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Not often you see one of these and even rarer to see one run :-) ttfn Roland

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I find that the full ebay url seems to throw my browser sometimes, so now I try and cut off the bit immediately after the item number which always works first time out for me. It may just be Opera playing up, but a number of others have had problems with unrelated urls in the past, so probably worth keeping the details to a minimum.

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I also fell across PTFE's two articles on his own Wizard, and had yet another chuckle at his description of getting the beast sorted out and running.

Worth reading again if you get the time, and also the Atomic and Fowler articles, very entertaining!


-- Peter A Forbes Prepair Ltd, Luton, UK snipped-for-privacy@easynet.co.uk

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All, Does anyone know of a Wizard that runs well, and is rallied regularly?

I'd love to see and hear one. This one sounded just as cantankerous as Philip's!

I wouldn't much fancy the drive to and from Fochabers. I suspect it could be a little like Philip's epic from Cumbria with the Atomic, or Kim's Parson's progress from North of the wall!

Regards, Arthur G

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I have a seen a couple of the 7 hp ones that run OK, but they are difficult to start, mainly due to the fact of the wrist breaker handle being positioned on the edge of a very large flywheel. You can only just get up enough speed to take it over compression, and if it doesn't start fairly promptly you collapse in an exhausted sweaty heap in short order. Whichever size, they aren't a start and forget engine, you do need to keep an eye on them. The lift of the fuel valve and the governor spring tension are very interdependent. I suspect when brand new, and individually set up at the factory, which I believe they were, they were just about OK. There must have been a very persuasive local agent up in Scotland, a number of Wizards found their way up there. Oh, and I think the engine in question is a 3.5/4 hp, not 5 hp.

Best Regards

Philip T-E

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