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Old 07-20-2005, 07:39:08 AM
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I have heard that a hit & miss engine was made in Salisbury NC.Does anyone know the name of the engine or have a picture of one? Thanks all
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Hey Benny,

The engine is called a Jack Rabbitt and it was made by the Thompson Brothers, Salisbury, NC. The engine name and Thompson Bros. are cast into both sides of the water hopper. I have some copies of original Newspaper advertisments as the Thompson Brothers owned one of the first Ford dealerships in North Carolina. Evidently, engine building was a very small side business for them. The only Jack Rabbitt I have ever seen was the one Willard Moore sold at Auction a few years ago. It fetched around $13,000 including the buyers premium if my memory serves me correctly. It is a side shaft engine with a vertical flyball governor and has what looks to be an automobile carb. Maybe Ralph Leonard has some pictures of it that he can post on here.

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Old 07-20-2005, 01:27:42 PM
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Benny & Tony,

I have a picture of that Jack Rabbit engine which I took on June 19, 1987 when it was on display at the Smokey Mtn. Show (in Pigeon Forge, TN that year). The notes on the back of my picture are as follows:
JACK RABBIT made by Thompson Bros., Salisbury, NC, owned and exhibited by Willard Moore, Jamestown, NC. I added a note that this Jack Rabbit engine was sold at auction in October, 2000 for $13,500.00. I later "heard" that it stayed in NC.
I currently have this picture on my website, to see it go to

http://www.oldengine.org/members/sie...jackrabbit.jpg

Perhaps this is of some interest/use to you.

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Tony, I had some photos but at the present time I can't find them. There is a pic in the red book page 510 with some info. Please allow me to make a slight correction, it is a push rod engine but it does have a vert flyball gov.

It is 4 hp hopper cooled throttle governed with sparkplug/buzz coil ign. It was restored by and in Willard's collection for many years. When Mr. Moore announced the auction, I fattened up my check book and intended to get it.
And I would have if about five or six other guys had stayed home that day.

Seriously, Russell Underwood of Sandford NC outlasted all of us at $12500 plus 5% buyers premium for total $13125. Russell is a fine man, a gentleman and a scholar. The Jack Rabbitt went to a good home.

Sometimes he shows it at Old Mill Crankup in Sandford NC.
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Old 07-20-2005, 02:06:02 PM
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Thanks all for the replys and picture now to find one in a barn around here.
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Old 07-20-2005, 03:13:43 PM
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Here is a pic of on from 2003 at the Carolina Fly-Wheelers show.

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