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Old 04-11-2008, 07:58:29 PM
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For a guy that out of frustration at times bounces between two basket case projects, today was a great day! Last year the 3rd year kids at the local vocational school installed a sleeve in my little 1-1/2 Lacrosse. Of course the sleeve covers the ignitor hole and an opening had to be cut thru the sleeve. Its at a crazy angle approacing the sleeve. I had advice on the stak abt drilling and using grinding tools etc. I procrastinated for the longest time. Today I tackled the job on the back apron of my pickup. I began by drilling a hole at what seemed the centre. Then I recalled I have only one hole drill in my modest tool collection. so I brought it out and danged if it doesnt fit snugly in the ignitor hole. And the 1/4 guide drill landed right in the hole I had drilled. So with a hole drill guided snugly in the ignitor hole I was able to drill a perfect hole through the sleeve. What a break !! Another slow step on the way of this restoration.
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Old 04-11-2008, 09:32:55 PM
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Good job, looks great, out to do the job.
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It's good to see how someone else solved a problem! That's what makes Smokstak priceless....I had my 1-1/2 StaRite Type A3 sleeved this past fall. I have not removed the sleeve from the area that covered the ignitor hole. I am leaving it intact and running off a spark plug until the proper ignitor can be found. My A3 has a 1/2" spark plug hole in the head. The fellow that sleeved my engine has a way of opening the port after installing a sleeve. He uses a 1/8" drill and puts down several closely spaced holes around the perimeter of the port. After this is done he uses a small hand saw to go around and release the piece to be removed. A few minutes with tool & die grinder to smooth things up finishes it off. I like your way, it seems like it will be a lot quicker. Two questions...is your hole saw metric or fractional?, and what type & vintage is your StaRite? Thanks!
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The hole saw was standar 1-1/2" and fit like a glove. I like the way it finished
the job at the bottom cutting away that angle so smoothly.

The plate says Lacrosse Plow Co. I dont know how that elates to the Sta rites Thanks for your interest Vicp
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Theres this large button at the bottom of this engine. At first I thought it was a bung left over from the original casting. But diggin around the edge I found some hemp strands around the edge which suggests to me some sort of gasket?? I tried a pipe wrench lightly on it to no avail. Im hoping this is a cleanout for the gas tank ?? When found the top opening to the gas tank was open so there is definately a lotta crud in there. If this is a large cleanout Im happy. Is it pressed in or something that will screw out ?Thanks

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Hi Vic,
The original manual for my 1-1/2 hp engine has "Sta-Rite or La Crosse gasoline engines" on the cover. Your engine was built by Sta-Rite, and resold by another firm called La Crosse Plow Co. Look in the BYB, page 270. You will find the details there.
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Thank you for that Brian. You dont happen to be making copies of your manual ?

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No problem. Email me your address, I'll get them out in the mail ASAP.
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