Our Latest Homemade Hit ‘n’ Miss

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R.D.1. Box 67 Commodore, Pennsylvania 15729

There were people who looked at this hit ‘n’ miss engine
and commented on how nicely we (my father and I) restored it, not
realizing that it was homemade. After being told it wasn’t an
original, a slight look of amazement fell upon a few faces. The
block, water hopper, connecting rod, belt pulley, and water cooled
head were all cast out of aluminum. They were all originally shaped
out of styrofoam, packed in casting sand, and poured. This engine
has a bore of 3.580 and a 4.000 stroke. The crank we built has a 1
shaft with a 1? crank pin. We also used two sets of Tecumseh timing
gears. One set to run the valve and the other to run a set of
points. The flywheels were found in a local scrapyard. We had to
rekey them and cut the faces down because someone welded the
keyways in and used them as cart wheels. After the engine was
almost done, we built a cart and a pair of oak runners for it. To
top the whole thing off we added a stainless steel gas tank that
runs the entire length of it, a stainless muffler, and a brass
plate splash guard over the back. I thought the readers of GEM
might like to see this engine, so here it is.

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