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Courtesy of Don Reed, R.D. 1, Muscatine, Ia. 52761
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Courtesy of Don Reed, R.D. I, Muscatine, Ia. 52761

R.D. 1, Muscatine, Ia. 52761

Here are pictures of an engine I own, that I know to be at least
fifty years old. A neighbor used it to run a washing machine for
several years and 1 purchased it from him over forty-four years

This engine has neither name, number or specification plate on
it anywhere. The engine stands 11? inches high and sits on a round
base 5? inches in diameter that also serves as a fuel tank.

The bore is one and five-eighths inches, the stroke one and
seven-eighths inches. The rod is bronze, 4? inches in length, the
wrist pin 3 eighths and the crank pin ? inch in diameter
respectively. The fly-wheel is 8? inches across and 1? inches wide.
It is cast iron and the spokes cast iron fan blades. The crankshaft
is what I call a hall crank. It has only one counter weight on the
crank case end and of course the fly wheel on the other. The crank
pin slips through the lower end of the rod and screws into the
small side of the counter-weight. The piston has a taper lop and
carries two rings ? inch wide each.

The ignition is obtained from a battery and a buzz coil. The
movable contact point is a spring loaded brass wiper arm mounted on
one fan of the fly wheel. This in turn makes contact on a fiber
stationary ring mounted on the crank shaft housing. The fiber ring
has a brass insert at one spot, and of course when the movable
contact on the flywheel comes in contact with the insert ignition
occurs. The spark plug has a taper base, the same as used in the
old model T Ford.

The engine is 2 cycle and the unique tiling about it is the
carburation. The piston has a taper head but this acts only as an
exhaust valve. The fuel is drawn from the tank in the base through
a brass tube to a mixing valve, and from there through a pipe
nipple to the side of the crank case. The fuel then enters the
crank case through two ? inch openings directly behind the crank
shall counter balance. Mounted on the crank shaft between the
counter balance and the crank case wall is a spring loaded bronze
washer with two openings that match the two in the side of the
crank case, thus every revolution of the crank shaft opens and
closes these holes twice, there by acting as an intake valve.

The engine has an exhaust port on one side of the cylinder and a
place to prime it for starling on the opposite side.

If anyone can give me the year this engine was manufactured, who
and where it was made, and the name of the outlet from which it was
sold I would appreciate it very much, I would also like the name of
the engine if possible.

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