here would have a spare somewhere, the D float is 40cms across and 40cms from connection on needle to bottom,
image attached.

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My other idea is to remove the old wire off the float, get a small paper clip as they are quite springy and make up something like image 1. I used wire as a guide,

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Then solder to float as per image 2, I have marked where to solder but you may only need to solder each end, so I would try that first. if you have a dremmel you could grind flat the area of contact to needle or enough that it fits on needle, because the straight wire is overlapped it will push needle into slot on other wire, if this makes sense.

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Post by Woodsman on Tue Jul 28 2015, 08:17

Cheers Richard. Will see what we can do.

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Post by Woodsman on Fri Feb 19 2016, 08:33

Made a start on the V engine. Now need to sort out the carbuetter float and splash out on a Taiwanese magneto coil.

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Post by rich07961 on Fri Feb 19 2016, 15:48

Hi Paul,
They look nice in blue I was glad I painted mine blue but tried to keep to its original colour as I presume you are, looking good.

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Post by Woodsman on Sat Oct 27 2018, 13:37

Nearly there. Just need to find someone to fabricate a fan cover.

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Post by B10Dave on Thu Nov 01 2018, 02:32

Looking good. Can you cut out a fan cover from course screening or flat expanded metal?
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Post by Woodsman on Thu Nov 01 2018, 10:03

B10Dave wrote:Looking good. Can you cut out a fan cover from course screening or flat expanded metal?


From an 'elf & safety point that would do but I'd rather have something looking like the original.

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Post by Woodsman on Sun Jan 06 2019, 16:25

Got a fan ring so decided to do a bit of clean up on the MK40 at the same time. Pleased with the result

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Tank will need a second soak.

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I'm considering painting the fan ring with clear lacquer so it looks a bit different - or will I offend the purists?

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Post by dunitrong on Sun Jan 06 2019, 22:56

That engine looks well as is. All my engines where wrecks / incomplete and I have to make parts for them.The Lister A I did this year had no tank sooo I made one. ( I will eventually get it to stop leaking)! Varnish it after all its your engine. Arthur

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Post by Woodsman on Mon Jan 07 2019, 10:37

Cheers Arthur, or maybe black to match the tank straps?

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Post by Robotstar5 on Mon Jan 07 2019, 19:39

Woodsman wrote:Cheers Arthur, or maybe black to match the tank straps?

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Post by Robotstar5 on Sun Jan 20 2019, 20:12

Could you post a photo showing the carb please, I've just got one and never seen a carb like the one fitted.

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Post by Woodsman on Fri Jan 25 2019, 16:24

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As discussed elsewhere WWII spec Amal

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Post by Woodsman on Sun Feb 03 2019, 16:03

Decided to go for blue in the end...

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Post by Woodsman on Fri Feb 08 2019, 14:55

Following close examination of my V engine re Stuarts project,  I have now noticed that - having stripped, cleaned, fettled, polished, painted and reassembled - I neglected to re-install the kill switch so it will have to come apart again !!
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Post by Robotstar5 on Fri Feb 08 2019, 21:33

I didn't even know there was a kill switch, is it on the mag backplate?

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Post by Woodsman on Sat Feb 09 2019, 12:29

See first photo' in this thread.

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Post by Woodsman on Mon Feb 25 2019, 16:34

Kill switch now re-installed.
Had to remove backplate, so had to remove tin work and then flywheel which put the timing out so head off to get TDC - what a faff !

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Post by Robotstar5 on Mon Feb 25 2019, 16:56

Note to self: remember to install kill switch when rebuilding my V engine Wink

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Post by chiefy on Tue Feb 26 2019, 11:53

Robotstar5 wrote:I didn't even know there was a kill switch, is it on the mag backplate?

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Hi Stuart,
The kill switch can be on the back plate or on the top of the tin ware this was a strip of spring steel fastened to the top the loose end was positioned over the top of the plug depress the strip onto the top of the plug and this shorts out to earth crude but very effective.
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