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1923 Economy 1 1/2hp


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Old 10-06-2009, 11:45:13 AM
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Default 1923 Economy 1 1/2hp

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I just purchased a nice looking 1923 Economy FW model engine I,m new with these engines and have a question on my trip rod there is a little bar that flips up and down between part of the trip rod they refer it as number 403 but dont say what it is any ideas.
Also after cleaning the fuel system I got here running pretty good and found out that it either has a bent flywheel or outer crank end the cam gear on the crank on the inside looks true when running. So my question is will this hurt the engine and if so how would I straighten either one of these out
I,m going to but a dial indicator on the crank end tonight and check that first.
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I'm thinking you might be seeing the mag retard lever.
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Default Re: 1923 Economy 1 1/2hp

it could be the crank or flywheel. if the flywheel has no cracks, it is ok to run. the crank can be straightened, but it is spendy. if it's minor runout, i would just run it. skip
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Default Re: 1923 Economy 1 1/2hp

The little flip-up piece is the spark retard lever. It is there for cold starting, although I have never really needed to use mine on the FW. I used to have a Stover CT engine that had the same trip mechanism, and sometimes needed to retard things to get it started.

It is generally not a good idea to run an engine with bent flywheels or a bent crank. It'll want to walk all over the place, and also will wear the bearings excessively. Bent flywheels are often dangerous, since you don't really know right off if they are cracked and in danger of coming apart.
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Thanks guys after much searching and your help thats what I was looking at. I was going to check the crank out last night but we had some heavy rain and even hail so that was put on hold. Plus the hunny do list of putting up the holloween decorations got in the way.
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Well I,m going to try and post my first video of the engine running hope this works.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Xgdh5-vT3w
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