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Toro? Motorcycle? Or something else?


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Default Toro? Motorcycle? Or something else?

I stumbled across this engine on craigslist, and it is being called a toro or motorcycle engine, but I'm not sure, anybody have any ideas? It's three hours from me so I'd like to know if it's worth the drive.

Any leads would be appreciated!

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Default Re: Toro? Motorcycle? Or something else?

It is an early Toro ME engine. It's the second version of the ME. The first was headless. It is missing the blower flywheel and the shrouding to direct the cooling air over the cylinder. That carb is not right either. I've added a couple photos from the ad in case it's deleted.

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I wonder how he got it to run with no flywheel as far as value goes, is it worth anything? I'm not a Toro guy just a old engine collector
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Default Re: Toro? Motorcycle? Or something else?

Looking at the engine again, it looks like the round part may actually be the flywheel, or something non-original serving as a flywheel. It may have had a tin squirrel cage attached to it to move the air. It looked more like a backing plate to me at first.


I think that particular engine would be worth the most to someone that needed good parts to get another running, or had the parts to complete that one. The magneto would be the most valuable part of it.
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That makes more sense it is an odd thing at least, I wonder if perhaps I could make a Whizzer out of it... I'll have to dig deeper, thanks for the info!
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Second version had a American Bosch mag, third version had a Wico. Looks look wrong carb, orginal did not a fringe to bolt to. Missing all sheet metal. Looks like wrong flywheel, orginal had fins to move air. But it is a Toro Model ME
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It sounds like a spendy project, I think I may let someone else go after this one, that mag would be nice to have though
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Default Re: Toro? Motorcycle? Or something else?

Ok if you go to Garden tractors/ mowers/ scooters and go to page 2. Toro park lawn rider. Also on page 8 Toro parklawn reel lawnmore.I think that this is what you are looking at.I think that it would be hard to find the rest of the parts.
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Does look pretty much the same, agreed may be a better parts engine...Wonder if that mag could be rigged to work on a old Harley.... Thanks you guys
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If it was closer and about $50-75 I would consider to buy it for spare parts. These engines do not come up for sale but a couple times a year at best. It would be hard to track down the parts needed and the engine found would maybe be in better condiction. Currently I own 3 ME's, one of each version and I am looking for parts engines.
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Hope you find some parts! I'm gonna pass for sure considering we are supposed to get 5-10 inches of snow
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