I was at the Bristol club rally on Sunday & there was this little two stroke
Villiers engine for sale for not a lot. It is approximately the same size as
the JAP Model 0, perhaps a tad larger. It is poised on a rather nice oval
footed cast aluminium stand and several small parts are decoratively
chromed. I'd say it was an ex display engine and I can trace no exact
likeness. The flywheel magneto is smaller than the huge brass flywheel
generators, but it still has the neat little points box inside. If asked to
guess, I'd suggest that it might be late 1950's or 60's.
No spark, but some HT coming up the lead. Cleaning the points & widening the
gap made it fire and in this condition I spent a quiet Monday afternoon
pulling at a bit of twine to try and make it go.
The plug is an 18mm Champion & looks bran new. The float was stuck but freed
off without trouble. The plug was getting wet & now had a decent purple
spark at the end of the lead but it still would only fire once & no more.
Just as the Archers finished, I stopped cleaning the plug, fitted another
one (a mica insulated rather rusty unrestored plug out of my spares box) and
it ran beautifully straight away, continuing to do so until the carb ran out
Once again I resolve to follow my own advice to change the plug if it
The model plate is missing from the fan cover, it is "engine green" - photos
later- but any ideas what model it might be?
Also, a very curious silencer that I have come by recently. I believe that
it is for a two stroke engine as you can take the back off and clean out the
Any thoughts about engine or silencer identification would be welcome.
I had another go at the Villiers last evening & after a while got it to run
properly & it then ran until I turned the petrol off & ran it dry.
I'm tempted to actually restore this one as it is an ex show engine.
Well, the little Villiers is now running very well. In fact, once it was
hot, I gradually turned the hand nut on top of the carb down until you could
discern the flats on the nut securing the pulley whilst it was running -
perhaps 2-300 rpm. Loading it with a bit of rag deepened the note but
interestingly the revs didn't drop.
It vibrates quite a lot though & walks across the poor dry lawn in a steady
and purposeful manner.
I'm using a mica insulated plug ATM but will revert to the one it came with
I'm quite keen now and will be looking into what model it is more avidly!
Just had a flick through Jack Sizer's booklet and it looks like a Midget
Mark 3 (the first with flywheel fan and cowl) or later. Apparently a
diagnostic feature of the Midget range is that the deflector is at right
angles to the crankshaft rather than in line with it. No introduction
date is given, but the Mark 2 appeared in 1949.
NHH wrote (snip):
But - looking at contemporary guide (by B E Browning) the deflector is
set in line with the crank shaft in the convetional manner - perhaps
Jack's comment only refer to the original 1931 unit.
I'll scan and email the relevant pages which should give you enough info
to confirm or otherwise Midget ID.
Thanks Nick, just the job. The destructions say that the deflector face
should face the transfer port, the inlet port being on the side of the
Got me going now, I have a couple of Mk 1's & a Mk 3 (not Midgets)
I took the Midget 3 to the Wessex crank up on Monday. I had some initial
trouble starting it, but an 18mm NOS aircraft plug was given to me and
serendipitously that fixed it straightaway. It ran very slowly all evening
& used an immeasurable quantity of fuel. It was on bare dirt in a car park
and very slowly rotated, making a noticeable dent in the dirt after a couple
I also had the ST flattie with me which also ran contentedly all evening.
Wessex are at the Hayne's Motor Museum on Sunday should you be in the area.