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Old 03-22-2005, 05:00:44 PM
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Hey Guys;

Perhaps i'm just thinking wishfully here, but over the last couple years of reading stuff here on the board, i've really started to take a liking to the unusual engines like the 8 cycle Aermotors. I was just curious as to how much these things go for when they do come up for sale. I don't have any money to spare right now, but i'm just thinking that if I saw one at an auction or for sale at a show how much I should be prepared to see it go for? I would someday like to own one, but I don't know how much i should save up!
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Like any engine, condition is key. That said, a "runner" could probably be bought for around $1300. A restored example with a Webster mag could be over $2k. Fortunately, they aren't terribly uncommon so you should be able to find one fairly reasonable. Since you say you're on a tight budget, you could go the Johnny Cash route and buy it one piece at a time.
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Aermotors are really nice engines. They get alot of attention at the shows when youre the only one or one of the few that have them there. They can get expensive too. Alot of the parts are not available. The ignitor trip pieces are few and far between. Im trying to complete another Aermotor now but I need alot of pieces. Its probably going to take me awhile. The Engine Merchant that has an ad here has one for sale. If im not mistaken its 2450 with the new style governor ball in the flywheel and a battery and coil. They are really nice running engines if you get them tuned and timed right, and are well worth 800 to 1000 for one that needs work or a parts engine, which is normally what you would find at auction. Keep your eyes open, you never know when you will find one.

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If anyone is interested in contributing their engine letters that are on the top of the block I might be able to tell you approximately what year. Im also trying to establish a database on the 8 cycles. THANKS!!
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Hello Frank Y,
I don't mean to bend this thread in a different direction, but I have an Aermotor with the flyball in the flywheel. All I can get out of it is (at MOST) one pop. That's when I hold my finger over the intake to get it wet with gas. I had to fix the ignitor, as the rest for the trip was in the wrong spot. Any advice would be great!
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Hi Luke,

sounds like you need to work on the check ball if you need to keep choking it to run. I have that problem with mine once in awhile and just have to clean the checkball in the gas line to fix the problem.

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Old 03-23-2005, 10:13:34 AM
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Tom,I know how you can fix yours,sell it to me and you want have to worry with it again.
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Default Re: Aermotors....

Wait a minute...that's what I was going to say!!! hahahaha

I should probably mention that the only hit and miss engine I have right now (other than my maytag) is a 2 hp Taylor Vacuum engine that has 2 different diameters to the piston so I can operate a Vacuum pump for milking. I think that definately qualifies as a lean towards the more unusual stuff so you can see where my trend is heading. I have also wondered what the purpose was for the offset cylinder on the Reids. I've heard it refered to as a charge cylinder, but how does it work?

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Well, from my understanding of oil field engines (and other diesel engines) the charge cylinder was one of the first practical attempts at fuel injection...it would draw in air and fuel and then force it in to the combustion chamber. the spray was rather rough but effective enough fot the engine to run (internal turbulance "atomized" the fuel well enough)...I could give a lot longer explanation but I am kinda lazy to day...if you would like more info...ask

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the read is a two cycle, and as such it needs to pump air and fuel into the cylinder. Most 2 cycles do it by making the crankcase a pump, and then you need to add 2 cycle oil for lube. On the reids, they just use a smaller cylinder to pump air and fuel into the cylinder.
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