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Old 10-01-2017, 07:31:39 AM
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Default Homelite flat twin/boxer

Hello,

Does anyone have any information on the Homelite flat twins? currently have my eye on one over her in the UK.
Sadly my friend who had one has passed away but the engine is now in the Internal Fire Museum so saved for futures to see.
As far as he was aware they were Canadian Homelites?

The one is in a bad way and seems to be have lost an exhaust stub, so would probably need a new cylinder, but doubt I would find one here in the UK....

Any information would be great, attached is a picture of my friends not at the Museum.

Cheers, Steve
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Old 10-01-2017, 01:05:22 PM
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Default Re: Homelite flat twin/boxer

All I remember is that, at 5 kw, they are twice the power of the larger singles. And they're really neat looking!

I would think that they may share at least some parts with the singles?
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Old 10-01-2017, 01:09:13 PM
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This ones 110V 2.5kw.

Some photos attached, it's a sorry looking thing!

Cheers, Steve
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Default Re: Homelite flat twin/boxer

You are right, it's a sad one but there simply aren't many of those around. You make do with what you find or you do without. Those cylinders look very similar to the model 8/9 cylinders with one major exception. Every Homelite I have ever seen in person (all were singles) had the spark plug on top, which in this case translates to sticking out the side. I've never seen cylinders like those. What you will probably need is to find an absolutely brilliant aluminum welder. Someone recently posted pictures of a spectacular job he did repairing a broken cylinder head, but he is in Australia. No help for any of us. Anyway I hope you rescue the sad little thing, take your time and restore it to operating condition.
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This post reminded me that I have one of these engines. No generator. Got it for free at Portland many years ago. Locked up tight. I got it unstuck, cleaned and painted. I screwed a couple of 2X4s to it and sat it on a milk crate (that pesky fuel pump appendage is kinda fragile looking).
Got it out and began fabricating a frame / cradle to hold it and the fuel tank. Here is where I am with it now.
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These are internally governed with a shutter that closes off the intake as speed goes up - Limiting it to a max of 3600 RPM. But with no throttle butterfly in the carb itself, these basically run at full speed or nothing. I thought that if I could put a manual throttle butterfly between the carb and the intake, I should be able to regulate the speed up to the max allowed by the internal gov. Made a spacer and used a butterfly from a junk automotive single BBL carb and you can see some of it in the last picture.
Still need to make a connector tube from the tank to the fuel pump thingy.
Not sure if I have spark, but it is closer to running than ever before! Hope to have more news soon....

Sk-Giant:
What information does the tag that I don't have say? Picture please?
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Wow! That's NEAT! It just screams GoKart!!
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Hi, I bought a similar Motor on a whim, it is Missing the cylinder shrouds, it has the wrong carburettor, though to be fair the original carburettor has little adjustment and is more like a lawn mower carbie that runs is set to flat out but only ups the revs under load with a max of around 3500rpm.
I have attached a few pictures of the motor as I saw it, the pickies are from the add and as I get time to take new shots I will do it.
The SU that is fitted right now may be a more suitable option, I have had it said the missing cylinder shrouds may be the same as the upright versions but I can not see that happening. I may find a way to leave them off as the visual feast/spectacle of the flat twin engine would be lost with the covers on.
I love the appearance of engines and their technical aspects and as any engine lover does the sound, I feel sad that future generations of engine enthusiasts may have to get a permit to start and run one of these and their kids will go to sleep at night dreaming of the whine of a high performance electric motor with triple wind multi core and resin loaded coils with high flux magnets acting on a magnafluxed density coil.
I guess my grandfather only had to be concerned with a Horse farting in his face whilst he changed its rear shoes. Woof.
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Shrouds, Carburettor, Manual, generator covers please write to me here or
powerclocks@hotmail.com
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