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Old 04-19-2018, 08:56:59 AM
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Pics linked below. I picked this engine up at my uncle's auction a few weeks ago. There is a brass tag but it is almost completely worn away. Don't have a lot of experience with these so really no idea what else to look for in terms of ID.

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Old 04-19-2018, 09:09:14 AM
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Looks like a 2 1/2hp Economy built by Hercules. Jason
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Looks like a 2 1/2hp Economy built by Hercules. Jason
Agreed.
The tag didn't have the name on it. If it's legible enough, the HP should be "2½E" with a six digit serial number. It has the newer style flywheels which dates it to 1917 or after; and a Webster mag which was discontinued ~1922.
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Old 04-19-2018, 12:12:27 PM
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Pics linked below. I picked this engine up at my uncle's auction a few weeks ago. There is a brass tag but it is almost completely worn away. Don't have a lot of experience with these so really no idea what else to look for in terms of ID.

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...and PLEASE remove the bolt sticking out of the flywheel spoke before someone gets hurt.
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Old 04-19-2018, 06:39:50 PM
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Agreed Kirk!! I'm sure someone put it on there to crank it but that is DANGEROUS. Someone could get seriously injured. Get that off ASAP.
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Old 04-29-2018, 01:30:40 PM
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Here's a lot of info about your engine...

http://herculesengines.com/hercules/default.htm

If you need help or pointers getting it going, I'm up the road to the NE about 50 minutes from you. Send me a private message if you'd like to discuss anything about it.
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Wow you guys are good. I could just make out the 2 1/2 E on the brass tag. I will definitely take out that bolt on the flywheel. When dad saw that he called it a "suicide crank" . We have a little engine/tractor show here in July maybe I can get it going by then!
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Old 05-17-2018, 04:13:10 PM
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If set up right, and if the engine has good compression, you should be able to start it without a crank! If you can read the engine serial number, post and we can date the engine for you!
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