My First Sideshaft Engine, Hit & Miss


| December/January 1990

  • Air compressor

  • Air compressor

  • Air compressor

  • Lawn mower


  • Air compressor
  • Air compressor
  • Air compressor
  • Lawn mower

3012 S. Catherine, Lansing, Michigan 48910

I bought an air compressor at the Portland, Indiana swap meet with the thought that I would use it to make a gas engine. When I got it home and took it apart I found it had a 2' bore and a 3' stroke and a brass rod. I put it aside until I could find some flywheels for it. At the end of June I went to the Ford Museum and saw an engine made in England that had one flywheel and a sideshaft. That gave me the idea to make a sideshaft.

At the Mason, Michigan show I bought a hand drill that had a curved spoke round 14' flywheel. My gears came from a lawn mower. I made a new head from 1' steel plate. The valves are from an old Briggs, the gas tank from a piece of brass pipe. The gas tank cap is from the bottom of a blow torch. The muffler is made from a hames knob, the carburetor from a brass valve. Battery box is an old shoe shine box. I took the foot rest off and put on a brass handle. The governor was on an old four blade fan. I made a brass adapter on the bottom and a dress up cover on the top from a brass candle holder. The wheels I bought at a show; the cart is made from scrap steel!

This engine took ten weeks of spare time to complete. I took it to the Mt. Morris, Michigan show and it ran very nice. I had a lot of compliments on it and a lot of pleasure making it.





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