Wednesday, 6 May 2015
A Seagulls second chance, part 3
This update is going to be a really short one, but better than nothing, right?Today I took some time off after work to return to the '60 Seagull. Unfortunately, the camera I normally use was out of reach so I had to use my mobile phone. Apologies for that.
I have made som progress on the engine since the last update. I have found that the cause of the lost spark is a bad coil, so I have to get a replacement. Unfortunately, they are not too common these days, but the work needed to find parts is a big part of the charm of the hobby.
I cleaned up the entire breaker point assembly, installed new wires between the points, the coil and the condenser. I checked the capacitor, and made sure the engine had good ground, a brand new spark plug, a good spark plug wire, but it still wouldn't spark.
So, if anyone has a lead on a good Villiers ignition coil, or on a coil that is non-original but works in this application, please give me a heads up.
After making sure the coil was faulty, I gave up for the day and started an initial cleanup of the engine. This is what it looks like today. Everyone is welcome to chime in on the big question:
To keep as-is or to repaint? Is this engine beyond the point of 'charming patina' or is it a little gem under all the grime and dirt?
Take a look and see what you think.