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Hercules S spring size

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Old 07-04-2005, 12:29:45 PM
Ellen Kay Rees Ellen Kay Rees is offline
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Smile Hercules S spring size

I am currently restoring a 1925 Hercules S series Hit & Miss. I am having a problem determining the correct spring size for the firing arm. The one that came with it had been jerry rigged in and did not allow the engine to fire. I have now got spark from the magnito and know that if I could get the right tension and size spring it would run. The compression is great.
I am really hoping that there are other women out there that enjoy hit & miss engines and are just learning as I am. I will probably have a lot of questions but have been told that you will all help me when I do - a big thank you in advance.
I also am getting ready to work on a 1919 McCormick Deering that is on it's original cart and runs like a sweetheart just need a lot of TLC.
That brings up a good question - restore or leave in present state and just tighten up cart and make safe? A question that is always asked and would love to know the general concensous.
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Old 07-04-2005, 09:21:15 PM
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Default Re: spring size

Hi Ellen, If you call Hit & miss Enterprises, they will hook you up with the correct size. There is a card on them on this site. Smoke (PA)
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Old 07-05-2005, 01:24:23 AM
Larry Dunlap Larry Dunlap is offline
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Ellen,If the McCormick Deering was mine I would tighten up the cart and leave the engine as is they are only original once.Have fun!! Larry
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