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new idea varispeed motor

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Old 04-26-2005, 12:18:48 AM
TomThistle TomThistle is offline
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Default new idea varispeed motor

today is my first day on here--i had NO idea that there were so many other people interested in this type of motor!!!

i am hoping that someone can help me or steer me in the right direction. i have an old new idea varispeed motor, 1 1/2-2 1/2 horsepower, and i am trying to find some parts; namely an air cleaner assembly, an oil fill/breather assembly and a users or owners manual. this motor was made by new idea at the old sandwich plant, apparently, and does not share any parts with sandwich. every where i have written no one has anything or knows of anything. please help if you can!!!

also, what oil to use? in the past it has been texaco havoline 20w-20wt with about 20-25% rislone in it. is this correct? too thin? should a guy use 5-40 synthetic? 10w-30 synthetic? please let mw know. thank you to all.

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Old 04-26-2005, 12:49:09 AM
Dick Welty Dick Welty is offline
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Default Re: new idea varispeed motor

Tom, That's a nice engine. There is a good picture of it on page 340 of C. H. Windels' American Gas Engines. I'm sorry that I don't know more about that engine but I do know a little about old engines in general.

These old engines were originally run with oil that was very much less that perfect so just about any modern oil is probably vastly superior to what they had in 30s' when that engine was in it's hay day.

I'm certain that someone on this forium will have some better information than I have on your New Idea Vari-Speed.

I don't know why the link below dosn't work, but try a search using the Search function in the blue function box above. Select search then enter New Idea and run a search. near the bottom of the second page is a Thread containing this same link only I can get that link to go to Steves' page from there but can't get it to go from my reply.

Here is a link to Steve Barrs' page showing his Vari-Speed Ser. # AH1861.

Good Luck Dick

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