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Help: I need help & pictures of a 4hp Root & Vandervoort not sure what it takes to make the spark ?...

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Old 04-25-2011, 08:10 PM
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I need help & pictures of a 4hp Root & Vandervoort not sure what it takes to make the spark ? Will post pictures of what I have. Also need the Gov.
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Default Re: Root & Vandervoort

Your engine looks to be modified somewhat.

I think it originally had an ignitor in place of the block with the spark plug. I don't know how the original system worked, if it had a mag, etc.

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You are missing the ignitor and trip. Here is one on a 1hp:

R&V used the same ignitor on all the different horsepower 'Triumph Line' engines.
Here is the govenor in place on the 1hp engine:

and the almost finished govenor for my 4hp engine:

The govenors are the same design on the different horsepower L Line engines but are just scaled up.
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Your engine is a 1912. You are also missing the fuel line and the detent block which goes in the top hole above the pushrod. The detent block is used by the arm from the governor assembly to allow the engine to coast between firings. Mike Schlender in WI may be able to help you with parts. His contact info is listed on the R & V website.
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These are some pictures from my 4 hp CL engine I just finished. I hope they will help. I also noticed that your tag is like mine and somewhat different. Notice that the HP on the tag is crowded together. Others that I have seen are just HP. My serial number is CL31398.
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Default Re: Root & Vandervoort

As is it has been rigged to opperate a buzz coil somehow. Usually the ones I have seen are done by either adding a pin onto the cam gear to contact a wiper. Or by using the old ignitor trip to contact a wiper. Since your missing the igniter trip I would assume the former. I also saw a bizare setup were they used the ignitor to time the buzz coil. Seemed to me like that set up combined the worst of both worlds. You still had to time the ignitor to the engine and in an essentially dead space off of the cylinder it would be highly suseptable to fouling.
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My CL has a long way to go

It has the more generic R&V tag with no mention of JD.
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