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Old 01-09-2017, 05:09:45 PM
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Default Continental recoil parts

Can anyone help with parts locations for a recoil starter for a Continental AU8B single cylinder engine. I need them for a restoration of an old small tractor?
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Default Re: Continental recoil parts

Tom Ball,

You're going to have to do a bit better information wise. Maybe post a picture of what you have. To the best of my knowledge Continental did not make any recoils of their own, but when so equipped used purchased parts. I have seen these with Schnacke recoils but that's not to say there aren't others, or that some previous owner didn't adapt one himself.

I expect someone with more knowledge will help, but myself all I can suggest is everyone's most well-hated online auction site. I think there are some suppliers that deal exclusively in these old Continentals too. But once again I don't know of any.

Good luck!
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Here are some pictures of what I'm working on. All the guts are missing from the recoil. Note the nut that holds the flywheel on. That is the part the recoil must engage by my way of thinking.
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Yup, That's a Schnacke. I'm not sure what that is all about with the teeth on the end of the flywheel nut, though. The Schnackes I am familiar with engage onto the hex and do not have those teeth. As to parts, I suspect you will have to find someone who has one sitting in their junk box. I have a similar Schnacke on a K90 Kohler generator engine. That set is apart as I search for parts. If I can find the starter and if you wish I can take a picture of the flywheel side of the thing, at least.
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Thanks for the info. I would like to see the pics if you get time. Yesterday, I adapted a Tecumseh starter and cup. I had to space the cup out from the flywheel with washers but it worked and I got it running. I would still put it back original if I find the parts. If not, I will probably machine a solid spacer and leave it as it is now.
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I have several of those notched nuts, they were used with a matching piece that was chucked up into a drill. I have NOS 4 or 5 different thread sizes, they have been in the back isle for 50 years!
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What purpose did the notched nut serve when the recoil was bolted on? Was it one of those deals where if the recoil fails you can pull it off and still start the engine, similar to the starter cups having a notch in the outer edge to wind a rope around ? I would think you would need a large drill to turn that baby over.
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That nut fit the sprocket on the recoil on Davy Bradley cont. engine they use.
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That is the military Version of the beloved Schnacke recoil and you do find them on ebay generally they had a cable not a rope hole claw its called but also called a Schnacke
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You are right about the cable instead of the rope. This one has a cable. I haven't seen the machine it came off yet. I'm told it is some sort of a small tractor that was used to push shopping carts at an old grocery store, possibly an adaptation of a military machine. I'll try and get a picture of it.
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