Well, finding motors like this one is not very easy. In fact I suggested to Wulffo to buy it for our project.
I have been offered another DIII some time ago, but that one was not even in such a good condition that it could serve as a decoration dummy *:'( . This was the reason why I did not buy it, although from today´s point of view it was worth its pricing then.
Once Wulffo´s engine arrives at our workshop we will start to work on the two exhaust collectors. We will do two different forms. Our D.VII will be in the version of the lower exhaust outlet that comes all through the panels, while Wulffo´s D.VII might get the horizontal version, but this is not yet decided at all.
Well, we keep on searching, too.
In the meantime we do also restore small engine parts. We have done one ZH6 Bosch magnetos for instance and have also restored one of the System I starting magnetos required for the D.VII as well. The starting magneto can be found on our website in the "Collections" section. The ZH6 can be found there as well, but in the unrestored condition.
Oh, well, while speaking of the ignition systems. It might be of interest to learn that one of my guys here - Wolfgang Schuster - has a strong interest in doing one of our CD-Rom books of the "Aviation - In Detail" series about the "Bosch Ignition Sytems". That one might turn out useful and interesting, since it will show a lot of images of the inner parts and their operation as wellas some text explaining the differences and historic background on the "Bosch System III" that was replaced by "Bosch System I". We will see how he comes along with it. At present he is busy learning and exercising to weld oxyacetylene......
- just joking, he is not that bad in it....
Yesterday we got our new "old" lathe, and we are also busy getting familiar with it. Although it is a neat and small piece that fits well in our workshop, it weights some 250 kg.
Baddy (left) and Woofy (right) are cleaning the machine.