My COMPRESSOR ENGINE

Inverted engine

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461 South Rock Lake Road, Vestaburg, Michigan 48891

Inverted engines always fascinated me, so I thought very seriously about building one.

Last summer at the Buckley Show, Ed Kinch came to get me to show me the upside down compressor he had just purchased at the flea market. So you know I just had to have it! But Ed was reluctant to turn it loose. After some tough bargaining, it was finally mine.

I won't go into all the ups and downs of building it, because my main objective was to make it look original as much as possible. It runs real nice at 250 RPM and is a hit and miss. The gears are from an old hand grinder. Valves are old tractor valves, and the carburetor is a natural gas valve. Gas tank is an old Coleman lantern base. The first flywheel I used was too big and heavy and it bent the crankshaft. I re-machined a Fairbanks crankshaft. By luck, fellow engine buddy, Homer Christinson, came by and said he had a curved-spoke flywheel. So away we went to look at it. I knew at once that it was the one for my engine. I think it really makes the engine. I even found a belt pulley with curved spokes! My wife picked the paint colors and son Kevin donated the hardwood for the base.

Isn't this a fantastic hobby? This was my first project this winter. Since the compressor, I have built a little model York, also a model Associated Hired Man to take to the model show in Wyandotte, Michigan.

This all happened with my wife's encouragement. I didn't think I could get it all done.