This post is to vent my frustration but if someone has some insight it is certainly welcome. I am building the Atkinson Differential engine from the Gingery plans and I am not having any luck in getting to run. Gingery said that he had to turn the engine over with an electric motor and a belt to the flywheel for up to 40 hours to seat the rings before it would start dependably. I have been doing that for quite a few hours (25-30) but I am not seeing any improvement. I am sure that the problem is compression but a solution escapes me. Due to the unique design you can only feel the compression on the last portion of the compression stroke because the spark plug hole is covered until the last part of the stroke. There seems to be good suction at the spark plug hole on what would be the exhaust stroke. At this point it kind of fires about 1/3 of the time and even that is intermittent. If fires for a while and then quits firing until something like carburetor adjustment or cool off occurs. I have tried different spark timing and different carburetors and carburetor adjustments but nothing seems to change. I am using the S&S ignition and there seems to be a good spark. At this point I am reluctant to remove the pistons/rings for inspection because if they are actually seating the rings are going to be in a different rotation when it is reassembled which I assume would at least partially disturb the seating in process. There seems to be a surprising lack of information and build logs on an engine which has been built by quite a few others. There are quite a few Youtube videos. There are several errors or at lest omissions on the drawings but I have not seen any reference to this by any others. I have been over by engine and checked it to the drawings many times and as far as I can tell it is made correctly.