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SIMPLICITY Engine with WICO mag.


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Old 06-13-2011, 05:08:56 PM
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Default SIMPLICITY Engine with WICO mag.

I've been sent Simplicity pictures for the Simplicity/Turner/Napoleon registry and was a little surprised to see a Simplicity engine with a Wico magneto. Anyone else here seen one? I thought the Wico was only introduced during 1923-24. Wouldn't that mean that Simplicity engines were built later than we previously knew?

Last engine in the registry (JJ12171) : http://buzzcoil.brinkster.net/simplicity/page102.html
Any thoughts or additional info would be greatly appreciated.

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We have a 3 hp with a Wico EK mag
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Default Re: SIMPLICITY Engine with WICO mag.

Perhaps the EK was offered as a retro fit kit? Maybe the answer could be found in some Wico advertisements?
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Default Re: SIMPLICITY Engine with WICO mag.

I know of a few Simplicity's with Wico mags on them. I also heard from an early engine man that he missed out on a 2 1/2hp with an Accurate rotary mag behind the hopper running off of the cam gear. Jason.
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Default Re: SIMPLICITY Engine with WICO mag.

It would appear that Turner Mfg. Co. had another name change and moved out of Port Washington around the mid-twenties.

According to this part manual they were called The TURNER-SIMPLICITY Co. and operated out of Cedarburg, Wi.

Can someone tell me if the "SIMPLICITY" garden tractors came out of Port Washington, Cedarburg or elsewhere?

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Default Re: SIMPLICITY Engine with WICO mag.

Denis,
Verne Kindschi did a history of Turner Mfg. 35 years ago here:
http://gasengine.farmcollector.com/T...G-COMPANY.aspx
He may have more updated information now.

Here's another history link:
http://www.fundinguniverse.com/compa...y-History.html
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It would appear that Turner Mfg. Co. had another name change and moved out of Port Washington around the mid-twenties.

According to this part manual they were called The TURNER-SIMPLICITY Co. and operated out of Cedarburg, Wi.

Can someone tell me if the "SIMPLICITY" garden tractors came out of Port Washington, Cedarburg or elsewhere?

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Leland Turner was quite the shyster of a businessman. I don't have time to explain the entire story but will try when I return from Coolspring. Turner was literally run out of Port Washington, WI on a rail to Oskaloosa, IA where he continued selling engines made up of left over parts from his production days in WI. More when I return from Coolspring.....
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Default Re: SIMPLICITY Engine with WICO mag.

Denis,
I was surprized to see that some else also has a 3hp with a Wico Mag. On my 3hp who ever retro fitted it ground off part of the inbosed "Simplicity" to make the Mag fit. The Engine Runs very good with the Wico Mag. Also I have two friends with tank cooled 1 1/2 hp ver. engines . I will work on getting their ser# and other information for you. Also the Verne Kindschi's history of Turner Mfg. was very interesting.

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I don't have time to explain the entire story but will try when I return from Coolspring.

More when I return from Coolspring.....
I also was in Coolspring and I was ready to gather info about the SIMPLICITY engines there. To my disapointment, not a single SIMPLICITY could be found in Coolspring this year

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