Hi, guys. This seems like a great place.
I'm a DIY guy who is just now getting enough free time to try to learn more about small engines. How things can be restored, refitted, where you can get needed parts, and how things can be made to run well again. I'm sure I have more to ask than to tell here.
I live on a small rural acreage where we growing lots of vegetables, tree fruit, berries, etc.
Here is one aspect I'm fascinated by, actually (and I hope maybe some of you are into this, too): I'm interested in how common things - used machinery, used materials, components, junkyard/garage-sale items - can be recombined to make useful structures & equipment. The sort of things that might be used on small farms and homesteads, and similar applications. Old (small or larger) engines can clearly be part of these things.
I've searched and searched online, and found only the very occasional web site, and a small but hopeful number of illustrated projects along this line. So about a year ago I started a thread on a fairly obscure web site called SufficientSelf.com Scroll down thru the pages.
I'm pleased that (even on a fairly obscure web site) the thread has had nearly 15,000 views so far.
I've found numerous "redneck inventions" - contraptions that are often ingenious, but frequently just fun or intended as a joke. Fun's great - but personally, I'm more interested in finding out about stuff that has a useful purpose.
Anyhow, I hope you're all enjoying your projects, whatever they may be.