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 Post subject: Columbia BI Motors
PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:52 pm 
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Victor I
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Hi folks

I have a question regarding Columbia BI Motors that I've been meaning to ask for a while.

Why is it that many of the BI Motors have "AH" stamped on the bedplate along with a serial number?

I have attached a pic to explain what I mean, although you'll have to look carefully to make out the "AH".

Regards
Ade :)


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 Post subject: Re: Columbia BI Motors
PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 10:12 pm 
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Victor VI
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The BI motor is the exact same one as the AH. So, there is no difference. This motor was also used on the more deluxe client machines.
Harvey Kravitz


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 Post subject: Re: Columbia BI Motors
PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 10:27 pm 
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Phonofreak wrote:
The BI motor is the exact same one as the AH. So, there is no difference. This motor was also used on the more deluxe client machines.
Harvey Kravitz


Thanks for your speedy reply Harvey :)

Would this machine (with square cut outs in bed plate) have been used
on both the "fancy case" and later version case AH machines?

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Ade


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 Post subject: Re: Columbia BI Motors
PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 5:03 pm 
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No it won't. The one with the square holes is the earlier one with the off center crank. These early motors and parts are hard to find. The one you need(shown in the photos) is the later, more common one. These turn up. If you can find a junk AH, BI, or Client machine, you'll be in business. Unfortunately, the early and late motors and parts are not interchangeable.
Harvey Kravitz


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 Post subject: Re: Columbia BI Motors
PostPosted: Thu Jun 13, 2019 1:36 am 
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Phonofreak wrote:
No it won't. The one with the square holes is the earlier one with the off center crank. These early motors and parts are hard to find. The one you need(shown in the photos) is the later, more common one. These turn up. If you can find a junk AH, BI, or Client machine, you'll be in business. Unfortunately, the early and late motors and parts are not interchangeable.
Harvey Kravitz


Thank you yet again Harvey, I rely heavily on your information and it is very much appreciated.

Forgive me, I am slightly confused, because there may be an additional motor with the square holes.

The photos below are top side and underside of a Columbia motor with holes, but it has the crank
in the centre, not off centre as you mention above. It too has AH stamped into the bedplate.

This is the motor I have seen on BI and not so fancy AH case with crank in the centre.

Would this motor have also been fitted to the fancy case with the crank in the centre?

You kindly mentioned on a previous occasion that Columbia probably used up the excess fancy cases with
the third version of the machine, so I am wondering if it too used the motor with square cut outs and
centred crank?

Regards
Ade :)


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 Post subject: Re: Columbia BI Motors
PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 2019 6:02 pm 
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If the screw hole on the motor plate are square, then that is for the earlier AH. The motor shown in the pictures have round screw holes. For the square holes, are you referring to the spring barrels, and governors? The picture shown is what you need for your BI.
Harvey Kravitz


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 Post subject: Re: Columbia BI Motors
PostPosted: Sat Jun 15, 2019 12:21 am 
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Phonofreak wrote:
If the screw hole on the motor plate are square, then that is for the earlier AH. The motor shown in the pictures have round screw holes. For the square holes, are you referring to the spring barrels, and governors? The picture shown is what you need for your BI.
Harvey Kravitz


Thanks Harvey

Yes I was referring to the pictures with square holes at the spring and governor.

If I understand correctly, the motor pictured above is meant for the BI, but not
the AH?

I thought I had seen it in a later version 3 AH, but that could have been added later.
The motor above (topside and underside) does fit into a fancy case (Version 3) though
the motor is primarily meant for for a BI?

I think another confusing factor for me is that the motor above has "AH" stamped
into the bedplate, obviously meant to confuse novices such as myself :roll: .

Please let me know if I'm on the right track, and thanks again for your patience with me.

Regards
Ade :)


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