Air-Cooled Ideal Engine


| July/August 2001


10267 Tyler Road Lakeview, Michigan 48850

Donald Kinsey of 10267 Tyler Road, Lakeview, Michigan 48850, sent this picture of his air-cooled Ideal model R engine.

My air-cooled Ideal Model R engine is the larger of three models produced in Lansing, Michigan, from what I can gather, in the teens and twenties. Evidently, there are no records of the serial numbersthe one on my engine is X-30239. It is equipped with a Wico EK magneto, 4' bore and 12' flywheels. These were used on estate lawn mowers that appear to be quite heavy and cumbersome.

I bought this engine in Florida a few years ago and brought it back to Michigan. It appeared to be in fairly good condition and ran, though not very well. In dismantling it I found that the main bearings were tapered rollers, and the one on the magneto side was bad and needed replacing. The babbitt in the connecting rod was in need of repouring, and the crankcase breather was rotted out. I replaced the exhaust valve and the carburetor (which was incorrect) and refinished the entire engine.



The shroud was made by a good friend, but omitted, so the details of the engine could be seen and appreciated. I fabricated the skid of Michigan black walnut and varnished it with urethane spar varnish.

If anyone has any information on these engines I would welcome comments.

Daniel Miller
11/12/2012 1:40:12 AM

Hello i have yet to find parts for these engine's guess i have to make my own any good information would be helpful thanks


Dan Miller
11/12/2012 1:29:26 AM

Hello i recently got two of them now the one has a EK Bracket seperate from the housing the other one has the Bracket made into the housing all in one piece there sure ain't much information out there i did finely get a parts list from hit n miss enterprise the part # for the booklet L28















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