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Thread: Present Availability Of OLD Single Cylinder Engines?

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    Question Present Availability Of OLD Single Cylinder Engines?

    Which antique (pre 1920) single cylinder engine is most available to acquire now,
    and get running, to enjoy as a regular use "rider"? E. R. Thomas, Shaw, Harley-Davidson,
    Indian, A. O. Smith Motor wheel, etc.?

    Thanks,
    Jack

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    Indian made more than anyone else...
    Robbie Knight Amca #2736

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    Triumph made a lot of Model H bikes including about 30,000 for military use during WWI. There are still a lot left and the same engine was used in a few other bikes so I would have to throw the Trump motor into the mix.

    John

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    Thumbs up Thanx !

    Robbie and John,

    Thank you for supplying the above information. I want to wind up with a single cylinder engine powered, fun riding, example.
    I will not be too hard on myself, [right away] regarding every part of the cycle being 1919 or early, but I DO have the self imposed
    requirement that the engine WILL have to be. I'm confident that the folks here will be a big help.
    Jack

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    Jack, I believe a pre-'20 single is the way to go as twins are often twice the headache. Unfortunately, when twins became more popular (circa 1911) the singles became less popular. Even worse (for a collector) pre-1918 singles (last year for H-D 30.50" single) can be very pricey, and get exponentially more expense the earlier you go. I think John gave good advice about early Triumph, and British singles as they are generally less expensive than American bikes, but truly beautifully built machines.
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    maybe include daily ebay surfing, it's not there anymore, but i seem to recall a Shaw or something complete motor including carb last week, definitely pre-20, i want to say it was 1915, buy it now $5.5k, super clean, no broken fins, which i thought was reasonable but that's just my perspective. probably for a first project unless you've got the skills, tools, equipment, and money pick something like John says, as Eric recommends so the project can stay fun.

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    I've observed in my short time as a participant on this forum,
    that there are folks here that have a pattern of constructive,
    positive, optimistic posts. A representative group has posted
    in response to my question. MUCH OBLIGED Friends!!!
    Jack

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    Jack, you're welcome to stop by my house if you happen to be traveling South. Drop me a line.
    Eric Smith
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    Quote Originally Posted by exeric View Post
    Jack, you're welcome to stop by my house if you happen to be traveling South. Drop me a line.
    Next time I head south I sure will send a P.M. to you!
    Thanks for the invitation.
    Of course once you are north of St. Pete or Tampa Int'l airport you're closing in on me.
    Reach out if you do head up!
    Last edited by AdvenJack; 09-08-2018 at 04:31 PM.
    Jack

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