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Homemade Hit-and-Miss Gas Engines

by Christian Williams

Tags: hit-and-miss gas engines, people, creativity,

It’s often said that the best aspects of the antique gas engine hobby are the people involved in it. And aside from being some of the nicest people you’ll ever meet, it should also be noted that they’re often some of the smartest and most creative.
Whether it’s coming up with a creative homemade fix for a missing carburetor or a faithful, to-the-detail restoration that brings an old engine as close as possible to its shipping date condition, many antique gas engine enthusiasts are just as ingenious as the manufacturers who made these engines more than a century ago.
Perhaps this fact is most evident in the homemade hit-and-miss gas engines that some enthusiasts have made. From modified air-compressors to custom castings designed from scratch, it’s obvious that had they lived 100 years ago, we’d be collecting their engines today.
Here’s a short video of one collector’s homemade hit-and-miss gas engine made from an old Curtis air-compressor, followed by a few related articles from the archive of Gas Engine Magazine:

Related articles from Gas Engine Magazine:
- Ferrier Homemade Hit-and-Miss Gas Engine
- 3 HP Homemade Hit-and-Miss Gas Engine
- Homemade Mixer for a Hit-and-Miss Gas Engine