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Old 01-02-2019, 07:28:39 PM
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So is the thought that some of the parts are off a drone engine? Because the heads and jugs don't look like hers in the picture?

I wouldn't think gramps would get ALL different parts and put them together but I certainly am beginning to wonder. The head and jugs both look rather aerodynamic to be off a stationery engine, so I'm still wondering if it's an old motorcycle/scooter or aviation engine.

Would this topic get more traction in the Antique Gas Engines/Mystery Engines? I also might have a lead on some local ex-midget racers that are pretty knowledgeable so I might have some new information from them as well.

Thanks for all the help and suggestions so far!
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I had on of the 4 cyl. drones that as far as I know had never been run. I found a prop for it and built an adapter from it's 3 point mounting lugs to fit my 2" hitch receiver on my truck. It was not to difficult to adapt an old carb out of my pile to replace the fixed speed unit on the engine. Got the mag working, got the fuel pump working, mounted it on the back of the truck and tried the flip the prop and fire it up. Didn't take me long to figure out that they must have used power starters on the end of the crank as all I could get out of it was a few pops and some nearly amputated fingers. Not nearly enough flywheel effect on one of these for the firing cylinder to carry the next one thru the compression stroke.
I believe they need inertia to start. I figured I better sell while I still had all my fingers.
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Because the heads and jugs don't look like hers in the picture?
Intentional or not, that gave me the biggest laugh of the day!
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