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Old 02-17-2011, 08:57 AM   #1
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Default Crosley OHC engine

I bought this engine yesterday merely for a song.
It seemed kind of interesting with the Fairbanks/Morse magneto and ohc/vertical cam shaft drive. Does that engine have any potential. Speed equipment available?






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Old 02-17-2011, 09:18 AM   #2
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Back in the early '50s, a guy named Nick Braje made speed equipment for Crosley engines, and I've seen some repops of his intakes and valve cover at swap meets.
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Old 02-17-2011, 09:31 AM   #3
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No specific info, but I recall those engines were used in certain classes of hydroplane racing back in the day. I think there was a lot of goodies available for them, not sure about nowadays.
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Old 02-17-2011, 09:41 AM   #4
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Default Re: Crosley OHC engine

Lou Fageol, a unlimited Hydroplane driver, bought the tooling for that engine and used it for his own Fageol Outboard engine. That became the Homelite outboard and then the Fisher-Pierce Bearcat 55 built into the late 60's. 35 years later most all outboards are 4 stroke.

Crosley car guys like the outboard engine because it was 55 hp, 15 over the stock car motor.






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I recently read where Nick Brajevich's son still owns the tooling and runs parts now and then. I think he's here in so cal, the soouth bay?

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Old 02-17-2011, 10:13 AM   #5
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Crosley engines were also used in race cars in the SCCA (Sports Car Club of America) small bore classes, somewhere around the H Production for Crosley Hot Shots or in a similar Modified class(es). Really pretty potent with the appropriate power to weight ratio. Cool find.

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Old 02-17-2011, 10:30 AM   #6
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Interesting. Can you post some closer pics of that magneto and the cam drive?

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Old 02-17-2011, 10:36 AM   #7
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Default Re: Crosley OHC engine

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I bought this engine yesterday merely for a song.
It seemed kind of interesting with the Fairbanks/Morse magneto and ohc/vertical cam shaft drive. Does that engine have any potential. Speed equipment available?






Absolutely no potential what soever. Let me sing to ya so you can get your investment back.

If I had it it would get a bank of SUs and I'd be looking for the pieces to assemble me a '50s style sport car clone. Neat old motor.
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Old 02-17-2011, 10:46 AM   #8
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Default Re: Crosley OHC engine

Looks like a military/industrial engine application..Governor too, also has cog for belt drive mag...

Browse here...http://crosleyautoclub.com/ and here.. .http://crosleyautoclub.com/EngineTre..._Eng_Tree.html
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Old 02-17-2011, 11:17 AM   #9
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Thanks guys for the quick respone on that one. I'll have the engine here in the shop next month and come back with some more details.

Foul, here is the close up of the magneto

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Old 02-17-2011, 03:10 PM   #10
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i have heard they used them as powerplants in fefrigeration units
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Old 02-17-2011, 03:33 PM   #11
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Used those engines for everything from airplanes to generators. To orchard fans to prevent fros of the trees. Buddy has a dozen of them that we hav earmarked for some retro bikes. Cool engines with the Mags.
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Old 02-17-2011, 03:56 PM   #12
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The engines were in production up into the 70s but the plant where they were manufactured burned. Retooling was not realistically doable so the Crosley CIBA (Cast Iron Block Assembly) engine, then marketed as Bearcat outboard, became history.

The engines were used by the rairoads, trucking industry, and US military as welders, generators, cooling unit powerplants and many other purposes wherever a small cool running engine would do the job.
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Old 02-17-2011, 05:16 PM   #13
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They were ran in midget racers...turned high RPMs...cyl head and block are one piece kind of like the Offys were...neat little engines..seen a few still trying for new records at Bonneville
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Old 02-17-2011, 05:22 PM   #14
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Default Re: Crosley OHC engine

They were used in 3/4 midgets in the early sixties. The speed equipment was made, have fun trying to find it.
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Old 02-17-2011, 05:28 PM   #15
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My favorite application!
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Old 02-17-2011, 06:16 PM   #16
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The crosley cars were very advanced in some ways. The "Hot Shot" the sports car won its clas at Lemans & there were Crosley race cars of all sorts including stock cars that ran indor races in the winter in the Cincinatti Garden arena. I bet Josh knows something about them & maybe can comment.
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Old 02-19-2011, 06:41 PM   #17
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Default Re: Crosley OHC engine

What you have is an early Aerojet industrial motor that either used up the existing
Crosley block supply or the the block was later replaced with a Crosley block when the Aerojet motor had problems.
Aerojet was a subsiiary of the General Tire and Rubber Company and took up using and producing the motors after Crosley quit making cars in 1952.
How many bolts holding the flywheel on? 3 or 6...

Any thing else you want to know just ask.

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Old 02-19-2011, 08:45 PM   #18
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Default Re: Crosley OHC engine

Crosley Thread-

http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/s...d.php?t=543847
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Old 02-20-2011, 01:29 PM   #19
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Thanks again for sticking to the theme guys.
Dodge I'll check back when it comes to any action with the motor.
The fly wheel is a 6 bolt.

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Old 02-20-2011, 01:45 PM   #20
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looks like it was setup for a generator
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