Some very nice videos Iggy! Well done indeed!
"Confronting Liberals with the facts of reality is very much akin to
clubbing baby seals. It gets boring after a while, but because Liberals are
so stupid it is easy work." Steven M. Barry
There is an all-day cannon shoot here in Central Oregon each Memorial
day week end. All live rounds! Even have a few restored army tanks
firing! Shoot up old cars, trucks and school buses. We watched several
incendiary rounds that eventually set the sage brush on fire. All done
on private property.
On the drag saw. I can remember when Dad cut down one of the old 100+ft
Douglas fir trees on our farm. 4-5 ft in diameter. Uncle brought his
drag saw to cut it into fire wood. Petty cool! Engine didn't care which
way it was started, it would run.
I think the saw in the video needs to be sharpened or else the log is
Does anyone have a good primer, or a link to something that walks you
through the actual starting and running of a hit-n-miss engine? I
inherited one, it was restored for dad, it turns freely, but I'm a
little fuzzy on things like fuel, battery, lubrication, etc (IH model M
or L with magneto.)
As a general comment on the subject, archive.org has a whole bunch of
books on gas and oil engines, care and feeding of, for free download.
Look up "Hiscox" for starters. Might have what you need, might not.
Those engines had a wide variety of designs and magnetos can be high-
tension, low-tension or some bizarre mixture of types that somebody
dreamed up and patented, never to be seen again. Some of the oldest
types didn't even have spark plugs, just a wire on the piston and an
insulated one in the head that touched each other at TDC and then
sparked as they drew apart. Before that, they had hot tube ignitors.
Breaker point ignition with a spark plug was a late development.
Given the age of the engine and the primitive magnetic materials they
had, you might need to remagnetize the magnets to get a satisfactory
spark. Or just stick a dinky rare earth magnet in there, probably
would have as much magnetism as the whole box of steel magnets that it
was made with. Carburetors and substitutes are another whole
conversation, the float-type venturi carb was another late
IH models are usually easy to deal with.
First make SURE you have spark. The mags can get weak and points get
Next, lube all the oil/grease cups, I use 30 weight non detergent in the
oilers, good grease in the grease cups.
For fuel regular gas. Make sure the carb is clean. Make SURE the
governor is free and lubed.
Starting is sort of fussy. Every one I own has it's own quirks as far as
needle settings and choke.
Since it hasn't been run in a while you can belt up a small electric
motor to spin it over and adjust till it starts.
As a safety tie a string to the plug wire so you can yank it if the trip
doesn't work properly.