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Old 08-30-2019, 10:39:05 PM
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Well I got a 2 h.p mc vickers engine from Hoggan Henessey and with the help of Shelby Babcock and Bob Balhous , it is finally home. THANKS GUYS.
Now the work/fun begins .
It needs a cylinder head and the valve box and the exhaust lever and push rod.
Now would anyone have any of these parts???
If not can anyone supply me with pictures of said parts???

Thanks for any help you might have and I hope to post pictures as the work progresses.

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Old 08-31-2019, 10:20:12 AM
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What is in the pail? What else did you get? Carb? Does not look much different from when it left here. Best wishes on the project!
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Old 08-31-2019, 10:13:49 PM
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Thanks for the pictures Len, how long ago were they taken?
The first picture I posted shows " what's in the pail "
I will have to bore and sleeve this one as there are some deep pit mark's in the cylinder.
The other pictures show a few things I have done so far.
I hope to make temporary skids for it tomorrow.
Lots of work to do but I would like some pictures or rough dimensions of the cylinder head and valve box if possible.

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Old 09-01-2019, 11:17:24 PM
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Yup! Looks familiar. Pictures were taken 2005 here. I do not remember history before that. Loooong term project! Good to see new efforts on it.
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Got a bit more work done today.
I have a question about the piston , as you can see in the picture there are some holes in the piston top.
Is there something that bolts to the top of the piston to trip the ignitor??
The second picture shows the start of the connecting rod bolts .
The third picture shows the " hole " in the front of the engine base ( wonder how that happened )
And the last picture shows the cardboard template that I will use to make the steel patch .
I am going to try stitching the patch into the base as opposed to welding it in .
Never tried the stitching method but i can't weld to save my life so i will give it a try.

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Old 09-02-2019, 07:48:40 AM
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Keep jogging my memory. I think it had a wedge on the piston to make it a wood splitter. That may explain the hole in the base, yes?
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Yep, the piston is tripped by a short bolt on top of the head, the 2 larger holes probably were drilled for a wedge, if the engine was used as a log splitter
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Got some more work done today.
Connecting rod bolts are all done except for the final length.
The second picture shows taping the two larger holes in the piston top.
The third picture is the short studs that I threaded into the piston top with a bit of j.b weld to help seal and hold the stud ( studs are bottomed out on there threads).
The last picture is the studs installed and waiting to be cut off to length.

Thanks to guys like Len and Dwight I have got some information to help with this restoration.

Chuck
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Best I have right now

Jonathan on Brians account...
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The work continues, studs screwed into top of piston are machined off flush with the top of said piston.
Ring grooves are cleaned out and waiting for new rings.
The only paint I can find on it is on the connecting rod and it appears to be silver.
Had to remove the pipe that joins the carb. To the head.
It was stuck in there real good so I grabbed it in the mill and plunge cut a slot in the pipe till it could be collapsed. Then out it came.
Still in need of some measurements, such as the head thickness and the valve box thickness.

Thanks
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Most parts are primed now and for the most part I am done till next weekend ( work gets in the way of ALL the fun )
Thank you for the pictures Jonathan , you guys don't happen to have one of these engines do you ?

Chuck
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Perhaps of some interest here, some McVickers/Alma pages I made some time ago: http://buzzcoil.brinkster.net/almamc...0000index.html
Included in these pages is a McVickers/Alma registry. If you have an engine to register you can send me an email.

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Got a bit more work done today.
I have a question about the piston , as you can see in the picture there are some holes in the piston top.
Is there something that bolts to the top of the piston to trip the ignitor??
The second picture shows the start of the connecting rod bolts .
The third picture shows the " hole " in the front of the engine base ( wonder how that happened )
And the last picture shows the cardboard template that I will use to make the steel patch .
I am going to try stitching the patch into the base as opposed to welding it in .
Never tried the stitching method but i can't weld to save my life so i will give it a try.

Chuck
They have a piston trip ignitor. I've owned a couple of them, a 4 and a 6 HP. Both just had a bolt to trip the ignitor. Good luck with that project. It looks like it's going be a nice engine.
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Denis my engine is listed on your website and thank you for all the information that you freely share with us

Mike thank you for letting me know it is just a bolt that trips the ignitor. is the bolt adjustable from the backside of the piston or do you have to remove the cylinder head to make the adjustments?

the four pictures are just some more of the parts cleaned up and they will get some attention this weekend.

thanks
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Work on the head for this engine has begun
it is going to take some time but i will get to the end of this a.s.a.p
the big lathe at work will make the turning easy as it " likes " to take some heavy cut's when needed ......... 1" deep in steel when every thing is right

the last picture is the patch that i have cut out to be stitched into the front of the base.

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Nice work Chuck!
Pretty sure the ignitor trip bolt has to be adjusted from the head end of the cylinder.
I was also wondering why you removed the pipe from the mixer? My mixer has the same pipe nipple, it's just a slip fit into the head, held on with a set screw.
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good morning Dwight

I removed the nipple from the carb. because it had a crack right were the setscrew in the carb held it. I figured i might as well remove it now before it possibly became a problem later.

So you have one of these engines ?

Is there any way i could get a few dimentions of the valve box and cylinder head ?
Such as the width , height and depth ?

Now i might be asking too much here but i also need a picture of the lever that run's the fuel pump.

If you can help that would be most appreciated .

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I can get some measurements for you, but my engine is a 3 1/2 - 4hp tank cooled, missing nameplate, so I'm sure the parts are a different size.
My engine is apart, but I think I can find the fuel pump lever
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Thank you Dwight for any and pictures of what you have.

Tonight I had to make the ignition contact and it is made mostly out of wood and I hate wood working

The first picture shows the original part that I have as a pattern. It has seen better days but it is a good pattern and it had the brass contact strip and the metal arm to hold it in place.
I started with two layers of hard maple and glued them together.
Next I turned the block of wood down to size and made it look kind of like the original.

The last picture shows the brass electrical contact.

To continue in the next post.
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The first picture shows how I cut out the wood to fit the electrical contact.
Then the mounting arm.
The last two pictures shows it all done but cleaning up my dirty finger prints.
My question to you guys is , what should I finish it with ?
Old used oil or linseed oil , after all it is going to get dirty back there on the crankshaft.

Thanks
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