Breisch Associated Casting Kit

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rodue

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nice fine, it looks like it has the crankshaft casting that wasn't suppled in my kit. I purchased mine in the 80s
 

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I’m trying to deciding where to start. This will be a fun project. Did you finish yours?
 

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When I built mine, I started with the base. I marked it out to have the cuts land the various features centered on the bosses and so on. The most important was getting the crank centerline centered on the bearing bosses. Once that was all lined out, I fixtured it up, milled the bottom flat, put in the screws holes, plus a couple of precision dowel holes that I could then use to repeatedly and precisely put the casting on an off big angle plate dedicated to machining the engine. I needed to be able to do this because I was using school and employer shop equipment, so could not leave any setups past lunch hour. Building the engine this way took years, but it turned out nicely and is a great runner.
 

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I did not know there were two sizes. This one has 6-1/2” flywheels and the water hopper bolts to the head. Your mag ignition is impressive. Does it work like a Wico?
 

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I don't think there were two sizes of Breisch Hired Man. Paul offered the Hired Man and the Lil Brother. Perhaps you are thinking of the latter. I recall that the Hired Man was offered as water- and air-cooled versions, and spark or hit'n'miss in each. I have one of his sales brochures from the early 80s around someplace.
 

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the mag works it using peso from a charcoal lighter you have to change the cam and a way to stop it doing the coasting other wise the peso doesn't last, I made it look like a Wico.
 

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I made my Hired Man with modern tech ignition: a Howell solid state buzz coil circuit and Hall effect triggers for timing and holding fire when the engine is coasting.
 

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Hall effect is an interesting solution. I’m currently deciding on a cutting tool for the timing gears and thinking about ignition at the same time. I had a large horizontal mill available when I made the rack for my vintage vertical mill which is just big enough.
 
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Found the brochure for the Associated. Starting the crank and base. Have a bar of Babbitt for the bearings.
Hmmm - - - - its not clear from your description - - - how are you planning on using the babbitt?
 

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I was planning to use babbitt. I’ve poured bearings on a few full sized engines and thought it might be closer to an original.
 

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I was planning to use babbitt. I’ve poured bearings on a few full sized engines and thought it might be closer to an original.
OK - - - - the way the phrase was written didn't preclude machining the babbitt to fit - - - but that's not what you're planning.
Grin - - - carry on - - - you will also then have the joy of scrapping them to fit. Good on you.
 

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