So to Portsmouth, an engine to obtain. Uneventful -I went the lazy way, M4/A34/M27 & less than 2 miles in urban stuff - arriving around 6.00pm. I was back home by 7.45, having had a good, fast run both ways.
It sits in my kitchen in a cardboard box, magneto off and cowlings loose, but appearing otherwise quite complete . It turns over rather stiffly & has compression of a sort, but not oodles of it as one might expect from a 97cc two stroke that has stood idle for nearly sixty years. Bearing in mind what Nick Highfield said about the magneto on his, I was very pleased to find it sparked across the rather greasy plug gap without cleaning. The 18mm plug is a wonder to behold and has more fins than any other plug I ever saw. Bearing in mind the sparsely-finned cylinder, I suspect it might have been a specially-made device and will certainly contribute to cylinder cooling - I kid you not..
There is also another bit of bent ali that cowls the carb., directing a portion of the cooling air flow away from the cylinder. Looks like it was original as its got the faintest traces of paint (grey/green) still attached to it, but it isn't what I'd call aircraft spec !
A small boxy petrol tank came with it, but I suspect it isn't original. If the engine was a primitive APU, it would have drawn fuel from the main tanks.
It appears that it may well have come from an Ensign airliner where it generated electricity when the engines weren't running and had been liberated from the scrapyard by the vendors father when the fleet was scrapped at Hamble in 1947.
"What a funny looking thing" said Hazel, "Not like an engine at all."
Absolutely. Should restore well, I think. Photos as soon as I have installed my awaited Paint Shop Pro 8.2. in the post.
Diplomacy done, plates spun, fires fought, maidens eaten - well, three out of four ain't bad