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Capriolo Face-Cam engine 100cc

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Old 09-06-2019, 09:23:41 AM
Benjamin Gradler Benjamin Gradler is offline
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Default Capriolo Face-Cam engine 100cc

Hi all, this is a little Italian motorcycle called a Capriolo, they were made from WWII through about 1960.
It's engine is unusual in that it has a face-cam in the cylinder head driven by a tower-shaft from the lower-end. Most of these engines were 75cc-125cc. The cam is a little disk with bumps on it that one end of the rocker-arms ride upon.

I have not had time to get this running yet, but it does have spark and turns over. Bought from the widow of the original owner at a local garage sale. I would not mind finding a spare engine for this if anyone has one laying around!

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Harvey Teal Harvey Teal is offline
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Default Re: Capriolo Face-Cam engine 100cc

Interesting way to reduce reciprocating force, especially at the high speeds that these engines run. Actually, I’m surprised that more manufacturers aren’t using axial cams. Nice find!
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