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Cleaning out my late father-in-law's shop and ran across this old engine. There is a blank spot on flywheel cover where i assume a tag used to be many years ago. Any ideas?
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sorry the pics came in sideways
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Lauson engine, but not sure of the model.
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Default Re: unknown single cylinder

Pipefitter,
Take a look at http://lausonsmallengines.com/collec...tionGroup1.htm
there are pictures of many Lauson engines there.
It may help you identify it.
Personally I think it looks like an RSC

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I agree TekNik it looks like the rsc engines at the link.
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Military Spec Lauson WWII vintage. Likely a derivative of a model RSC
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I had a suspicion it might be military by the paint and the spark plug wire.
Mom would like to sell it. Do you think any collectors might want it?
Also we have no idea what a fair value would be.
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Pipefitter,
There are a good number of Lauson collectors out there.
I paid about $50 for an incomplete engine, a lauson-goodall RSH-556 Vertical.

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well, that would be better than it going to scrap, plus there is a certain satisfaction in knowing it would go to somebody who would appreciate it, and maybe bring it back to life.

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i will talk to mom and may be posting it for sale. Any suggestions on the best way to ship one of these engines?
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It should be worth anywhere from $50-$75 to someone looking for a project. It's missing the original air cleaner, so the new owner will have to look for one, but the engine DOES have value.

Whatever you do, please don't just toss it in a cardboard box with some newspaper and send it out via UPS or the Post Office. Drain any fluids (old oil/gas) then find a scrap piece of plywood and BOLT it to the wood. Place the assembly inside of an appropriate cardboard box and insert more cardboard around the engine tightly. More cardboard on top, then verify it can't move around and tape the box like it's going to the moon. Label the outside "handle like eggs". Finally, take the box to Fastenal (they have outlets everywhere) and ship it with them. The cost will be less and anything they ship gets there in one piece.

By the way, the fins on the Lauson flywheels are thin aluminum, easily broken.

I say this because I bought an antique Briggs and Stratton model Y from someone on Ebay years ago and got a poorly packed, smashed chunk of cast iron....non repairable and good for parts only. Someday I'll offer it for sale here on the website and HOPE to get some of my money back......

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