The Coventry Victor Super Speed Outboard Motor.
This outboard is a Coventry Victor Super Speed, or S.S.8, the 8 denoting the HP of the engine.
This engine was made by Coventry Victor. This type of engine was used as an inboard boat engine and also known as a coventry Midget engine.
It was also made as an air cooled engine as well as a water cooled engine, the only differences were the finned cylinder heads and a fan flywheel, also used in boats and to run generators and water pumps.
This Coventry Victor was advertised as the only silent vibrationless four- stroke, twin-opposed outboard engine.
They had two exhaust versions. One was the standard aluminium exhaust with the Coventry Victor name embossed on it, as seen in most of the Coventry outboard ads.
The second exhaust was listed in the parts book as a special silencer and was steel.
This Coventry Victor was probably made around 1948, as the later motors do not have the bronze and brass fittings and do not use the brass Amal carburettor.
I have only seen a handful of other Coventry Victor outboards, some incomplete and others in museums, but only one or two with all the brass/bronze fittings like this one.
The back view of the oil pump and the chain drive.
The chain is mounted in its own casing to stop any oil loss from splashing when running.
The chain picks up oil from the outboard leg as there are pinion gears at the top of the outboard leg which run down to the propellor. This unit is competely full of oil.
The chain drive is completely hidden behind the flywheel.
View of the side of the engine with the cylinders removed,
showing the connecting rod and Cam follower,
plus the oil pump pressure gauge feed pipe connection.
This shows the dog drive for the hand crank in the centre.
The cam shaft and the hole for the magneto at the top,
but with the chain and sprocket removed from the magneto drive.
The sprocket at the bottom drives the crank shaft.
Repainted the aluminium block, polished the bronze water pump.
The carburettor is an Amal type 124, was polished rather than re-plated.
Cylinder heads and barrels fitted,
also a new set of piston rings,
as I was lucky to get the last full set from CV.
The water system fitted, inlet manifolds fitted.
Engine ID stamp.
M.A.1 – 285cc AIR
M.A.2 – 340cc AIR
M.W.1 – 285cc WATER
M.W.2 – 340cc WATER
This shows both the oil fillers.
The front one is the engine oil filler.
The rear oil filler is for filling the outboard leg up with oil.
It takes 5 pints to fill the leg, as this one is a long shaft version of this outboard.
Rear view of the engine shows the top of the leg and the chain drive,
which runs a bevel gear that converts the drive to the main prop shaft.