Almost 2 years ago, I bought this V4-8 from member DH1. Doug to it to Will's place in Canada, then Nutndun bought an HD-12 that Will picked up for him up there. So George & Grand picked it up and took it to his place in PA. Brian (TD&H) had intended to up up soon after to bring it to me as he went to get his stuff at George's place. Plans went bad on Brian then, but he made the trip & just dropped off the V4-8 today. Hasn't ran at least for 2 years and has been outside. But you know, I put gas in it, gave it a pull, and the darned thing started up!
Here she is.
The recoil had no spring inside, so I removed the assembly & replaced with a starter/generator pulley so I wouldn't have to rewind the recoil by hand.
The recoil catch that bolts to the flywheel is almost worn completely out as well, so I need to find a better one.
Once I got it started, I wanted to give it a drive, but the variator was rusted solid & would NOT budge. I had to take it apart, then use a press to push the center off the sliding sheave. Then I had to do a lot of sanding & polishing on the center bushing & main shaft before it would slide right. Finally got it repaired & works perfect.
Of course it needs the carb cleaned & adjusted to run great, but it doesn't smoke at all. Head gasket is leaking, but no biggie. Lots more to be done, but nothing major. For the time being she will not be restored, just mechanically repaired.
Anyway, it was dark, but I HAD to take a video while driving it. Was a cold rain mixed with sleet, and most of the video is too dark to see, but you can see it's the V4-8 on my first drive with it!
Thanks Doug, Will, George & George, and last but not least, Brian!