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Old 05-11-2015, 06:55:18 AM
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After reading a lengthy article in the GEM Jan 1997 i am wondering if any of the engines still exist? It was a unique design intended for auto use and later as a commercial engine competitor in the market place. Large sums of money and years of testing and finally it came to an end. Any information would be appreciated.

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I've never seen one in person but remember reading an article in an antique auto magazine a number of years ago and I think the author owned one. The article attributed the primary reason for their demise and never successfully competing in the larger auto market was the higher cost of production and multiple wear points of the engine.
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Gene and Tommy,
You might also be interested in Googling US Patent 1609092, issued in 1926 to A.E. Miller of Sacramento for an "Automatically Variable Crank....etc.".
About 1974 a friend in Oregon obtained on my behalf two odd looking twin flywheel engines, each with a casting boldly labelled "Miller" from the L.N. Miller Dehydrator Company in Eugene, Oregon. I do not know if A.E. and L.N. were related; maybe father/son? So the two engines, one aircooled and one hopper cooled, made it all the way to NC and are still kicking around in the tool shed here in Raleigh. I'll try to get them out for some photos in a few days. There was also a third engine, a four cylinder air cooled engine that was traded to a collector in Birmingham Alabama many years ago. My recollection is that all three were said to have been made to demonstrate a patent, and were never produced for sale because of production expense and loss of fuel efficiency due to all the extra moving parts.
Guess they need to go back to California some day; or should it be Oregon?
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