Hi all, have aquired my first Scott and have been busy reading as much as I can find to educate myself on the subject. Today though, I had my first close look around the oil pump and it’s drive, only to find there is no drive fitted! There is a feed of oil at a lowish rate (dripping not pumping)and the previous owner used to add a little to the fuel. It’s been together for quite a while so was obviously sufficient to do the job, but, I’d like to ask-Is this a common set up? Should I worry? Would you do this?
The bike is a 1929 500cc 3 speed, made to look like a TT rep. Pump mounted on Mag platform, no visible connection to the mag.
Will probably have a few more daft questions in the next few months, hope you can bear with me! I promise to get a hand book as soon as I can. (one on e-bay now)
Seems I will be the first to welcome you.
If you search this forum and read Yowl, you will find that many has converted to drippers.
The pilgrim pump is having problems dealing with modern two stroke oil. It was build for SAE 50 oil, and modern two stroke oil equels SAE 25, so in many cases it has to be adjusted to “next to nothing”.
One of the bigges sources of knowledge is the Scott club and the “Technicalities”, which Steven Enticott did all of us “new” the favour of scanning and put on the internet, see:
Hello Steve – you have opened an “old chestnut” of a debate amongst Scott owners here. I had a similar query concerning my Birmingham Scott last year which prompted an exchange on this forum. If you use the search facility you will find the postings in January 2008 under the heading “Oiling Again”.
By way of follow up the Birmimgham Scott is running well with a prilgrim pump converted to dripper. I am a bit cautious about putting the jinks on it but I have covered many miles this summer so far without any concerns!
I have had oiling problems in the past with my 1928 Flyer which still has the pilgrim pump running from a drive to the mag sproket. The pilgrim pump itself is no problem but the drive is a somewhat flimsy affair and broke once whilst I was in deepest darkest Worcestershire causing a seizure. Happily a road-side bodge-repair using a sliver of plastic cable tie permitted me to continue for the rest of the weekend run into Wales covering a total of some 320 miles.
Welcome to the clan. I hope that you find Scotting the joy that it undoubtdly is !
Sorry, cannot help you with the Pilgrim pumps as my Scotts don’t have any. But welcome to the forum and to the wonderfull thing called Scotting!
PS: on my website on the bottom of the links page you will find a scanned version of the Book of the Scott.
Hello Jan, Lewis and Erik. Thanks for your replies and welcomes. As soon as I’d posted that I wandered off to the Scott technicalities again and read further. I soon realised the typical ‘new bloke’ trap I was falling in to! After only an hour or so I got the gist of why a dripper system is desirable, that mine is exactly that and functioning too.
I will look back at the 2008 posts too, but in the meantime I await my SOC membership and first copy of Yowl with excited anticipation!
Happily the bike is taxed and tested and running quite well. The clutch was giving me some worries but I think I have it beaten now. I will/already have queries brewing, but will have a good scout round the corners you all suggest. Thanks for the tip off about handook on your site, Erik. I have been there already a few times but missed that! Nice site though, and your video on you tube made me smile as well 🙂
Best regards all, Steve.
Sorry Erik, the video I saw was on Franks site, but you probably guessed that anyway. Hot verdomme. 😳