• Just got the “Cultivator” very good indeed, can I make a request for consideration? what about publishing on a regular basis a full calendar of events that may be of interest to members? I am sure that all members will know not just the “Big National events” like The great Dorset Steam fair, but local events in their area, just the name, place,…[Read more]

  • I am restoring a jap 4/3 engine for my Auto Culto Mk. 1X machine, The exhaust guide was particularly worn and had to be replaced, Using a drift, I could not budge them at all and worried about cracking the cast iron cylinder casting, I looked online for ideas, and found a chap demonstrating this method, You thread the old liner internally using an…[Read more]

  • Thank you so much for that Charlie, I shall pm you my email address, I do have an original operator Manual but not a list of spares, I got the idea of the 56 “A” meaning reverse from Brian Bell,s Book, If not Reverse , then it must mean something! Regards Plonker

  • just got a Simar, according to the plate it is a model 56A serial no 560101 am I right in thinking that the “A” designates a machine with reverse? Will the serial no enable someone to date this for me? I would like to know where it was dispatched to from new, I was told it spent its entire life on one smallholding, I have the original operating…[Read more]

  • Just working my way through the restoration of this new project, But looking at the Tynes, they are well worn, Does anyone know of a suitable replacement for this machine? If push comes to shove, I suppose I can make new ones out of Old car leaf springs, But I would rather find ready made ones that fit, any ideas? Plonker

  • Very interesting, I wonder who “Wikeham” was? as I say, very impressed with the quality of manufacturing, and mine does not leak even a drip! A Gentlemans plaything I imagine, I expect it cost new, more than a gardeners wages for the week! Happy days!

  • plonker started the topic weed eradicator in the forum Garden implements 4 months ago

    Here is something I picked up at the local car boot sale, I have never seen one before, but one was on that well known auction site some time ago according to Google, I was taken by the sheer quality of the build, just look at the “Rope Knurling” on the cap filler and the other parts that unscrew, It dates I believe to before the First world War,…[Read more]

  • plonker replied to the topic auto culto in the forum Help and information 4 months, 1 week ago

    Thanks, will find out tomorrow if it fits or not! Does anyone know where I can download or copy an instruction manual for the Auto culto Mk. 1X? I did try to go on the Auto Culto site, last night, But warned off by my computor security as Unsafe!

  • I have bought from that well known web Site, A new “Project” it is an Auto Culto Mk. 1X It was advertised as a Howard, but it was easy to spot, I have two of the “Junior Models, But always fancied the Mk. 1x when I read up some Auto culto pamphlets on it, Way back, someone was starting an Auto Culto Register, is it still going? does anyone have…[Read more]

  • From Memory they are A45 belts, but to be sure, measure round the inside of the pulley,s with a length of string (Loose) this will give you the INSIDE measurement of the V belts you need , any Belt supplier will be able to tell you the correct belt from this measurement, I use “Bearing Boys” they are very helpful and you get delivery in a day or two.

  • I have bought quite a selection of good old British made garden tools from car boot sales over the years and I have become more interested in the different Designs and qualities, I just think it is so odd, how, as a nation we have surrendered our Manufacturing industries to the east, If a Wealthy country like Germany or Switzerland can take a…[Read more]

  • I wonder if there is a download of a British Garden Tool catalogue? or a reprint? I have seen a pdf of a Brades Catalogue, but there were no illustrations and everything was priced by the Dozen! I was in my local gardening centre the other week looking at the shiny new tools on Display, and I was approached by one of their “senior” helpers, I…[Read more]

  • I have a Farm Jack in the land Rover, but I think I will get a Bottle jack, I am not happy with this getting old business, although I still have the body of a Greek God, I am losing my strength(compared with fifty years ago) I may end up collecting hand held sprayers! They will be the only things I will be able to pick up.

  • I wondered how other members prop up their machines to change a wheel or to put on a road band on cleated wheels, I am thinking of the Anzani Iron Horse or Trusty, smaller machines like the Howard Gem or Mayfield are no problem to prop up, but at my age, I am having difficulty wrestling with the heavier types of machine. Plonker

  • Just wondering, I put a post on last night, and now can not find it! also seems to be very few “recent Posts?” I also keep being reminded that the site is not secure when I log in, Any ideas? plonker

  • The advice to get a thread gauges and thread guide is good advice, one Imperial and one Metric will cover any eventualities, plus in my case a Jewelers eye glass to see! It can be confusing for example the petrol tap on a Villiers engine is not 3/8″ BSF or UNF, it is in fact 1/8″ Pipe thread, thats why you need a Thread Gauge! Plonker

  • Just renewed on line Plonker

  • I grew Four different varieties of out door tomatoes in the allotment this year, Crimson Crush and Mountain Magic Lived up to the claim from the seed merchant, they both survived the Blight, that the chap on the next plot had with his Toms. I lost two rows of Italian Toms to blight but the two above were fine, It reminded me just how much flavour…[Read more]

  • If you mean the tank is full of rust and rubbish, I cleaned mine out by filling it with acid for the day, totally rust free, the copper gauze filter on mine was damaged so I replaced it with a wad of thick felt, it,s easier to add an in line fuel filter, they are very cheap, and you can see that fuel is getting to the carb.

  • Darren and I had an interesting discussion on timing the Wico mag. on the Howard Gem. I went back and re read the original instructions from the Howard Gem original manual which gives no instructions for timing on the impulse spark, However , the original Wico instructions do! The setting for the imulse spark is 1/8″ BTDC (and it tells you not to…[Read more]

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