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Old 16-08-09, 04:35 PM   #1
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Hello,
As this is my first posting here may I give a little intro.I have been interested in restoring old machinery, cars etc for far too many years
(I am now in my 60s).
In2002 I suffered a stroke resulting in paralysis of my left arm and leg, which curtailed most of my practical activities. I have a small Douglas stationary engine which when hoisted by friends onto my workbench is about the size I can still handle. I bought this some years ago and know little about it (the magneto is missing but the guy I bought it off says it should be fitted with a Wico type A, which I can probably create from parts I have lying around.
Can anyone tell me how I can ascertain either a model number or anything else useful about it? Also is any technical literature or spares available. I see this as long-term occupational therapy rather than a quick restoration (very little is "quick" for me nowadays)
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Old 16-08-09, 04:46 PM   #2
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Hello Peter

Welcome to the forum.

I do not know much about douglas engines but there are others on here who do.

Wish you the best with your project.

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Old 16-08-09, 05:27 PM   #3
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Hi Peter,

I have a single cylinder Douglas, is yours a single ? If it is its probably an SV. They were built in 4 sizes- 450, 540, 630 and 770 cc and production started just after WW2.

If you do a search on the forum under Douglas, there was a discusion about these engines a little while ago, including some photos of my engine.

Also, I have a photo copied manual, if you you send me your address, via a private message, I will post it to you so you can photocopy it and post it back to me.

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Old 16-08-09, 07:35 PM   #5
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i have one in bits atm still after some bits but im getting there.
hop you suceed with the engine
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Old 16-08-09, 09:06 PM   #6
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hi peter

welcome to the forum

regards mike.

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Old 17-08-09, 12:03 PM   #7
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Thanks to everyone for your welcome comments, Rob in particular.

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Old 18-08-09, 01:04 AM   #8
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Hi Peter,

I have a single cylinder Douglas, is yours a single ? If it is its probably an SV. They were built in 4 sizes- 450, 540, 630 and 770 cc and production started just after WW2.

If you do a search on the forum under Douglas, there was a discusion about these engines a little while ago, including some photos of my engine.

Also, I have a photo copied manual, if you you send me your address, via a private message, I will post it to you so you can photocopy it and post it back to me.

Cheers
Rob
Rob , seeing this post on Douglas engines reminded me that I have one in my old shed [things in there waiting ]
I have just had a look at it .The name plate is damaged but i can make out what looks like SV 6..... .Maybe it is a SV630. It is complete ,the carburetor is a Zenith and it has a large air cleaner , I have not taken the latter to pieces but it could also be an oil bath type . From what i can see the only damage seems to be the alloy intake manifold and the alloy muffler ,broken flange on both but easly repaired.
The engine was given to me ,sometimes you cant say no but when told about it I thought it might be one of the little a/c flat twins ,but no it wasn't!
I have tried to give the engine away a couple of times but no one wants it so I am stuck with it ..........so I will restore it .
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Hi Peter,

Welcome to the forum
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