• Hi I’m close to you ( garway) but I’m afraid for the next month or so I’ve got to many issues going on to assist. If you can wait for a couple of months I’d be only to pleased to help. I’d bet that you will need a coil and maybe a condensor. If you wanted to do it yourself pm me your number and I’ll try and talk you through it over the phone.

  • They will come off if you keep at it.

  • You’ll probably have to make one. What you need is a bit of thick flat plate( or angle will do) with 3 holes drilled in it. Weld a nut on the centre one so you can thread a bolt in to push on the end of the crank, the get 2 bolts the same thread as is tapped in the flywheel, I can’t find my book at the moment so can’t find what the thread is but…[Read more]

  • Now you’ve removed the nut, I find the easiest way to remove the flywheel is to undo the 6 nuts holding the Orange airshroud in place on the opposite side of the engine and then give the shroud a couple of clonks with a soft hammer. Maybe not the correct way but very effective.

  • s1g replied to the topic Howard Gem Sachs Diesel. in the forum Projects 2 years, 10 months ago

    Have had a lot of issues going on recently so haven’t touched this in nearly two months. Here’s where I am up to at the moment. It’s nearly finished, just the rotor shaft, chain cover and depth foot to do, along with probably loads of little finishing off jobs.

  • The gem used in the good life was a late 1960’s series V as Stuart said. The engine was actually a k301T Kohler. I have heard rumours to the actual machines location but never any proof. If you want any information please see my website http://www.howardgem.webs.com

  • Thanks for that. It’s had a new diaphragm, the pickups are spotless and the carb has been ultra sound cleaned. The valves were also reground, decoked, new plug,electronic ignition coil plus new rubbers on the carb pulse pipe fitted.
    Was only considering a governor after the difference it can make to Hondas, but I’ll listen to your advise, perhaps…[Read more]

  • Thanks for that. It’s had a new diaphragm, the pickups are spotless and the carb has been ultra sound cleaned. The valves were also reground, decoked, new plug and electronic ignition coil fitted.
    Was only considering a governor after the difference it can make to Hondas, but I’ll listen to your advise, perhaps just try a needle and seat first.

  • I’ve tried brick acid in the past but it doesn’t seem to work very well. I’ve heard it suggested by some that it may be down to the lime in the concrete neutralising the acid?
    I’ve got a video of cleaning out the inside using metal and bricks. The engine is hunting a bit so I was thinking about ordering up a new needle and seat plus a governor…[Read more]

  • Managed to make a bit of progress with this project. The engine is sorted and the drum is almost straight. Just got the tedious job of removing all the old concrete.

  • I’ve run quite a few of these engines on gems, and never had an issue, would it be worth obtaining a second hand valve out of an original engine and see if it lasts any better?

  • s1g replied to the topic site security Logging in in the forum Help and information 3 years ago

    eBay, did return his number, he got back exactly what he did to me, plus no names mentioned I had a friend who works shifts give him an early morning alarm call in the early hours a few times. I have registered with tps, however He filled out the forms requesting a call.
    I’ve got BT call guardian on my phone so I simply blocked all numbers from…[Read more]

  • s1g replied to the topic site security Logging in in the forum Help and information 3 years ago

    Alan’s concern are real, that’s why on the other forum I’ve put no more than Herefordshire for my location. Also I keep a hotmail account just for giving out to people if I’m in any doubt. Unfortunately it’s a sign of the times that we live in.
    The other thing I’ve had issues with is eBay, a few months ago I left negative feedback for somebody who…[Read more]

  • s1g replied to the topic site security Logging in in the forum Help and information 3 years ago

    Alan’s concern are real, that’s why on the other forum I’ve put no more than Herefordshire for my location. Also I keep a hotmail account just for giving out to people if I’m in any doubt. Unfortunately it’s a sign of the times that we live in.

  • Also worth considering is the engine burning oil? As oil burns hotter than petrol and maybe removing the heat treatment?

  • Yes the engine is dated April 1978, so still 39 years old. Ive dug a late 1960’s briggs out of my shed, so will be using most of that for the rebuild.

  • I doubt I’ll be collecting each one. There’s an awful lot of changes.
    My father used to be a dealer in the early days for belle. He used to have a standing order for a Lorry load every few weeks. At one time he found it the most cost effective to hire new ones out for about 6 weeks, then sell them as almost new at cost price, whilst making his…[Read more]

  • I doubt I’ll be collecting each one. There’s an awful lot of changes.
    My father used to be a dealer in the early days for belle. He used to have a standing order for a Lorry load every few weeks. At one time he found it the most cost effective to hire new ones out for about 6 weeks, then sell them as almost new at cost price, whilst making his…[Read more]

  • I doubt I’ll be collecting each one. There’s an awful lot of changes.
    My father used to be a dealer in the early days for belle. He used to have a standing order for a Lorry load every few weeks. At one time he found it the most cost effective to hire new ones out for about 6 weeks, then sell them as almost new at cost price, whilst making his…[Read more]

  • I don’t know if this is any interest to anyone, but I’ve just picked up my next project. It’s a very early example of a Belle mixer. I’ve never seen another survivor. I’ve also managed to acquire an original brochure for it.

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