Restoring some small british Diesels updated 03/10/2015
I have purchased a number of old and battered British Diesel engines. I plan to restore all (or at least as many as possible) to good running condition.
Here is a list of the engines I have for restoration at present:-
1: DC 1cc Spitfire: I have 1 aircooled and 1 watercooled converted to aircooled of these. One is a well used version and one appears unrun.
2: DC 0.75cc Merlin: 1 is a standard Merlin & Looks reasonable so just a cleanup and one a Super Merlin I also have a new crankcase
3: DC 1.5cc Sabre: I have 3 aircooled and 1 water cooled of these and I also have a spare crankcase(new>
4: DC 350: This is an Ebay purchase in very poor condition. It had been converted to glow ignition and a lot of the fins broken off. As it is an engine that is both old and rare I have a plan to rebuild it that should return it to a good visual condition and make it a runner. I may have to rebore it and I will have to make a new head and a new contra piston.
5: DC Dart 0.5cc ! off in good condition in original box.
6: ME Heron 1cc: 1 off in good condition
7: AM 2.5cc: 1 off in good condition - anodising very faded and a bit worn.
8: AM 3.5cc: 1 off in good condition & 1 off good condition in original box.
9: Albion Dart 0.5cc 1 off in good condition in repro box
10: Mills .75: This is an old British Mk2 version in reasonable condition. All I had to do was to make a new comp screw to replace the round head screw that had been inserted. I have run this engine and it performs well.
11: ED 0.46cc: Reasonable cosmetic condition but needs a rebore & a tank.
12: Ed Racer 2.5cc: 1 off in reasonable condition with magnesium crankcase + enough bits to build 2 more with alluminium crankcases.
13: ED mk 4 Hunter 3.39cc: 3 off, 2 in excellent condition and 1 with some corrosion on the case.
14: Frog 2.49cc: I have 5 of these. 1 is in good condition, 3 are in a quite poor state & are incomplete aero versions and one is a complete watercooled version. I have managed to obtain a good crankcase and so I now think that I will be able to build 4 working engines with 3 of them very original
I will keep a blog of progress here.
DC 350 as received.
Top view of the DC 350 The head is brass and heavy.