United Hit & Miss Engine

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This is a picture of a United Hit and Miss engine Type A, 1 horsepower, serial #108176which I purchased three years ago.

900 Beesley Avenue Jacksonville, Illinois 62650

After making a fuel tank I was still a long way from making it
run. The magneto was missing and the igniter was gone, but someone
had tapped threads for a sparkplug in it. That wouldn’t be a
problem if I could come up with a suitable ignition system.

I wanted it to be self sufficient, so I wouldn’t have to
carry a battery around with it when I take it to shows, so I took a
G.M. heater blower motor and removed the fan from it. I then
adapted the smallest V belt pulley I could find to the shaft of the
blower motor. I made a mounting bracket to bolt on the magneto
mount using the existing magneto mounting holes. Next I ran a belt
from the flywheel to the blower motor.

Now I had a source of power to operate an ignition coil. After
adding a 12-volt coil I made some ignition points out of some steel
banding after soldering copper contacts on it. After installing the
points and getting it timed, I gave it a couple of cranks and it
fired right off and runs great. This is how I overcame my problem
of a missing magneto. If anyone can tell me the year it was built I
would appreciate it.

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