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Post by bigscale on Wed Jun 06, 2018 4:52 pm

First trip out sunday got back today wednesday started of from huntingdon arrived at St Neots about 20.00 hrs had a few beers and a meal at the weatherspoon great value,got up monday morning turn on ignition nothing well not being mechanical minded called out the rcr for the first time along came pat a great fellow and eventually found the brand new ignition and packed up.He wired up the solenoid two wires one in a choc block and she started up straight away  and we carried on our journey to bedford moored at a couple of hotels one had a wedding going with flame dancers and lots of other things and me thinking i could buy a freeman 30 with the amount of money that cost,anyway it was a great journey and when the sun came out i was in love with my boat again 
ps ordered a lucas ignition on the monday should be here tomorrow or friday have i defeated the gremlins at last i doubt it
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Post by RichK on Wed Jun 06, 2018 5:05 pm

Which part of the ignition packed up, key switch ?
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Post by Minerva on Wed Jun 06, 2018 5:50 pm

"He wired up the solenoid two wires one in a choc block "

sounds like the solenoid.
you can turn ignition on and just short the high tension sides to fire the starter.
The moving core switch can seize.
On the original ones you could press a button on the top which manually moved the core switch....used to be useful in cars as you could fire the engine with your head under the bonnet.

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Post by BotleyBouy on Wed Jun 06, 2018 8:57 pm

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:....eventually found the brand new ignition and packed up.....ps ordered a lucas ignition on the monday should be here tomorrow or friday have i defeated the gremlins at last i doubt it

I think you'll find "Lucas" is actually 卢卡斯. When you fit your new one be prepared for the next failure by keeping an eye on eBay or going to auto-jumbles for an old classic car ignition switch off a Ford, MG or Triumph or similar. Like these...

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Ideally you take an AVO with you to an auto jumble and test before you buy. If you don't know how, find someone to show you. It's dead easy. Second hand old Lucas stuff is far superior to the Chinese replicas.

Don't worry if it hasn't got a key. Just make sure it's cheap and has a number stamped on it. Keys are readily available for these old locks. Although an electrical screwdriver works just as well  Very Happy

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Post by bigscale on Thu Jun 07, 2018 1:07 am

i could start it from the solenoid button no trouble but not ideal when in a lock i am no expert just a novice the way he wired it up turn on the ignition put the to wires together and away she went.I suppose the way things are made these days lucas or not everything a gamble  all one can do is pay up and hope for the best but the sun shone wednesday a bottle off speckled hen and all troubles faded away.Seen oliver he is going to fit new ignition and i will have another trip
ps i am seventy six and i was pleasantly surprised how many seventy to eighty were on the river on their own  goes to show your never to old  i can still do all the locks climb down deep lock ladders for which i am grateful
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Post by Minerva on Thu Jun 07, 2018 8:54 am

Newton's first law of inertia! The secret is not to stop but keep going! Good stuff!

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Post by BotleyBouy on Sun Jun 17, 2018 5:06 pm

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[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:....eventually found the brand new ignition and packed up.....ps ordered a lucas ignition on the monday should be here tomorrow or friday have i defeated the gremlins at last i doubt it

I think you'll find "Lucas" is actually 卢卡斯. When you fit your new one be prepared for the next failure by keeping an eye on eBay or going to auto-jumbles for an old classic car ignition switch off a Ford, MG or Triumph or similar. ...Second hand old Lucas stuff is far superior to the Chinese replicas.....Don't worry if it hasn't got a key. Just make sure it's cheap and has a number stamped on it. Keys are readily available for these old locks. .......


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I also picked up two spare keys for a fiver. So compared to the cost of the lock and one key I was obviously ripped off  Laughing

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Re: freeman 22 mk2

Post by bigscale on Mon Jun 18, 2018 1:38 am

bargain but i have the new lucas ignition and must say the quality feel seems good we will see
`also the rcr is great value for money would not be without now just renewed
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