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Username: alan_l_in_bc

Post Number: 4
Registered: 04-2006
Posted on Thursday, July 13, 2006 - 01:38 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Alan and Rod,

There was an M-2 model and that is what the engine appears to be from the nameplate. The M2 was a Chrysler Crown 6 Cylinder 242 cid, 93HP @ 3200 rpm.

Serial numbers M2-3002 to M2-7090 (which fits your serial number of 4876). 1935 to 1941 production years.

Unfortunately I don't have time to research other details or you email below, but please feel free to post the full text/question/links on the discussion board.


Andrew Menkart

From: Alan Langrish
Sent: Wednesday, July 12, 2006 2:14 PM
To: Andrew Menkart
Cc: Sherrell Rod
Subject: Chrysler engine info

Hello, I am registered on the Old Marine Engine discussion board, as "alan_l_in_bc" and I am interested in any references available to identify the year and model information for Chrysler Crown and Ace models from the prewar / postwar era. I am actually composing this message for a friend (Rod) who has a vessel powered by what has always been considered to be a 1949 Crown M47, equipped with a V drive.
However, the ID plate is stamped AV M –2 4876.




So, if the M-2 designation on the plate is the model, does this fit with the M-47 designation at all, we wonder?

We have thoroughly searched the internet, and have come up empty in terms of reference or resource material to compare models and numbers for Chrysler marine flathead engines. The business in Bellingham called Chrysler Pete's is long gone, and with it any literature they may have had on the subject.

The reason for the current interest in this is that Rod (my friend on slo-o-o-w dial-up) who owns the vessel, is hoping to locate and buy a replacement V-drive or parts, particularly a case for the v drive, and without accurate info on the year and model, it is difficult to communicate with people who might have sources or parts. There was an engine on E-Bay with a v drive, but although the engine looked the same, the V-drive itself appeared slightly longer and the mounting crossbar didn't seem to be in the same location relative to the casing.

This brings up another question, would a v drive on a Crown be actually manufactured by Chrysler, or would it be another brand supplied to Chrysler? It appears from the manual that Rod has that they are Chysler products.

I have copied info that Rod put together about his engine in the boat, as well as info about a couple of other parts engines currently residing under the workbench in the shop, in hopes that you might be kindly willing to help ID the engines/drive that he has. The spare part engines do not have ID plates, only the one in the boat.

If you know of any available reference material, either on-line or literature, would you mind letting us in on it? Also, should you have ANY knowledge of likely sources for parts, especially the V drive components, we would REALLY appreciate knowing about it.

Thanks very much, Alan Langrish in BC, for Rod Sherrell.
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Hugh Baird
Posted on Monday, June 25, 2007 - 07:07 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I have a 2Hp, 2cylinder Buffalo in my 1894 motor-sailor. Type"A" Number 168
I need info. on the Lukenheimer mixing tube. I think I may be missing the lower part which must have had a choke & air strainer on it. The threads are 12tpi straight on a 0.938" diameter(female) on the bottom of the mixing tube. There is a spring which controls the gas/air mixture. If I had some pictures or even a drawing, I could make what is missing & wind a suitable spring. When the engine runs at slow speeds, this mixing tube loads up with fuel & when the spark is advanced, it "hunts" & smokes wildly. Any ideas on this problem??
I also need the tappitt clearances. Mine were 0.057-0.068"--rather toooooo much! I made "Tophats" to fit over the lifters & now have a clearance of 0.022-0.025". It runs quite well & idles down to 45rpm.
If there is anything technical remaining on this engine I would greatly appreciate knowing about it.
Thanking you, I remain,
yours in good faith, Hugh Baird}

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