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Old 06-28-2005, 12:17:24 AM
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I'm looking for info on my 2hp Aircooled Vertical Famous.
Is there any repro manuals available as the only ones I've seen are for the watercooled versions.
What would the original magneto have been (it has a spark plug, not ignitor).
There is a chain sprocket on the inside of one flywheel (you can see it in the pic). Would that be the magneto drive. ??? (Is it original????)
The serial number is K0570.
Any idea of age?? (I heard they were only built between 1909 - 1912)
Any help is appreciated,
Lachlan.
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Old 06-28-2005, 01:32:21 AM
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G'day Lachlan, the spark plug and sprocket are not original, it would have been a low tension webster igniter or battery coil igniter fired engine.as for an instruction book i dont think i have seen one specifically on the air cooled ones.I have a lot of books on international engines .i am in victoria also so if you would like to get in touch of list i might be able to help you out. David. PS email me at dnicloson40@hotmail.com.
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G'day Lachlan
These engine were originally spark ignition but they used a Trembler or "Buzz" coil and it would have a wiper contact some where mounted near the cam gear. the sprocket is and add on probably due to an impatient farmer not wanting to charge the batterys!! Year of manufacture is 1909. I myself have quite a few international engines like dave but have rarely seen the aircooled engine. If you would like some more info you can contact me off list at
mickc@vic.australis.com.au. Maybe i will see it soon at a rally around melbourne as i live in Moe and do go to most of the rallys up there.
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Lachlan: I have one of these in my back yard. Here are a couple of photos of mine. These engines were spark plug/hi-tension engines and of those few I've seen, all were buzz coil fired. Never saw one with a magneto. I'm sure a bracket could be made to accomodate a hi-tension magneto if you wanted to do that. The placement of the spark plug in relation to the choke and mixer sure left a lot to be careful of. The hi-tension through ones body still hurts. But it happens all the time in this hobby . Keeps us awake on 3rd. shift while on "BREAK" just thinking about it. If you need some close up's of the wiper (contact) mechanism, the "SPARK SAVER" or anything else, just let me know. That's a "NICE" find down under .
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Hi Guys,
Thanks for the info it's very helpful.
The head on mine looks a bit different to yours Paul (see pic).
What is the "Spark Saver"????.
I'll bring it back to my place this weekend & start cleaning it up.
It looks to have quite a bit of original paint still but I'll have to make up a trolley.
Is your transporter original??
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Paul, that is a neat engine for a back yeard engine. I have seen several skeltions and it seems the mixers are always missing. Is it possible one can find a mixer or aquire dimensions to cast and machine one? If we could, can we discuss more details about this engine via phone or a visit?
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Just a bit of information to those in need of a mixer or fuel pump and some other small parts for the 2h.p. IHC Famous air-cooled engines, contact Don Oberholtzer, one of the advertisers on Harry's. Don has a good supply of parts, literature, including all machined recast ready to bolt on these fine engines. These are very nice engines, and I have restored and owned 6 of them over the years. There were 3 different variations of these. The earliest had governor weights on the end of the camgear, later changed to between flywheel spokes. Next small change was in the valve cages, with the later ones bolted directly to the top of the head. The earlier version was a valve cage clamp which was slid down over the big tall vertical threaded post in the center of the head. I can recommend a very good reference book: Repair parts used on IHC Titan engines, a reprint of the dealers catalogue and price list dated January 1918. This book has been available from STARBOLT ENGINE SUPPLIES, one of the suppliers here on Harrys including this page, and STARBOLT is on here today. I hope this info helps. Wendell Lewis
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Paul, that is a neat engine for a back yeard engine. I have seen several skeltions and it seems the mixers are always missing. Is it possible one can find a mixer or aquire dimensions to cast and machine one? If we could, can we discuss more details about this engine via phone or a visit?
Pete: Is it possible to find a mixer (it took me 10 years to find the parts for my pump engine), probably, eventually, if you look long and hard enough. I think your best bet is to contact Wendel Lewis and Don Oberholtzer who is one of Harry's sponsors. Don does a lot of casting and parts for IHC engines. I'll be at the Jacktown show next week if you want to chat about my engine.

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Hi Guys,
Thanks for the info it's very helpful.
The head on mine looks a bit different to yours Paul (see pic).
What is the "Spark Saver"????.
I'll bring it back to my place this weekend & start cleaning it up.
It looks to have quite a bit of original paint still but I'll have to make up a trolley.
Is your transporter original??
Regards,
Lachlan.
Lachlan: The head is a bit different. Mine has a center post with a fork like hold down for the valve cages(early model) which got changed to a bolt down valve cage later in production. The transport is like an "M" cart. Probably IHC but not sure it's an orginal. The guards help keep the dirt out, and I don't have much trouble with oil splashing out as I run my engines real slow. I guess if run at rated speed it would be messy. The mixers are up-draft and sloppy when running. Gas drips all over. The spark saver is just a mechanical finger (brass) that interrupts the current flow when the engine is up to speed and latched up. Prevents the spark plug from firing. Buzz coil, bottom contact is ground (battery - to interrupter then the engine frame), top contact to battery +, and the middle contact to the plug.
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Here is my Famous air cooled vertical.It has original box and skid.
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Here is a pic of my original 2 hp vertical air cooled.
Send me an email if you want more pics. of it.
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Here a pic of my friends 2 hp air cooled engines.
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Thanks everyone for all the photos there much appreciated.
If you have any other close up photos of the speed controller & wiper setup they would be very helpful.
They can be posted or emailed direct to me, (remove SPAMLESS)
lachlanSPAMLESS@bambrapress.com.au

I'm trying to find a belt for the fan but the only thing I've found so far is a synthetic belt. It will do the job OK, the only problem is it only comes in flouro green or orange, not exactly original looking.
Would the original have been leather & can they still be sourced.
Thanks again,
Lachlan.
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The originals had a round leather belt[like sewing machines] as far as i know, and LEE PEDERSEN who advertises here on HARRY'S carries round leather belt and the clips to attach the ends.
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I believe there was one at an auction I attended Sunday. Sold for $4700.
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Bill: WOW.... @ $4,700. Hmmmmmm....
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