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Offline cardan

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E.I.C. A2 magneto for RA Douglas
« on: 07 Mar 2020 at 06:51 »

The EIC A2 magneto for the RA is a bit unusual: it is anti-clockwise rotation (viewed from the drive end) and it mounts with a clamp over the top. A similar version was used on the S1/S2 and OB, albeit with different mounting.

There is a more common version of the A2 that went on 2 3/4 models in the mid 1920s: it is CW rotation, and has a base plate with "wings" and two holes for mounting.

I have built up an A2 for my RA/TW, but I have a couple of issues:

(a) Did the original EIC A2 magnetos for OHV Douglases use the small "M" taper (where the drive gear is held in place by a screw into the armature), or the larger "K" taper? All the A2s I've seen have the small taper, but the magneto drive gear in the RA is bored for a K taper.

(b) What sort of base plate was used when the magneto was clamped to the top of the motor? I have fitted a plain base plate - with no wings - but there is a bit of movement fore-and-aft movement between the mounts. This wouldn't effect the meshing of the gears, but should the magneto fir snugly between the mounts?

Any help appreciated.

Leon

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Re: E.I.C. A2 magneto for RA Douglas
« Reply #1 on: 08 Mar 2020 at 06:09 »
Leon,

I understand Douglas may have had a special mounting platform for the EIC A2 as used on the OB and possibly other OHV engines for 1924. The distance across the base is 2 15/16". Not sure if this helps but I have sent you a PM with some more details.

Cheers

Ian

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Re: E.I.C. A2 magneto for RA Douglas
« Reply #2 on: 08 Mar 2020 at 06:54 »
Thanks Ian. 2 15/16" (just a tick under 75mm) would be a nice fit between the RA magneto mount lugs, and there is a witness mark on the crankcase to suggest this was the original setup. I found two EIC baseplates, but although both give the correct spindle height, they are both a bit narrow - one by about 1mm the other by about 2mm.

Any idea what the OB baseplate looks like?

Leon

 

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