1936 midget engine

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  1. Jan 18, 2018 #1

    whitehouse260

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    I recently purchased a midget gas engine built from plans in the 1936 popular mechanics magazine. My question is does this design call for a hollow crank shaft? Has anyone ever heard of a hollow crankshaft? When I say hollow I mean you can see all the way through. I will try to get a picture of it soon.
    Thanks,
    Matt
     
  2. Jan 19, 2018 #2

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    Here are some pictures, the crank looks like it was made aas 2 halves I'm thinking I will press/solder a pin into the hole in the crank pin on onside to help with alignment and hopefully to keep it from binding up.

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  3. Jan 19, 2018 #3

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    hollow crank wouldn't surprise me.

    Is the plan to repair and restore? what condition is the engine in?
     
  4. Jan 19, 2018 #4

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    I guess the plan for the moment is to repair, will the hollow crank affect it running? The auction came with a half finished crank, I'm not sure why he stopped maching it. it's not bent but I'm away from my my machines to finish the crank.
     
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    Your crank looks completely different from the original drawings seen here https://books.google.com.au/books?id=otsDAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA1349&source=gbs_toc&cad=2#v=onepage&q&f=false
    page 787 onwards in PM Nov. 1936.
    Maybe someone was making their own version from several pieces instead of the original casting. The hole up the middle would be for alignment in assembly as you say. If left unplugged, the crankcase will breathe in and out through the hole on each stroke, which could get kinda messy!

    Those old magazines are great reading. Whole different world back then. And so much more content than magazines today. People actually got a month's worth of reading in each issue!
     
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    more pictures incoming... the guy who built it made the head out of brazed together scrap steel only problem is he didn't leave enough room to tighten the plug lol

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    one question i have though is will the 2 half crank really matter that much??? there are many designs of engine that have an overhung crank on a bearing so will having 2 of those joined in the conrod big end hurt? also the connecting rod is brazed together when im home for spring break i will probably make a new on my cnc mill along with finishing the original crank.
     
  8. Jan 22, 2018 #8

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    Looks like a nice little engine and worth persevering with.

    I should think the two piece crank would work OK. Seems to be done on plenty of other model engines. Silver solder should stand up to the rigors of demonstration running etc.

    I'm sure I've seen somewhere drawings for a four stroke with an overhung crankshaft, with an extension on the crankpin driving another overhung crankshaft half that delivers drive to the timing gears. Saves having to get perfect crank alignment I guess.
     
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    Ok thanks for the advice!
     
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    Most vintage model engines, 2 strokes anyway, had hollow cranks. I see that this is a 4 stroke, maybe this engine was built from parts of other engines?

    Don
     
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    Where did you get it? These engines turn up on ebay or model engine shows from time to time. I know of about 5 that I have seen over the past 4 years or so. They do run pretty good.
     
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    It came from ebay. The seller included the patterns and a casting kit for the wall water witch.
     
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    What needs to be done in order to get it running?
     
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    You have additional castings for the Wall
    Water Witch?
     
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    I have drawings for the Midget engine that were
    Published in Popular Mechanics
     
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    "I'm sure I've seen somewhere drawings for a four stroke with an overhung crankshaft, with an extension on the crankpin driving another overhung crankshaft half that delivers drive to the timing gears. Saves having to get perfect crank alignment I guess"

    ET Westbury's Whippet is designed in this fashion.

    Regards,
    Rockets
     
  18. Aug 16, 2018 at 5:09 PM #18

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    I have the original drawings for the Midget engine that you have. Do you plan on building the Wall Water Witch engine from that auction?
     

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