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Clinton VS200 Panther?


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Old 05-22-2019, 12:43:15 PM
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question for any of you Clinton guys. I've google searched "Clinton panther engine", and all I came up with was the a400 and a490. no vertical shaft panthers showed up. is there such a thing as a vs200 panther? or is the tank from another engine? sorry for the rotated picture, my phone camera sucks.

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Old 05-22-2019, 04:59:35 PM
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Not real sure, but the few Clinton panther engines I ever saw were for Go-Karts and minibikes.
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Old 05-22-2019, 05:51:44 PM
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Default Re: Clinton VS200 Panther?

the 200 series engine has B&S of 1 7/8" x 1 5/8". 2-2 1/4 hp @3800rpm. point gap .018-.021 with timing fixed at 27 deg. fuel mix is 16:1 30wt oil
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Old 05-23-2019, 01:56:01 PM
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thanks for the specs, and yeah, all I come up with are horizontal shaft utility engines when searching. I guess the only reason I ask is that since no one seems to be interested in these engines I might as well keep them and add them to my collection, and so I'm wondering if the labeling is authentic.

I hadn't considered keeping them until during my search I saw running display verticals without blades for counterbalancing. I only have a few 2 stroke horizontals, so these might be fun to play with too.

thanks for the replies, and if anyone has more info on this, I'd sure appreciate knowing.

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Default Re: Clinton VS200 Panther?

With the short output shaft and the base on this engine I would guess it was on a push mower . Blade adapters usually went on a short shaft like this one shown here.
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Contrary to what Ed stated, my Clinton literature shows the VS-200 as a 1-7/8" bore, 1-5/8" stroke engine developing 1.1hp @ 2000rpm, 1.5hp @ 2800rpm and 1.75hp @ 3600rpm. The fuel tank is not original to your engine, the VS-200 is not a panther engine. Clinton built vertical shaft Panther series engines, like the AVS-400. If you list the full model number of the engine I could tell you what your engine powered. For example, a VS200AORF was built for Vollrath.

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Default Re: Clinton VS200 Panther?

Larry Rarus has a Clinton only website. Just "google" Clinton engines
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Old 05-24-2019, 04:27:03 PM
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I got on larry's site but didn't notice anything of interest.

the full model# is vs2001177
serial# X699849 C the "X" is stamped hard by the looks of it, deeper and more prominent than the rest of the characters.

regarding the short shaft, the reason I guess is because there is a beefy bearing housing in which most of it resides. I took a picture of it next to a vs400 which was definitely a rotary mower engine. the difference in the bottom bearings is evident.

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thinking about what k-tron said about the tank not being original.

the engine has its' original paint, and the straps and screws don't appear to have ever moved. could have been a shroud swap at some point though I suppose.

now what bugs me is, where is the original panther engine. all of these engines and many more have sat undisturbed for almost 50 yrs.. only reason that I'm disturbing them now is that the shed they were in will soon collapse. kind of a shame, dozens of engines are going to the scrap yard, so I'm picking out the best and the most unusual for the final collection.

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Why would the owner throw them away? I can't imagine him not accepting scrap value on the spot from someone looking to save them. It's not like these are made any more lol. Once they're gone, they are gone forever. Criminal...
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I do not know how to date your engine from the serial number. Your serial number is 1 digit too long for my book, so it may have been built after 1951. If it is a VS-200-117 it was built for Lazy Boy Lawn Mower Corporation. Someone could have simply put the wrong decal on the fuel tank. I agree with Vanman, you need to just grab all of the small air cooled engines. They may not be worth a whole lot, but they certainly do not deserve the fate of being crushed and turned into toyotas. Their could be some valuable engines in there. Keep us posted.

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Why would the owner throw them away? I can't imagine him not accepting scrap value on the spot from someone looking to save them. It's not like these are made any more lol. Once they're gone, they are gone forever. Criminal...
I agree, that's why I said that it's a shame.

i've placed ads here and elsewhere without a response. I don't want to wait til the shed collapses and have to pick through the rubble. next week I'm gonna start loading the truck because it won't be long until it's all buried under a collapsed roof.

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