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Nelson Brothers 3HP Jumbo Hit and Miss Engine


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Old 01-02-2018, 09:21:41 PM
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Hello all, I recently aquired this Nelson Brothers 3HP Jumbo and thought I would share some pictures and a bit of history.
From what I gather it was used in a Bakery here on the island of Grand Cayman, and judging by the appearance it has not run in many decades. It is only the 3rd Hit and Miss engine I have come across in my life, and it is the most complete. These are quite a rarity on this island.
It is seized, the mag is missing and there is certainly a lot of rust everywhere but worst of all the water Jacket is rusted through underneath the cylinder.
I currently have been applying penetrating oil to it with a view to disassembly and hopes of possibly getting it running again. Any comments are welcome.
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Will,
Your engine originally used a Remy Bros. high tension magneto. They suffered from a very poor grade of 'white metal' housing and very few working units exist. A photo of one in 1st post in this thread:
https://www.smokstak.com/forum/showthread.php?t=174617
You could run it with a buzz coil & battery or get a Webster or Wico mag, bracket & trip.

Water jacket can be repaired by welding, brazing or epoxy. If it's also rusted thru into cylinder it would require sleeving.
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Thank you sir, for the link and information.
Very interesting.

I had the same train of thought regarding the cylinder.
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Is this engine a hit & miss? The governor linkage and shape of the carburetor tell me that its a throttle governed type, since there is no pushrod latch.

Very interesting and somewhat unusual Nelson survivor regardless if it really was meant for a Remy magneto instead of the more commonly seen Wico EK.
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