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Stationary Engines / Re: Pardon My Ignorance....
« Last post by Polybus on 24 June, 2020, 10:27:23 pm »
I don't "think" it is a cutout switch - why would they have a 240v rating?  And its a big, substantial solid metal case - way too over engineered for a kill switch I think - but then again - I've got no idea what it is.

And now - I couldn't help myself - I've opened it up - the screws came out surprisingly easily.

Check out these photos - I hope they give someone out there a clue, because I'm still stumped.

The text you can see says:  "Ring Grip" - "Made in Australia" - "Patented".  That's the only text I can see.

There is a mechanism underneath the plastic you can see, but I just can't get a photo of it. The mechanism is worked by the rotating Black Knob and seems to move some type of a cover around whatever is underneath the Black Plastic (not much help - I know).  It seems to remind me just a little bit of a variable capacitor, but I don't think it is.

You will see a couple of small, very corroded screws that hold the entire contents to the cover - I will work at trying to get those out so I can upload some photos of the underside - but the screws are very rusty/correoded, and I'm not sure how much success I'll have.

More later....
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Stationary Engines / Re: Pardon My Ignorance....
« Last post by asw120 on 24 June, 2020, 10:02:37 pm »
I wounder if it isn't just a switch someone has put on to kill the ignition. I have seen vaguely similar rotary knob light switches in old commercial buildings.
Dying to see under that cover...

Jarrod.
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Stationary Engines / Re: Pardon My Ignorance....
« Last post by cobbadog on 24 June, 2020, 09:00:55 pm »
Is still a nystery. Odd that a 240v only has an earth and one other cable. Definately worth knocking the last 3 screws off that cover to see inside.
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Tractors / Re: Austin Tractor 1922
« Last post by famous fitter on 24 June, 2020, 04:08:44 pm »
Hi Rob,

Maybe ask a plumber to buy the Tube wholesale on your behalf ,they may get the tube at a trade or wholesale price that the company cannot give direct to a non account holder. If I go into the local electrical wholesaler outlet the price is retail , if I get my sparky mate to buy it on his account it?s a fair whack cheaper.

It would be better to use hard drawn tube than coil but ya gotta do what ya gotta do !!

Cheers Justin
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Tractors / Re: Austin Tractor 1922
« Last post by cobbadog on 24 June, 2020, 04:01:16 pm »
Maybe running the flexible tube between 3 rollers might bring it back to shape but would be better with a small groove in the rollers to keep it inline.
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Tractors / Re: Austin Tractor 1922
« Last post by Rob Templin on 24 June, 2020, 01:45:33 pm »
Having ordered 42 metres of 3/8 straight copper tube at $31.50 per metre I was informed that the quote was wrong and it was double that. So I have contacted the site in UK posted by Franco. But I think soft copper rolls will do the job just need to make a device to straighten coiled copper. I am sure the cost of the pommie stuff will be more frightening than the straight pipe.
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Stationary Engines / Re: Pardon My Ignorance....
« Last post by Polybus on 24 June, 2020, 12:49:32 pm »
I agree it is an electrical item of some description.

I am going to make this my next project - if only to open this thing up and find out what it is.

I've just bought a  lathe and a Sandblasting cabinet, so there are major changes happening in the workshop, so unfortunately, it may be a little while until I get to it  :(

It's turning into a real mystery.

Polybus
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Stationary Engines / Re: Pardon My Ignorance....
« Last post by Austral on 24 June, 2020, 10:45:14 am »
240v indicates to me that it is an electrical item. I suggest you remove the cap and check for the components of a generator / alternator. 
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Stationary Engines / Re: Pardon My Ignorance....
« Last post by Polybus on 23 June, 2020, 10:40:49 pm »
Actually - I've just been looking over these pictures very much enlarged.

I think I can see "240v" on the front of it - does that help anyone?
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Stationary Engines / Re: Pardon My Ignorance....
« Last post by Polybus on 23 June, 2020, 10:38:32 pm »
More  photos....
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