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Energic motoculteur D9 – Project Saint

 

An advert appeared for a “D19” Motobecane engined 1938/40 motoculteur, with no photos, a good price and just 1 hour 40 mins from the home. I rang and booked the visit not knowing what I would find.

Arriving at 14.30 in the afternoon on a Saturday I met the propritor and trundled down a hill on a narrow road to a allotment. On the highest point sat the old Energic D9, under cover. On first inspection it was well rusted up and had obviously been at the ravages of the elements for some time. Corniche, as I will call him, said it was his fathers and it had been operated from new on this smaller holding. His father was a Maraichère, and had worked this land and local plots producing vegatable, roots crops etc., for over 40 years. Now he had sold the land and had to clear it, including disposing of the Energic D9 before the new proprietor took it over in December. The motoculteur had been kept in a small lean to, which had basically fallen down and had been in all weathers for 20+ years.The engine was unblocked (having some oil in the sump), but all the lever controls where jammed and corroded. It still had its original magneto and carburetor – that was good. Although at this stage I do not know if we have a spark from that weathered magneto.

We looked in the ruins for the plough/charrue (1 soc) which we later found under a tree with 1 outer double wheel/ bandages d’adhérence and part of a cultivator. Also found was a old piston, and Corniche recounted the story of his father replacing the piston with very limited equipment. I kept the old piston as history is very important and it will remind me further of the visit.

It took us a hour to maneuver the rusty D9 through the wet soil, down a slope and onto the trailer. With 4 wheel weights it was quite a challenge approx 460 kgs!

Finally we retired to his house for a brief chat, a final look for the other outer double wheel/bandages d’adhérence and then away home with my rust prize.

 

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Arriving at the barn at home, reversed in and admired the prize!

 

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The engine/moteur looked a bit grimy but was all there and the fans/ventilators where in place pretty rare on this 1930’s Energic D9.

 

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With metal disc axle joint covers this 411 model had had a hard life but was all there.

 

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That exhaust, original was pretty holey. Rust had had its way! The front fender was modified but I like the style.

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The Carburetor was original, and in one piece.

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The handle bars where bent upward, but where in tacked. (Not snapped at the support joints). And yes a chain guard – wow this gets better.

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Starting handle and a very rusty but original number matching engine cover/capot.

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The operating levers where… you guessed jammed/corroded and would be a priority in the restoration.

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Corniche said that his father changed the segments (piston rings), but this looks like the piston was changed!

 

 

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Here we go……….. restoration time!

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Rust is the colour!

 

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Oxidation on the aluminium moteur casing and more rust..

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Take that rusty chain guard off and yeah!

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Rusty chain, cogs etc!

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Wheel mechanism all in place but rusted up.

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Hitch attelage in poor condition.

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Water in the oil….. soup!

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Cleaned the carb., up a bit ready for dismantling.

 

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Engine looking better.

Yup a ceased exhaust valve………this on is really stuck….2 weeks soaking in miracle oil and WD 40 still not budging….. head will have to come off!

 

 

 

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