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#1 bowtiebutler956 OFFLINE  

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Posted January 25, 2013 - 11:11 PM

 This is a little 43 Briggs Model N Lever Start that I picked up recentley. I noticed it was military green below one of the gas tank straps, but as I stripped the paint off, I found it was olive drab directley on top of the original Briggs brown primer, so this use to be a military engine. After some valve adjustment, carb cleaning, etc, I had it running. The original gas tank was really beat up, and I had one in much better shape, so I used it. I'll fix the original tank as time permits. Rebuilding gas tanks is a very time consuming ordeal. These first pics, and video are of when I got it, and during the rebiuld. Although it didn't smoke, I always at least re-ring my engines. I also replaced the connecting rod as it was showing some wear, and of course new crank seals, and gaskets.

 

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Posted January 25, 2013 - 11:24 PM

 Here are some more pics, and a video after rebuild. Some of these military N's had a kill switch built into the shroud, which this one doesn't have, but it does have a hole, and a wire loom on the back of the magneto plate for a remote kill switch. None of my civilian N's have this feature. I took a close up of this in one of the pics. Its pretty well done, other than getting the decals for the oil bath air filter, a reproduction ID tag to replace the old faded out original, and I'm going to install a old vintage Briggs pancake muffler on it. Thanks for reading. :thumbs:

 

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Posted January 26, 2013 - 12:31 AM

Matt, Boy did you ever do a nice job on this one. I hope you can find the right kill switch for it. 

 

I have been wondering where you were, hadn't seen you posting much lately. Glad to see you save another one !!


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Posted January 26, 2013 - 12:49 AM

I've also been wondering where you were, but I see you've been busy. I just love that style of round tank on them old briggs.

You did an awesome job with that one Matt.  :thumbs:


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Posted January 26, 2013 - 08:46 AM

One of the nicest and best sounding engines i have seen!!!


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Posted January 26, 2013 - 09:43 AM

Especially nice job ! I never noticed the safety chain on the oil plugs before, have I just been missing that detail or is the military unit different? well anyway really nice  :worshippy1:  :thumbs:


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Posted January 26, 2013 - 09:53 AM

Especially nice job ! I never noticed the safety chain on the oil plugs before, have I just been missing that detail or is the military unit different? well anyway really nice  :worshippy1:  :thumbs:

 The chain on the Filll/check plugs was used on the early model N's with this type of oil pan, that had an oil pump rather than a dipper on the rod. Here is a pic of my 1944 Briggs N. Thanks for the encouraging words. :thumbs:

 

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Posted January 26, 2013 - 05:29 PM

Thanks for the additional info. I think that is the third or fourth engine I've seen that you have done, they must make a truly awesome collection when gathered together. :worshippy1:


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Posted January 26, 2013 - 07:15 PM

Thanks for the additional info. I think that is the third or fourth engine I've seen that you have done, they must make a truly awesome collection when gathered together. :worshippy1:

  You  have more old engines?  put some more pics or vids of them. you do awesome work!! :smiley-score010:  :canada:


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Posted January 26, 2013 - 07:43 PM

Nice job on the Briggs!!  :thumbs:  :thumbs:    Picked up a kick start military N this summer, on the shelf waiting it's turn, hope it looks half as nice as yours!!


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Posted January 26, 2013 - 09:26 PM

Matt

 

Nice job on the Briggs!!  :thumbs:  :thumbs:    Picked up a kick start military N this summer, on the shelf waiting it's turn, hope it looks half as nice as yours!!

 I would love to see picks of you kick start N. I still don't have a kick start N. I have 2 kick start WM's, 2 kick WMB's, and 2 kick WI's, but not an N. I like pics of them still in their work clothes too. :thumbs:

  You  have more old engines?  put some more pics or vids of them. you do awesome work!! :smiley-score010:  :canada:

 

Thank You, and I've been thinking about trying to make a video of all my engines running at the same time, but it would be interesting trying to start 20+ engines up at one time! My arm gets tired just thinking about it! :bigrofl:  I'll try, and do something. :thumbs:

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted January 27, 2013 - 05:43 PM

I have never seen a lever start before. That is neat. Beautiful job on it too.
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