no worries and certainly not lax at all. I appreciate the research you've done.
I still can't find aything on the bloody thing that has any kind of date.I did pull a little info off of the carb and governor (I was right there so why not???). I doubt that it will help much with dating the lift but... anyway here it is...
the carb is a TILLOTSON model 8339
the governor is a HOOF governor
HOOF PRODUCTS CHICAGO U.S.A.
there was also a list of patent no's that I didn't bother copying (no real reason and they would have been impossible to read without scraping the paint off anyway.
I took a little closer look at the engine and such...but with the airdeflectors and such there wasn't much i could really see if it. It is an aircooled 3 cylinder with no visible markings...now I am fully willing to admit that I know next to nothing about older aircooled engines but one thing did strike me as strange... on the right side of the engine where each cylinder bore is there is a grease zirk dead center between the head and the base of the cylinder (the sides of the cylinder are pretty much flat but you can more or less tell).
Anyway like I said before I know next to nothing about engines like this so it's probably not that unusual...and normally not worth remarking on but it just struck me as odd...
thanks again for all the help!