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jonryan12/01/2018 17:48:06
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img_0030.jpgAnyone know what this is? img_0028.jpg

Engine Doctor12/01/2018 17:56:18
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Hi . Its a "K" Vulture Mk 1 5cc made in Dartford Kent around 1947/8 . Good find

Percy Verance12/01/2018 17:57:33
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Mmm, well it's old/interesting. Looks to be the 781st one they made too. Beyond that I have no idea.......

The knurled ring looks a bit of an oddity.

Peter Miller12/01/2018 18:07:57
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I had one back in the 50s. Never could get it to run or even fire.

jonryan12/01/2018 18:11:18
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Posted by Engine Doctor on 12/01/2018 17:56:18:

Hi . Its a "K" Vulture Mk 1 5cc made in Dartford Kent around 1947/8 . Good find

There ain't half some knowledgeable people around here! Thanks, ED.

"Mmm, well it's old/interesting. Looks to be the 781st one they made too. Beyond that I have no idea.......

The knurled ring looks a bit of an oddity."

Yeah, never seen one of those. Perhaps the cylinder needed regular changing?

brokenenglish12/01/2018 18:21:25
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Posted by Percy Verance on 12/01/2018 17:57:33:

Mmm, well it's old/interesting. Looks to be the 781st one they made too. Beyond that I have no idea.......

The knurled ring looks a bit of an oddity.

Percy, it looks like S/N 731 to me.

PatMc12/01/2018 21:02:22
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Test from AM Jan 1949 - here.

Note that the engine, when new, would have been supplied complete with a glowplug conversion head.

Edited By PatMc on 12/01/2018 21:03:56

dave windymiller12/01/2018 21:07:34
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Kemps made a few different engines. This is a friends 2cc Kemps k Falcon with the same knurled fitting but unusual intake on the bottom of the crank. There was a K Kestral too of similar size

Kemps Falcon 2cc 1950ish

Alan Hilton13/01/2018 09:17:05
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A mate collects old engines .He says that the rubbish that didn’t run fetch the best prices .So you may be onto a winner value wise

Alan

ted hughes13/01/2018 09:44:17
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Posted by Alan Hilton on 13/01/2018 09:17:05:

A mate collects old engines .He says that the rubbish that didn’t run fetch the best prices .So you may be onto a winner value wise

Alan

Two sold on EBay last November, £150 and £160 each!

Percy Verance13/01/2018 09:59:23
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What you really want is a Gerald Smith Skylark. Or indeed any Gerald Smith engine. Acquiring one isn't easy though, they usually sell for thousands when they do come up..........

Percy Verance13/01/2018 09:59:23
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What you really want is a Gerald Smith Skylark. Or indeed any Gerald Smith engine. Acquiring one isn't easy though, they usually sell for thousands when they do come up..........

Percy Verance13/01/2018 09:59:51
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Ooop double post.

David Davis13/01/2018 10:00:25
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I gave away a 2cc Kay Kestrel a few years agoblush.

brokenenglish13/01/2018 10:03:21
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Here are all the diesel K Vultures.

k vulture compo.jpg

Engine Doctor13/01/2018 10:13:56
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The knurled ring /nut was a feature of their early series of Kemp engines. They later changed their name to "K" engineering . The earlier series of side port engines looked really old design , a bit "Wallace and Grommet" were made of magnesium and turned black with age. No they didn't need the cylinder changing that often. These early one fetch really good money . Don't forget that back then the design of engines was rapidly changing and what seems a bit naff now was cutting edge back then .

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