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I purchased this hit 'n miss engine kit from Joe Tochtrop of San Francisco, 415-346-6038. It has a 1- 1/8" bore and 1-3/4" stroke. The castings are aluminum except for the two 6-3/8" diameter cast iron flywheels. The gears and drip oilers were included in the kit.
 
It is a beautifully running engine, starts easily and runs on gas pump gasoline or coleman fuel with a few drops of oil added. Like the original it will probably run on most anything including kerosene.
 
This was my first model engine project so I guess I went a little overboard in creating the carrying case. But I wanted to do it right and I had a lot of fun.
 
Everyone asks the time it took to build and I know approximately but I'm not too proud of it. That and the fact I started building the engine and then had a one year interuption. Restarting took extra time. Then when it was finished a very good friend and full-scale engine rebuilder helped me get it running we two spent many more hours. Then it all had to be disassembled and painted. Then when reassembled it didn't act as it did previously necessitating more time.
 
The answer is a little bit like the yacht owner who answers the cost question with, "if you have to ask then you can't afford it." I enjoyed building it and had a lot of fun along with many frustrations. Fortunately I don't have to think about costs and time.
 
I have many construction photos and would be glad to E-mail to anyone needing help on their engine or just wanting to see how I did something.
 
 
Engine with the white oak carrying case
Nice to have had a little woodworking experience
 
 
Shows the fly-ball govenor and the speed control lever. Speed can be controlled from fast, over 500 RPM to under 300 RPM.
 
 
The tall exhaust pipe was my idea...I like the sound.
 
 
Note the authentic timming marks on the flywheel.
 
Closed up and ready for transportation or to stash away for storage.
Sure keeps the dust off.
 

 

The red cedar box on the left contains the buzz coil and rechargeable nicad batteries. Thanks to an electrical engineer friend of mine this attempt at building an ignition buzz box turned out well. 

 

 

The plug recepticle for the battery charger is under the lid.
 
 
I opted to make a external gas tank. The original, and this kit provides for a tank in the base casting where you can see my filler elbow with cap.