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Our Portland find (PICTURE!)


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Old 08-28-2005, 11:32:58 PM
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Found another flywheel engine! 2 and half horse jaeger, 550 R.P.M.
Hit & Miss. what a beuty. now i know what some of ya'll ment buy this being addicting!! and i thought i had it down pat!
need a EK mag though. a GOOD one. anybody wanna sell me one?
i need to find the year of this thing, will post numbers tomorrow.

Not me in the pic, that me dad.
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Old 08-29-2005, 06:26:32 AM
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Skylar,
You're gonna need this website. You'll find just about anything you want to know about your new Hercules there

http://www.herculesengines.com/hercules/index.htm

Good luck and keep us posted!
Thanks Harry
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Old 08-29-2005, 11:17:28 AM
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Thanks for the info! i'll have to look at the engine numbers and see what year it is, this will be intresting..
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Old 08-29-2005, 03:02:11 PM
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I know for sure it needs to be put in time skylar.
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Old 08-29-2005, 06:50:57 PM
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What do you mean rex?
the engine looks timed to me
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Old 08-29-2005, 06:55:36 PM
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Skylar,
You're gonna need this website. You'll find just about anything you want to know about your new Hercules there

http://www.herculesengines.com/hercules/index.htm

Good luck and keep us posted!
Thanks Harry

cant find my engine year neale, my serial numbers are in the 30,000 range
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Old 08-29-2005, 07:55:58 PM
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I sold it to tom winland.....
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Old 08-29-2005, 09:27:04 PM
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so i just time the timing marks, right?
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Old 08-29-2005, 09:44:00 PM
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that would be a good place to start
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Old 08-29-2005, 09:44:51 PM
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so what your saying Rex is that you sold me a engine that was out of time huh, you told me it ran.
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2 1/2 HP and three hole flywheels. It has to be 1928 or 1929. The serial number would be in the 355,000 to 375,000 range. There may be a casting date on the head and/or block.

Glenn
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Old 08-29-2005, 10:09:28 PM
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K.......so now i have to time it.....what do the timing marks look like on this so i can time it?
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Old 08-29-2005, 10:46:22 PM
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Purddy little thing. I'll be getting my "new"toy soon
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still need to know what the timing marks look like but i just now went outside to look at the engine numbers and this is what i find, perhaps this might tell the year? Size No. 3-1/2 L
Serial No. 34585
Engine No. 289126
550 R.P.M.
2-1/2 S

whats the L and S stand for aswell?
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Old 08-30-2005, 06:39:45 AM
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Look for the timing marks on the side of the gears that is next to the block. Once you get the gears cleaned off the marks should be pretty obvious.
When you get around to setting the magneto you'll find it a little frustrating. There will be several adjustments that will tend to effect each other. You just have to keep tweaking each one a little back and forth to get them all where you need them.

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To time it .....
1. Turn to top dead center on the compression stroke, piston all the way in, with the crank horizontal, mag tripped.
2. The cam gear, (big gear) has a raised tab on it, it should be pointing to the key way slot when the flywheel is rotated slightly.

Take the spark plug wire off. It may not run, but it could still fire.

Once you set that, the mag should trip before the top of the compression stroke. If the crank position at compression stroke is 9:00 oclock, then set the trip to happen at 8:00 oclock.

This will be close enough to get it to run, then you can tweak it..........
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If you pull the plug wire, please make sure to ground it properly. You don't want to ruin your freshly rebuilt mag by "open circuiting" it. Good way to toast the coils.
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Old 08-30-2005, 09:22:40 PM
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still need to know what the timing marks look like but i just now went outside to look at the engine numbers and this is what i find, perhaps this might tell the year? Size No. 3-1/2 L
Serial No. 34585
Engine No. 289126
550 R.P.M.
2-1/2 S

whats the L and S stand for aswell?

Anyone know the year of the engine?
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