Australian AMECO Seasprite Outboard

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Australian AMECO Seasprite Outboard

Postby AusAnzani » Wed Sep 05, 2018 3:15 am

G'day all,

Just sharing some pics of a recent resto. This one is an AMECO (Australian Marine Engine Company) Seasprite, manufactured in Melbourne between 1947 and 1950.

The restoration was fairly straight forward. The crank presented the biggest challenge along the way as the original was broken. I found another which was also broken, but provided the parts needed to make one crank from the two.

Hope you enjoy the pics.

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Re: Australian AMECO Seasprite Outboard

Postby AusAnzani » Wed Sep 05, 2018 3:16 am

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Re: Australian AMECO Seasprite Outboard

Postby AusAnzani » Wed Sep 05, 2018 3:18 am

Part 3

Yet to fit carburetter, under-tank throttle, tiller and prop. Also need to replace the points before I can time it correctly.

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Re: Australian AMECO Seasprite Outboard

Postby wbeaton » Sun Nov 04, 2018 1:37 am

Beautiful job. What an interesting outboard. I love seeing all of the Europe and Australia specific outboards. They are certainly not something we ever get to see in North America.

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Re: Australian AMECO Seasprite Outboard

Postby Nudge » Sun Nov 04, 2018 9:58 am

Yes very nice outboard!

How did you go about putting the crank back together?
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Re: Australian AMECO Seasprite Outboard

Postby AusAnzani » Mon Nov 12, 2018 1:43 am

Nudge wrote:Yes very nice outboard!

How did you go about putting the crank back together?


Was a pain in the backside to be honest with you. Some prior aligning using standard tools eg vernier etc, followed by numerous assemble (in crank) rotate, disassemble, tweak, reassemble, rotate etc etc etc. Finally got it to rotate nicely, but I wouldn't want to do it again.

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Re: Australian AMECO Seasprite Outboard

Postby Charles uk » Mon Nov 12, 2018 10:37 am

I think your brave tackling that job.

Hows the big end pin held in location? Interference or Weld?

Difficult to tell from your pictures.
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Re: Australian AMECO Seasprite Outboard

Postby Oyster 49 » Mon Nov 12, 2018 12:29 pm

I was thinking that it looks like a pressed in big end pin. Interesting job to get the crank true after pressing in.

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Re: Australian AMECO Seasprite Outboard

Postby Charles uk » Sat Nov 17, 2018 5:55 pm

As Oyster so correctly stated “the big end pin is held in the crank web by an interference fit”.

In a Seagull 3 piece crankshaft as fitted to post 89 Qubs (Curlew, Osprey, Kingfisher & 5R’s) which look like they have a shorter stroke than your Seasprite, the interference fit is generated by a hard big end pin that is 0.1mm bigger than the hole it gets pressed into.

On a forged EN40B Seagull crankshaft this requires a considerable amount of pressure, and as the pin is so hard, causes the hole to get bigger & slightly misshapen as it stretches easier in the areas with a thinner wall thickness, leaving a hole shaped a bit like a Wankel rotor.
To rebuild a 3 piece Seagull crankshaft it is then necessary to have the holes ground round again & a new oversize pin made that gives the correct interference fit.

Removing & replacing the same pin several times can stretch the hole & reduce the crank webs grip every time you do it, this is more of a problem with bronze main bearings rather than ball races & might be good enough for a 2 minute showing off run in your water butt, but might be very different for a sunny afternoon on the Yarra or the Gippsland lakes.
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Re: Australian AMECO Seasprite Outboard

Postby Oyster 49 » Sun Nov 18, 2018 12:14 pm

When I was an apprentice a mate of mine used to race a 50cc road racer that revved to 16,000 RPM. He used to have to replace the big end every 2 race meetings. He used to bring it in to us in the tool room and we would freeze the pin and warm the crank and press in the new pin. Oversized pins were available and the crank could be reamed out, but the crank only lasted one race season. Then it would have to be checked for alignment and runout between centres.

Fiddly job for sure!

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Re: Australian AMECO Seasprite Outboard

Postby Charles uk » Sun Nov 18, 2018 1:20 pm

I used to have all my cranks rebuilt at Alpha Bearings in Birmingham, who are sadly no longer with us since Max passed on.

All the cranks I rebuilt were always fitted with new pins, bearings & steel conrods & as I used to buy the rods & bearings in batches of 25 to get the price down, I probably have 5 new rods & both bearings left in the drawer, so if anybody wants some.

If anyone knows someone in the UK with the ability to build & rebuild cranks, please let me know.

I also have quite a few, new no longer available Seagull cranks, 170/125 & bronze Kingfisher/QuBs with the correct conrods & new century & 40 series cranks that I'm never going to use.

Finding a toolroom in the UK, would be a hard task let alone trying to do a homer in it, in 2018!
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Re: Australian AMECO Seasprite Outboard

Postby Oyster 49 » Sun Nov 18, 2018 6:30 pm

Ha, we used to do as many “foreigners” as we did proper jobs. I even brought a Hillman Avenger gearbox in for the drive shaft bush to be reamed :P

I heard Alpha are still going after the sad death of the owner?
https://www.oldbikemart.co.uk/alpha-bearings-lives-on/

SEP at Kegworth will be able to rebuild your cranks Charles. They are Near East Midlands Airport.

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Re: Australian AMECO Seasprite Outboard

Postby Charles uk » Sun Nov 18, 2018 7:44 pm

That's very strange, I had a call from their secretary asking if I wanted my box of samples & tooling back or should they dump it, as they were closing on Friday at the end of that week, & all the staff except her had been let go.

On my previous visit I'd left Max with a center fixture that Max was going to check to ensure it was in perfect alignment, it wasn't in my box so I went to see the owner, who'd bought the company from Max 2 or 3 years ago to see if he'd seen it around, no trace, but was told a lot had been binned by then, I will try contacting them on Monday.
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Re: Australian AMECO Seasprite Outboard

Postby Nudge » Mon Nov 19, 2018 9:47 am

It will be a good thing if they are still going.
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Re: Australian AMECO Seasprite Outboard

Postby Charles uk » Mon Nov 19, 2018 11:26 am

Your right they are still there!

Now a bit smaller, with some of the old staff, same location, just a different phone number.

Now I'm going to have to drive to Nertherton, talk to the foreman, to see if they still have the expertise to do my silly jobs.
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