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1915 500cc Aircraft starter

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3 years 9 months ago #865 by StuartTurnerSteve
1915 500cc Aircraft starter was created by StuartTurnerSteve
Good Evening,

I picked up this 500cc ABC from Kim Siddorn before he past away. Sadly it has seen better days and I'm a little hesitant to run it again.






Kim thought it was a engine used for aircraft starting, hence no governor.

I don't suppose there is any spares in the wild? I'd love to have it running as a WW1 flat twin has been a aim of mine for some years.

Thanks in advance,

Cheers, Steve
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3 years 9 months ago #866 by StuartTurnerSteve
Replied by StuartTurnerSteve on topic 1915 500cc Aircraft starter
Here is one running.

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3 years 9 months ago - 3 years 9 months ago #867 by degraaff
Replied by degraaff on topic 1915 500cc Aircraft starter
There is nothing wrong with having the engine running, it's a good and fast engine if in a frame, see my 250 firefly.
Make a copy of the 1914 500cc frame or there is no shame putting it in a Douglas or other if turning the right way.
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3 years 9 months ago #868 by OLD BIKE MART
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Could this be a trench pump. It is said Bradshaw developed the bike from these engines. It's the frame.

Martin

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3 years 9 months ago #869 by StuartTurnerSteve
Replied by StuartTurnerSteve on topic 1915 500cc Aircraft starter
They made a trench pump, but this one is an aircraft starter set. I did have a period photo online of an somewhere but I can't seem to find it to share. It's in Kim Siddorn's book on ABC engines.

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3 years 9 months ago #870 by Dabney
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Steve,
You may find you don't need any spares to get it going. Our experience at Brooklands on 3 Bradshaw engines is they are basically robust and will run decently, even with a good amount of wear. I would suspect the mag would require a rewind to get a decent spark. Apart from that, they are not complex, so quick to take apart, clean and put back together.
best wishes
Ian

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