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Old 06-20-2005, 10:26:11 PM
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Hi...I picked this wonderful magneto up afew weeks ago...does anybody out there in engine land maybe recognize what engine this might possibly of been used on? Thanks in advance....and especially to Harry!
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Old 06-22-2005, 01:24:12 PM
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Hi Alex,your mag is almost certainly from a Lister engine.I think one of the Listers was a partner hence the L in M.L. They started about 1915.Later M.L.mags were fitted to many British engines. Cheers John.
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Thanks John. What you said makes perfect sence with "Coventry" stamped into it. I was thinking myself that it was possibly British.
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Default Re: ML COVENTRY magneto

The ML Magneto Syndicate had an interesting life, started originally to produce magnetos for UK industries after the start of WWI, as Bosch magnetos couldn't be sourced because of the hostilities.

The company was taken over by Smiths Industries in 1919, and was eventually bought by Lucas.

The flick mag in the picture is probably off an early Lister, probably an L or N or R engine.

They were replaced by rotary chain driven magnetos fairly quickly once they became available, although some engines stayed with the flick mag for certain applications.

Some sources say that the Lister part of the ML name is a coincidence, but if you look at "Listers, The First 100 Years" by David E Evans (ISBN 0 904387 23 2) on page 111 he documents Charles Lister's involvement in setting up ML (and for other work in War Ministries) for which he subsequently received the CBE in 1918.

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