Monday, May 30, 2011

Study in Joseph Lucas

The first rule I made for myself (as former British car owner) when I bought Olivia was to get everything with the name "Lucas" off of it. The only remaining piece is the ammeter and eventually the needle flew off from perpetually flowndering wildly back-and-forth.

After heavy amounts of magneto and generator research I successfully tested my Lucas E3L generator tonight. Thankfully I have a BT-H rather than a Lucas magneto;) I'm gonna have to have a serious discussion with Flathead Rob about antiquated charging/ignition system theory.

I made a lot of progress this weekend for a guy with no parts $$$, I'll try to post some details later. My oldest son came in through the garage tonight and seriously asked where the new old bike went... He didn't even realize it was now in tidy piles.


Flathead45 said...

Does your generator (sorry chap, that's dynamo on your side of the pond) have a separate regulator, or is does it have an adjustable third brush like the Plymouth?

BitMonkey said...

Why of course they use a separate Lucas regulator. Podtronics makes a small 6v solid state regulator lots of people run inside the original Lucas mechanical regulator box.