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Guys- Dad showed me a photocopied article from the 60's or 70's showing virtually the identical engine in a 1911 Mercer Raceabout 35-R. The Mercer had a slightly shorter stroke. Dad said it is most definitely not a truck engine. Those are much heavier duty castings, etc. The rear end on the chassis is a Timken if that helps with the ID of it!

See here for a 1911 Mercer: 1911 Mercer Raceabout - Milestones in Speed - Automobile Magazine
 
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The truck engine was the Wisconsin Model A, which has a 4-3/4 " bore and I misread the data plate in the pic as such, though the "B" should have tipped me off. With that B&S, it would be about 312 ci, a little bigger than the 300ci Mercer. The FWD/Bearcat Wisconsin A had a 4-3/4 bore and 5-1/2 inch stroke for 389 cubes. I haven't heard those old sayings for decades, NumberDummy, thanks for dredging them back up!
 
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As the Stutz nuts back then used to say: "There's nothing worser than driving a Mercer!" Its T head was 300 cid.

The Mercer nuts chimed in with: "You gotta be nuts to drive a Stutz!" Its T head is much larger.

This 4 cylinder T head engine has a B&S of 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" / Y'all do the math.
 
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Should be fun in the light weight speedster body! Works out to 5.1 Liters or 312 CI and I think redline should be around 2000 RPM's or so with that long of stroke. We did manage to get ONE of the locking ring rims to "function" the other day. The other 3 need some massaging to make them work. Basically they're old "fellow band" style wheels. I think he's really starting to get fired up about getting the conical clutch arrangement worked out and everything mounted up. He even has a couple of different transmissions to choose from. I'll take some more pics next time I'm over there to show you what I mean.
 
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Well, here we are over five years later and the car has had little to no work done to it. I was heckling the old man about it when he offered to give me the car if I work on it! Score!

Turns out Dad determined the chassis to be from a Century Electric from about 1912.

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Well, here we are over five years later ...

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Time to change your sig from Nov '10 Recipient: "dedicated report-back tech thread poster" award! to "7 Years running: Dedicated Report-Back Tech Thread Poster Award!"

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