Post Number: 1
|Posted on Tuesday, May 29, 2007 - 02:09 am: ||
I am about to purchase a 2 cylinder marine engine. It looks like a Model T Ford engine with only two cylinders. It has a solid flywheel at its front and a carb. on a side plate that is mounted quite low on the block. Any help would be appreciated (i.e. value and history). I may be wrong but thought it was a Roberts? Thanks for the help. Bob
Post Number: 502
|Posted on Tuesday, May 29, 2007 - 07:28 am: ||
Many Model T Ford engines were cut in two for use as stationary or marine engines. The Planatary transmission was very useful in the marine version as there was no load from the reverse gear when going forward. Reverse was simply a matter of holding the forward band in nuetral ans stepping on the reverse pedal. The brake band kept the prop shaft from rotating when in nuetral. Some folks got creative and had three vertical handles rather than keeping the pedals.
The cut down versions were not so popular around salt water. Cutting them down was a lot of work. The water jackets were so thin they would rust out in a couple of years and it was cheaper/simpler to go to any junkyard and buy a replacement engine for a dollar or two.
Post Number: 2
|Posted on Tuesday, May 29, 2007 - 10:24 am: ||
Hello again and thanks for the help. I don't think my description was accurate. The engine has a brass manufacturer's plate and is said to have used many Ford parts. It has a cast cylinder head. Sorry but I did not get the information off the plate (could have said Roberts or Robertson?). Bob