My Half Breed Sideshaft Engine

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3012 S. Catherine Street Lansing, Michigan 48911

In the spring of ’94 I bought a Myers water pump at the
Portland, Indiana, Swap Meet. The same weekend I bought an old air
compressor at the Buckley, Michigan, swap.

I decided to mate them to see what I would get. I opened up the
crankcase on the water pump and made up a new crankshaft with a
2′ stroke. Then I sawed the cylinder off the compressor and
welded a ‘ steel plate on the bottom end so I could bolt it to
the water pump. I had to be very careful lining them up. The air
compressor had a 1′ bore and a 6′ long brass connecting rod
that I made fit on the water pump end. I made a new brass rod
between the piston and the crosshead. I made new valves in the head
and I used V.W. gears on the side shaft. The governor is made from
scrap brass and steel, and the carb is made from a milking machine
valve. The gas tank is from a brass pipe and the muffler from a
candle holder. The flywheels are 10’ and are 12 lbs. each. I
use a model T coil and a 10 mm spark plug. It will start easy and
run at 160 rpm.

I hope to have a lot of fun running it at the shows this
year.

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