This one will be more of a photo diary perhaps. The Tiny Tim is a small petrol generator designed for battery charging, this specific unit seems to have been a military one used for keeping tank batteries topped up. Without the tank to go with it, any “restoration” has to take some liberties, and be non-origional, but I think I got a reasonable balance. The exhaust is home made from iron pipe fittings and stuffed with stainless steel wool, a modern motorbike coil has been fitted under the cover in place of the car coil that was bodged on the side, and a small metal petrol tank from an Atko lawnmower has been fitted.

Power output is about 300 W, there is no governor, in fact the carb is so simple as to not even have a throttle plate - speed limitation is essentially by battery voltage.

The tiny Tim when I collected it Wiring of the start button

Corroded carb Video of first run

Some original paint revealed New coil mounted

Stripping paint New paint

Inside the new exhaust Template for cutting new exhaust

New exhaust welded Painted and reassembled

Tank and exhaust mounted Nearly complete

A minor note, on re-assmebly I wired the coil to the generator side of the cutout, thinking that it would be nice if the engine stopping didn't discharge the battery by leaving the ignition engagued. That seems to all work fine, and the slightly reduced coil voltage on cranking is certainly not a problem, but it does see to have created a new issue. On starting, the engine won't stay running without the start button pressed until it's warmed up enough to pickup speed (5-10 seconds). What's happening is that it doesn't initially rev high enough to pull the cutout in, so there's no ignition without the start button pressed. I am in two minds as to whether to move the coil feed back to the factory position or not.