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Old 06-21-2008, 06:36:58 PM
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hi all,

a horizontal shaft clinton found its way into the back of my truck today, the numbers on the tag read as follows: B0022873 B1104, nothing elese on the tag is readable. it has a carter n carburetor, and on the oil dipstick theree is the number 3296 and on the crankcase it has the numbers 8-6-49. what model is it? horsepower? parts availabitiy? rarity? age? and any other information is greatly apprteciated.

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I don't know to much about Clinton engines although they appear to use the same magneto and points as Tecumseh. At least the few that I have seen. My brother actually goes to the auto parts store and gets head gaskets for them.


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If you could post pictures it would help alot. The carter n carb are common and arnt hard to work on. Its probably around a 2hp and made around the 50s. If its cast iron it helps date it better to know what metal it is. But post pictures and its easier.
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it is cast iron, i would post pictures but i just took it apart to check for spark. is there anywhere to get sparkplug wire ends for these guys.

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Any lawnmower shop should have ends for them. Judging by the numbers cast into your block it's probably a 1949. Post some pics as soon as you can.
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thanks cj, it does got spark, the reason i asked about the ends was that it won't grip the plug tight enough for the electricity to flow through.
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would a chunk off the top of the piston effect it running? also when oil comes up past the top of the piston means i need new rings right?

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Your engine is an 1100 from the mid 1950's. 8 CID and rated 3.0hp or 3.6hp. First made in late 1940's as A1100 thru B1100, etc. Finally same basic engine was renumbered as 494-XXXX when Clinton went to the new "IBM" numbering system in the early 1960's.

The 1200/A1200/B1200/498-XXXX engine was the 10 CID and rated 4/4.5hp. Considered the "poor man's" K91 Kohler in it's day.
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A Chunk wow! yeah thats not to good you might could file it down I dont know if thats good to file but you do need new rings probably and if its apart you might as well.
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its not to big of a chunk but it is on the outside topedge and i believe it goes right down to the first ring land. thats what i figured about the rings, it wasn't that far apart, but if i do get it running my plan is to teear it right down and clean it up real good then maybe repaint it. what colour where they originally?

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The best way to check the rings is by the gap where the 2 ends meet. I don't think it should be above .010. If you find a part number for the piston let me know. I have a bunch of new old stock Clinton pistons, but no way to look them up.
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I would probably rplace the piston because to me if you didnt its kinda asking for future problems. There is a couple Ive seen on ebay one even has rings already on it. My clinton is teal. Look around the engine like the inside of the blower housing, and clean off the fins on the engine head and give it a good look over. Ive seen red, teal, green but you should try to find out.
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there is grenn all inside the shroud, rust, the flywheel is green the head looks to be silver and it looks like the rest of the engine is red but it also looks like its red over green, where the decals were on the gas tank its green.

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Default Re: Clinton questions?

FYI;
Tecumseh did absorb Clinton and some of their designs. A Tec. dealer may be able to fit you with a piston and/or rings. No promises, but it's worth a shot.
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Measure your bore and let me know the size. I'm sure I have one for the 1100.
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I think, but not 100% sure, that the standard color for Clintons was a forrest green, with other colors avalible. I think I read that in a parts breakdown. Think you had to order 100 or more at a time to select a diff color.
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Then its a green. The reason the head is silver is because clintons top half is aluminum and the bottom is iron and the paint comes off easier on the aluminum.

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