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Roger Moss

Hi James Just a bit I wrote for a customer in New Zealand recently and thought it might be helpful.. Whatever info you get from wherever, I suggest that you make sure it makes logical sense to you before taking it on trust. Other info on my website at http://www.mossengineering.co.uk and if you email me at roger@mossengineerin.co.uk, you can receive a free Scott based newsletter by email. Kindest Regards Roger Moss

Just one point here. The following was for a customer who wishes to use their Scott in Historic Competition for which use I have found that Castor oil is definitely best. For a road bike I personally suggest a classic mono-grade mineral oil of the type used in classic cars SAE 40 or 50 depending on your local temperatures. There are as many suggestions about oiling as there are Scott owners!

Hi Steven
I take a one gallon jug of premium petrol and add 220cc of Castrol R 40 and just give it a bit of a stir
That takes care of the combustion and pistons
Bleed the oil supply pipe to the Pilgrim pump to be sure the pump will get oil without waiting for the pipe to fill
To take care of the main bearings and seals, I suggest that the Pilgrim pump is set to give one drop per beak / side at the seventh “gulp”
You might have to turn the adjusters about one turn anti clockwise so as to increase the delivery and this will help purge any air out of the system
You can then turn the adjustment down to achieve the one drop every seventh gulp
If petroil is not being used, the standard setting for the Pilgrim pump is a drop on the fifth gulp
The normal setup is that wherever you have the pilgrim pump, there are two output pipes, one to each of the oil elbows on the external top of each crankchamber
As these pipes will be empty at the start, I suggest you remove them and use an oil can to about half fill them with R40 plus a squirt in each oil elbow
I suggest that you drain the crankcase wells both sides before you start it
This is a good idea with any Scott if it has been standing for more than three weeks
Before I send out an engine, I give it a bath in a solution of 75% petrol 15% mineral oil and 10% chain saw oil which has an adhesive in it
This is to be sure the oil stays on the surfaces rather than just drains down in case the engine is not used for a long period
Do not worry that you are to use Castrol R40 as with a total loss system, this gives no problem
If it were me, I would take out the plugs and just pour an egg cup full of your petroil into each pot with the piston at TDC then turn the motor over
The first start can be a bit difficult till it clears off excess oil
It is certainly a help to put it on a set of rollers and if reluctant at first, give it a whiff of WD40 in the carb to help
After it has been started and warmed up for the first time, it will start much more easily next time
Sorry if you have been waiting for a reply, as I was asked to take my Scott to exhibit on the VMCC racing section (British Historic Racing) stand over the weekend
My bike does not use a Pilgrim Pump but uses drippers, but then the bike was not made to be original, but to be as good a racing package as I could contrive.
Best of luck
Do let me know how you get on
Ah! One more thing
I suggest you open the workshop doors when you first start it
Kindest Regards