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Bulls Eye Engine


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Old 06-14-2005, 03:24:33 PM
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Anybody know anything about bulls eye engines.

It says montagomery wards on it...did they make them or sell them?
Looking at one a guy has. Looks neat.

What is a good value to offer him.

How many of these were built?

It is a smaller one....i thought it was a 2 hp but cant remember for sure.

I dont want to insult him with an offer. Turns over...he had it running 1 1/2 ago and runs good. Said we could try to get her going when i go back next time.

I havent heard a lot about these engines...actually i 've never heard of them. What else does anyone know.

Is this a good model to start my collection with? What other bulls eye models/sizes are there that i could also collect. This engine looked really fascinating.

PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU HAVE ANY HELP. IT IS GREATLY APPRECIATED!

ANy help would be great
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Old 06-14-2005, 11:44:53 PM
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Default Re: Bulls Eye Engine

I'm fairly certain Wards didn't make any engines. Someone else made them for them. Different makers at different times. I don't know what they've been selling for, but you can' buy much running hit and miss for $1,200.
It depends on what parts are missing or broke, and what condition it is in overall. If you don't know anything about them, it might be better to buy one that is running. You can wrap up a lot of money in parts trying to complete one. Someone at a show or local club would be good to talk to for lots of specific information and help in starting an engine or buying your first one. That's all I can tell you. ENJOY! Kevin
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Old 06-15-2005, 12:25:35 AM
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Anybody know anything about bulls eye engines.

It says montagomery wards on it...did they make them or sell them?
Looking at one a guy has. Looks neat.

What is a good value to offer him.

How many of these were built?

It is a smaller one....i thought it was a 2 hp but cant remember for sure.

I dont want to insult him with an offer. Turns over...he had it running 1 1/2 ago and runs good. Said we could try to get her going when i go back next time.

I havent heard a lot about these engines...actually i 've never heard of them. What else does anyone know.

Is this a good model to start my collection with? What other bulls eye models/sizes are there that i could also collect. This engine looked really fascinating.

PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU HAVE ANY HELP. IT IS GREATLY APPRECIATED!

ANy help would be great
The Bulls Eye is a darn good engine. I believe they were made by Jacobson and most or all were side shaft engines which are highly sought after. If this is a real side shaft Bulls Eye, it is definately an engine to start your collection out with a BANG! Many collectors never get a crack at an engine of this caliber, for a reasonable price anyway. Speaking of price....I don't know what would be reasonable, but I am sure somone else on this board could help. Good luck, and keep us posted.
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Old 06-15-2005, 10:34:02 AM
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I think a lot of us would not hesitate at paying $3500 for a sideshaft Bullseye. Some would pay more. My thoughts.
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Old 06-15-2005, 03:10:00 PM
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The Bullseye Engine was made for Wards by Jacobson Machine Mfg. Co. of Warren, Pa. I think the smallest sideshaft made was the 2 1/2 HP. Jacobson did make a smaller engine called the Sturdy Jack that was about 1.5HP and was not a sideshaft. I have the "Instructions and List of Renewal Parts For Jacobson Gasoline Engines 2 1/2 HP to 16 HP" (Warren, PA) & the counterpart from Titusville plant. The Warren plant burned in about 1924-25 and operations moved from Warren to Titusville. These are highly desirable engines! Don Worley from Warren, Pa has many parts available for Jacobson engines. I have a 6 HP headless Jacobson sideshaft that is a great runner. ChuckO
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