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What a good bit of luck.... I'm sure they feel as good about helping you out as you feel to have the job done and everything secure and reliable!

Not much you can't cobble together with a zip cutter and a mini welder....

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It is a rather antiquated looking thing isn't it ? I had a Volvo auto of that vintage and it was much the same ... antiquated that is.
My own boat's engine is a 43 year old tractor engine, a Universal Atomic 4 so I'm not the person to be throwing stones about 'antiquated' engines. The flywheel on my engine is enclosed though giving it a newer look.
I do like the look of the free spinning flywheel as you won't find that look on any newer engines.

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Nothing wrong with antiquated Caleb, though the Wombet has her concerns re my antiquity.
Agree re that flywheel. It does look good doesn't it ?

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Nothing wrong with antiquated Caleb, though the Wombet has her concerns re my antiquity.
Agree re that flywheel. It does look good doesn't it ?
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dongle got wet so no internet connection

The beast is an 8hp MD1

the design is about 60 years old - but the beast has only been in the slug for about four years - apparently the engine sat in the window of a yacht chandlers for about fifteen years before it was moved to the back of the workshop where it sat for another 30 years before being used as a heart transplant.

the flywheel is big enough to do justice to a tractor

I am told that it makes the beast a very smooth running unit for a single pot diesel

However, it does shake the cutlery around a bit

the slogging power is astonishing and it is parsimonious when it comes to fuel

runs all day on a gallon.

the Md1s were fitted to much bigger boats - up to 24 foot

at half revs the slug chugs along along at 4 knots - you can crank the beast up and it will surge up to a massive 4.5 knots

so we go nowhere fast.

I was amazed that people were prepared to fork out real spondulicks to keep the beast in the slug

so now I feel very attached to the thing - primarily because other poeple like it so much

if anyone want the beast starting as a ring tone pm me and I will send it to you

it starts with the sound of the dynastart - the beast chugs , coughs a little and then kicks into life

it gets some great reactions when the phone goes

one other bloke now has it as the start up noise for windows computer

as for Al and Stewy - salt of the earth

reckon a TV series following them on their sailing adventures would be wonderful

right now Al is in a mates trimaran on his way to the Channel Islands

good egg

its great to be the sort of bloke who just grabs adventures when they come along

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Dylan,
Don't you just hate it when your dongle gets wet? I know I do. (not)

I do have a thing for older working engines though. The design of the Atomic 4 engine in my boat is also at least 60 years old and was used extensively as an engine for farm vehicles, military applications and boats. Simply designed and easy to repair by anyone with 2 thumbs and 8 fingers. That is the beauty of older engines - simplicity. There is also a kind of beauty that you managed to find those 2 blokes (Stewey and Al) to help you out. If you had not been blogging KTL all this time they might not have heard of you.

Glad to hear you are back out on the briny sea with beast and slug intact.

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