Re: The Gray Lives!
No valves? No "Hit and Miss." Darn. That was cool.
That starting proceedure must have been fun 30 miles
offshore at night in a storm. (Fire?)
Sounds a lot like my "Dream".
That's when "Men were Men."
--- In MessaboutW@y..., jhkohnen@b... wrote:
My Gray is pretty dull compared to some of the machinery at theBrooks
fest: no exposed valve gear (no valves!); no make and breakignition; no
hit or miss governor... Once it's running all it does is "phutt,phutt,
phutt!" with the big flywheel spinning. You can watch the timinggears go
around out in the open air (don't get your fingers caught in them!)and the
ignition timer jumps around a bit because of a worn commutator,buts it's
not the sort of performance that makes you just want to stare at ittrying
to figure out how it works.though. The
spark comes from a "buzz coil" like model Ts used. Instead ofworking
itself up to produce one (hopefully) mighty spark at the rightmoment like
a modern car coil, a buzz coil starts buzzing at the right momentand
produces a continuous stream of sparks until the timer tells it tostop. I
pulled the spark plug to see what kind of spark I could get, turnedthe
engine over 'til the coil started buzzing, and that plug startedhissing
with an arc like a welding machine! Smoke began curling off the endof the
plug as bits of fouling burned off-- it was kinda scary! No problemwith
spark, I almost always got a pop of some sort when I bounced theflywheel
the engine until the air stops blowing out of the cup; pour somegasoline
into the cup; turn the engine over a few times to suck the gas intothe
cylinder (if you weren't all the way to top dead center when youstarted
some of the gas might blow back out of the cup, as it might also onthe
second revolution-- keep a fire extinguisher handy!), you'll knowit's all
in there when you hear the engine suck and blow air through thepriming
cup; close the priming cup; set the spark advance and throttlelevers where
you think they should be; turn on the ignition switch; grab theflywheel by
the rim and rock it slowly in the direction you want the engine togo until
you feel it start to come up against compression (so you have somefree
play); take a strong grip on the flywheel (no handle) and pull itsharply
up against compression in the _opposite_ direction than you wantthe engine
to run; there'll be a "pop" and with luck the engine will spin overagain, and
again... If not, repeat the above steps as necessary... It'sdefinitely
going to take some practice to get the hang of the process.the
Depoe bay festival.and cats.