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I found this in back of grandfathers shed, it hasa a massive steel muffler


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Old 09-14-2019, 05:50:17 PM
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Default I found this in back of grandfathers shed, it hasa a massive steel muffler

The muffler is so thick it hasn't rusted through or damaged in any way.

I posted photos of the carb so you could see what model it is...maybe? When I saw the engine head at first I thought, combined with the muffler, this must be an older scale airplane engine? but...

It was extremely well made, which most things were in the days of single cylinders, this muffler says "I will survive!!" I can put a tape measure by if need be for comparison but its at least 20-24" long.

I would appreciate any information, it would help me understand Gramps a bit more and what he was working on and what he may have experimented with!
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Old 09-14-2019, 06:01:25 PM
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Default Re: I found this in back of grandfathers shed, it hasa a massive steel muffler

Looks golf cartish to me.
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Old 09-14-2019, 07:04:55 PM
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Default Re: I found this in back of grandfathers shed, it hasa a massive steel muffler

Yeah, that pulley looks like the clutch and driven end of a CVT, as commonly found in such small vehicles. The coil and it's bracket and the plastic on the fuel pump (or is that the carb?) makes me think this isn't as old as it looks. Still, a neat little two stroke.
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Old 09-14-2019, 07:08:17 PM
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Default Re: I found this in back of grandfathers shed, it hasa a massive steel muffler

I think it's an HL Tillotson carb
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Default Re: I found this in back of grandfathers shed, it hasa a massive steel muffler

In the Harley days?
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I think it's a Harley-Davidson golf cart engine.
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Default Re: I found this in back of grandfathers shed, it hasa a massive steel muffler

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Looks golf cartish to me.
Everything I am finding is pointing towards that. I found a replacement muffler that was nearly exact and the specs were almost dead on.

I think you hit it.

Thanks!
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I think it's a Harley-Davidson golf cart engine.
And you are correct also. You were typing your msg as I was. Thank you!
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Default Re: I found this in back of grandfathers shed, it hasa a massive steel muffler

Does the engine turn over? If it were mine I would use compressed air to blow all of the crud off of it, pull the sparkplug and muffler off and just let it sit in a 5 gallon pail of pblaster/diesel/kerosene for a while before working on it. These are a two stroke engine so you can access most of the condition of the engine without even pulling the cylinder head off.

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If memory serves, these are 250cc (15 cubic inch) displacement engines. Two-stroke cycle, they run equally well in either direction. Originally equipped with a Dyna-Start starter/generator, the engine was motored opposite to normal rotation for reverse on the golf cart. This engine was also used on a scooter that Harley produced during the late 50's.
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