Author Topic: 15 HP Witte hit-and-miss  (Read 7116 times)

Offline Dave Otto

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Re: 15 HP Witte hit-and-miss
« Reply #105 on: July 08, 2020, 11:49:19 PM »
Congratulations Craig, nicely done!


Offline Art K

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Re: 15 HP Witte hit-and-miss
« Reply #106 on: July 09, 2020, 04:05:52 AM »
Great runner! :whoohoo:
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Offline rudydubya

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Re: 15 HP Witte hit-and-miss
« Reply #107 on: July 09, 2020, 06:14:56 AM »
Really good looking engine, Craig.  Nice running too.  Looking forward to seeing it in hit-and-miss mode.


Offline Craig DeShong

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Re: 15 HP Witte hit-and-miss
« Reply #108 on: August 04, 2020, 02:35:56 PM »
Chris, Per, Kirk, Brian, Achim, Art, Rudy, and Dave; thanks for your kind comments.  They are appreciated and were needed.

Iím about done with this model. You may recall that Iím building it for a friend, and a while back I had told him that it wasnít running and if he didnít want it (why would he?), I was going to strip it of parts and toss the rest in the trash.  (I had completed it and then spent over a month, trying to get it to run dependably and I was pretty disgusted with it).

He encouraged me not to do so and stated he was still interested.  That saved it from the scrap binÖ and a day or two later I got one more idea to try in order to produce dependable ignition. 

I re-designed and built the igniter one-more-time and this last version, though it departs somewhat aesthetically from the full size igniter, produces dependable ignition.

Iíve had this model on the bench for a few days or so and now it will start, sometimes with a flick of the flywheel, sometimes more reluctantly with an electric drill; but it will start and run on my schedule, not when it wants too.  Though the governor does not control its speed (which is a disappointment but Iím thinking is a lost cause) Iím calling the model done and am ready to hand it over, with some expectation that it will run dependably for its soon-to-be new owner.

You can see the final video here,9864.0.html
« Last Edit: August 04, 2020, 09:40:27 PM by Craig DeShong »
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