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As Gerry Howard has now stopped providing a service to overhaul Pilgrim pumps, there is a need to consider how a service can be provided to members. There are two possible aspects that could be considered and as Scott owners are a resourceful lot, I ask if anyone has followed up these or other relevant solutions.
1) Some years ago, I remember seeing Jawa or Eso speedway engines with what were clearly copies of a single feed Pilgrim pump. We can not tell from just looking if they were faithful copies, in that the internal components were made to identical imperial sizes and correct rotation.
Has anyone chased up this route and if so what was the result?
If this option is appropriate, perhaps we could discover who made them and where. A bit of detective work is needed.
2) Some years ago, the dies for pistons held by Hepolite were scrapped without any of us considering this possibility. As I understand, the Pilgrims Way Engineering Company of Canterbury were still in existence recently and although they have not made this product for years, one wonders if they retained the production tooling for this pump.
Has anyone chased up this route?
We really need to think ahead as a group about these things if we are not to be caught out as we have been with pistons. Roger Moss
Did anything ever come of this? What are folks doing with Pilgrim pumps that need rebuilding/repairing?
For about ten years or so my rebuilds have had the Pilgrim pumps converted to non-driven dripper action, which has been described in “Technicalities”. Then four or five years ago I was lucky enough to acquire three unused old stock pumps, and I have fitted them on more recent rebuilds. They are a little “odd”, in that they are the late-type peg operation, which did away with the horrible chrome-plated Mazak end cams, but strangely they have the very early small diameter adjusters, with lock-nuts, as opposed to the more usual type that have large diameter adjusters, serrated on their undersides, with spring-loaded plungers to give a click action. I have no idea when they were made. I wish I could find a PH160 Pilgrim pump, but few were made. They had a built-in reduction gear, and were designed for the Bermuda marine engine, but that engine ended up with petroil lube, and few were made anyway. The last one I saw was in the hands of the late Chris Borman.
You can get anything done if you throw enough money at it. It all depends on the man’s means and his need! Eddie Shermer has converted some Pilgrim pumps. A firm in France will make new bodies http://www.a2c2m.fr
Carl Stormer reported this to me — there is one man in Switzerland who will recondition Pilgrim pumps Karl Rutz in Mollishaus. CH-9225 St. Pelagiberg, tel.: (071) 433 11 12 (private) and (071) 430 05 10 (work) – fax: (071) 433 17 30, produces and supplies parts for Motosacoche and has all necessary parts for Pilgrim pumps, both double and single. He also overhauls old pumps. I asked him whether he would overhaul Pilgrim pumps for Scotts and he said yes. The quality of the parts seen by my friend seemed to be excellent and up to Swiss watchmaker standards.
So it is really only down to what you can afford