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    Hello...I would appreciate info or feedback in reference to the following question.
    Can a Bing carb on a 1977 GFP (Forty Plus) be replaced with a late 70's Forty Plus Villiers carb?
    Thank you....

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    Default Re: British Seagull Question

    I would say, probably.
    However these people should know
    http://www.saving-old-seagulls.co.uk...buy_spares.htm
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Default Re: British Seagull Question

    ....Thanks for the reply.....That's the first place I went....John is currently on a 10 week sail and doesn't return for over a month.

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    Default Re: British Seagull Question

    I'd expect that cabling might be different - but that's probably about all.
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    Default Re: British Seagull Question

    On the "Century" models using an Amal the carb has different jetting for the 20:1 vs the 10:1 fuel mix, which is a year model change.

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    Default Re: British Seagull Question

    ..Garret...yep...a new throttle cable and fuel line/fitting will be req'd. They need replacing, anyway.
    ..Canoeyawl...The Villiers is Jetted 25/1 or can be re-jetted from the 10/1....Bing is fine at 25/1.
    Thank you both for your replies!

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    Default Re: British Seagull Question

    Just picked up our Silver Century Plus from a service. (ie some new seals, Throttle cable, clean out gearbox oil which had turned to paste.
    Bad news was the head has started to rust from the water cooling section. Good news is that as it's cracked to the outside it's still usable, just has a drip down the side.
    Compression is still really good.
    Will buy a new block at some time from the service agent. (Relatively cheap for an item tha'ts not being made any more and is for an engine that 50 years old.

    Anyway my reason I was going to comment is that the agent was strongly against the 20:1 carb modification.
    Reasons being to do with both sealing and wear. He recommends a basic 30 weight mono-grade oil rather than 2 stroke oil.
    He also has a lot to do with the racing seagulls as well.
    ZQ

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    Default Re: British Seagull Question

    Racing Seagulls?

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    Default Re: British Seagull Question

    Quote Originally Posted by Doug B View Post
    Racing Seagulls?

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    Default Re: British Seagull Question

    Racing? I think it's amazing what you NZers, along with Aussies and Brits won't do for fun! Love those Seagull ob's. Saw one for sale here in Ipswich (Mass., not England) the other day- asking $180 w/shipping crate. Ned

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