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Old 02-05-2010, 10:11:01 PM
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I am restoring a 15 hp Titusville Olin engine. The flywheels do not match and would like to hear somone else's opinion. The flywheels are nearly identical except at the hubs. The hub on the clutch side is a one piece "press on" type. The flywheel on the cam-gear side is a split "bolt on" hub. This flywheel also has a counterweight built in.

I have heard a few explanations...........press on flywheels were on the earlier engines, bolt on hubs on later engines.

The "press on" hubs get beat up pretty badly getting them on and off so are the "bolt on" flywheels just an upgraded replacement part?

I have seen another engine with a flywheel set up exactly like mine..........don't know if that is original or not.

Can any other Olin owners shed any light? Thanks..... JEFF
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Default Re: Olin flywheel question

The early Titusville Olins were press on flywheels with holes in them on one side where the iron was left out instead of adding more weight to one side (counterweight). Two places you can google for some photos are Coolspring P.A. show and there past show pictures and Craig Prucha has a nice webite about his Buffalo Olins. You may allready know but, Olins were built in Titusville and Buffalo and appear to be built under the name Ruger and I have seen one small one built under another name I believe in Chicago (I will look at my pics when I get home). How about posting some pics of the engine. Good luck they are great runners.
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Default Re: Olin flywheel question

Beautiful engine. If you do not mind me asking where did you find it? Not alot of oil fields in Suffolk, VA as far as I know. I would love to have one but they have eluded me so far. Both because of scarcity and cost. Good luck with your project.
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Default Re: Olin flywheel question

I have an early Olin and both flywheels are pressed on. They have two ones drilled through the side to counter balance the crank like Joe said.
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I got the Olin from Northeastern, Ohio. I wish I had a story about how it was found in a Peanut factory here in Suffolk, but that's NOT the case. The engine was bought in pieces and is still in pieces. Need some better weather and shop space to get it back together. I would offer some photos, but need the wife's help on the computer
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There is never enough shop space or enough shop time. If another project Olin ever appears and you are not interested please let me know. If my wife is in a generous mood I might negotiate a purchase. Good luck with the project. If you are ever in Salisbury, MD please stop by. No Olins but alot of projects to work on. Bring old clothes and plan on spending a while. There is always plenty of work.
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I would agree with the idea that the split hub flywheel was a replacement, because the solid hub flywheels were prone to cracking because they would come loose and then rock against the key and crack the hub along the key way. The titusville olins were built on license from buffalo and were nearly identical except for the valve position, and a few other small changes.
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Here are the pictures of an Olin style engine I took in Portland in 2008.
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That engine was owned by chris austin.
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Default Re: Olin flywheel question

That was an Olin engine, 5 HP. It was kind of a cross between Buffalo,and Titusville Olin. The name on the flywheels was not the maker of the engine, But a manufacturer of flywheels, and belt pulleys. I have seen a catalog of theirs offering all sizes of flywheels. I have also seen a very small, and early Bessemer with the same W A Jones foundry and machine company flywheels.
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