Discussion in 'General Questions' started by SimpleSimon, Dec 23, 2009.

  1. SimpleSimon

    SimpleSimon Active Member

  2. ibdennyak

    ibdennyak Guest

    Wow, that brings back memories. Found one of them in a junk pile and managed to get it running (with my father's hired hand's help) I built a kart out of 2 X 4's with a coaster wagon steering axle. Borrowed the wheels from my Radio Flyer and went motoring. Must have gone 5 mph. What fun. Well, at 8 years old I didn't have too much for expectations. :whistling:
  3. scootdaddy

    scootdaddy New Member

    I would jump on that in a minute if I were closer!!
  4. AussieSteve

    AussieSteve Active Member

    Love it. Any idea when it was made, what the displacement is and the original purpose? Denny? Simon? Anyone?

    I used to have an 'Atco' roller lawn mower that had a similar kick start, although the fins were deeper. About 40's to 50's.

    Is the Maytag intended for really cold climates? (Almost no fins.)


    ... Steve

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  5. SimpleSimon

    SimpleSimon Active Member

    Just a guesstimate, but the engine was probably made in the 1920's to 1930's. It was, given the label applied by the seller, originally a washing machine engine. My paternal g'mother had a Maytag washer with a very similar engine in it - she was still using it in 1974, just before her death. She had gotten it new in 1926, if I remember correctly.
  6. AussieSteve

    AussieSteve Active Member

    Maytag Model 92 2-Stroke Washing Machine

    Thanks, SimpleSimon. Never heard of an internal combustion washing machine before. I don't think we had them in this country. Have to ask one or two of my older friends.

    Just did a quick search. This looks like it, made between 1927 and 1937. The previous model, 82, didn't have the same kick-start and the following model 72 was (usually) a horizontally opposed twin. A quick calculation tells me that model 92 was 161cc:-


    This is a Model 72 Washer with the rare 'Fruit Jar' engine, very similar to a Model 92. Note the fruit jar fuel tank. (Looks fun to refuel without spillage. How?):-


    More info:- Maytag Club

    1000RPM - our little HT 2-strokes would be lucky to idle that low.

    Love this stuff,
    ... Steve

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  7. Great info on these remarkable little engines. I used an old one fould in someone's trash to power a scooter I built when I was 10 (1955). The scoot was crude, made of junk I scrounged from the area and broke every few minutes but the motor started easily and ran like a top. As I recall the brake was a bar that pivoted on the side. When you pulled up on the front, the back of the bar dragged on the road. The clutch/drive was a v-belt that was loose at idle, then tightened with a hand lever operated idler to go, taken from a self propelled reel mower. My brother timed me in the car at the breakneck speed of 13mph, topped out. I lost skin on the road almost every time I rode it. The maytag was not built to have a lot of power or turn a lot of revs, but those low stressed mills seemed to run forever.
  8. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    that washer looks like it was built to last
    don't see much of that these days

    add another transmission, drive and larger wheels = a rideable wash machine !!!

    ride that thing
  9. ibdennyak

    ibdennyak Guest

    Thanks for the info Simon. Most of my memories of that engine revolve around the "tongue lashing" I got from my father for cutting up the lumber he had purchased for some project. That and having to use a hatchet to cut the lumber because he wouldn't let me use a power saw. Oh, and the hired hands spark tester.....told me to hang on the plug wire as he kicked it over...... Hmmm, I just realized why my parents considered me a "problem child." :devilish: It did have a few engineering problems too....such as the scrubber roller dropping on the wheel before I was onboard after starting it....
  10. HoughMade

    HoughMade Guest

    Those Maytags are great little engines. Not powerful, but last forever if you keep enough oil in the gas...and sometimes even if you don't.
  11. AussieSteve

    AussieSteve Active Member

    I had no idea that these things existed. (Must tell my buddy, too, he was born in 1928. He loved a friend's, ('olkoot+' Ken, I hope I got your moniker right), 1928 Ford Tudor when I showed him a pic.)

    For 18 years, I lived in the bush on the edge of a rain forest near Coffs Harbour, (North-East coast of OZ), about 10 years of that without mains power.
    Had a 12V solar system with a 3HP (Victa) lawnmower engine belt-driving a car alternator for backup in the often rainy, overcast weather.
    30W B&W 14" TV, 12V 60W lights with DC-DC dimmers, but certainly no washing machine.
    I used a 5 gallon bucket for the tub and a soup can with holes, screwed onto the end of a short length of broomstick as a plunger. (Picture it - sit in front of the TV with a beer, working the plunger up and down in the bucket. Nothing like my new LG machine that even plays me a tune when it's finished.)

    If only I'd known or thought of it..... All those hours.
    I've almost got a new hobby. I want one, even now, living in the city with all the usual mod cons.

    Yep, I'm an old hippy.

    Just saw a couple of the newer posts. Something I liked about old 2-strokes was their low-down torque. Look at this Maytag - 1000RPM, ¾HP, (560W), but I'll bet it would pull like a draught horse.

    Try to get my ~2.5HP 66cc HT to even run at 1000RPM, let alone do any work.....

    The whole 2-stroke world has gone to the other extreme in recent years.
    My first real bike was a (2-stroke) 350cc Jawa twin, predecessor to the Jawa 'Californian', for those old enough to remember. 16BHP at 3500RPM, but tons of torque. Idled at about 600, like a 4-stroke.
    One of my dirt bikes was a (2-stroke) Bultaco 'Sherpa T' 360cc trials bike, years ago. (Rode competition trials for a short time.) As mentioned in another thread, more torque than almost any 4-stroke I've ever owned.
    Nowadays, it's all 12,000 RPM+. Kills the engine quickly. Give me lower revs, more torque and a slightly higher gearing anytime. (Should buy a Ducati or Harley, I guess.)

    Again, my 2 cents worth,
    ... Steve
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  12. SimpleSimon

    SimpleSimon Active Member

    Your story reminds me of my scooter I had as a small boy. I wore braces on both legs, and couldn't ride a bike as a consequence of that. I had a stand up kick scooter, and talked my Dad into helping me put an old B&S lawn mower engine on it with friction drive to the rear wheel that engaged with a lever handle. Nearly killed myself on that thing one day, but Boy, Howdy! did I ever have fun with it.

    *editL Just saw your last reply, Steve.

    I lived in Lesotho for a while, and NO ONE had a washing machine. It was all hand labor, much as you have described. So I built one. Utterly simple, built it out of scavenged materials. Just a 32 gallon steel drum type barrel, with a wooden lid. I made a loose fitting plunger with several big holes in it from a plastic five gallon lard bucket lid, fixed that to the end of a rod (which was a central flower stalk from an agave plant), and hooked that to a really simple three bladed rotor windmill as an eccentric off the flywheel.. Fill it about halfway with water, dump in the clothes and soap powder, release the shaft brake and any decent breeze did the laundry. Still had to change the water a couple times for rinses, and line dry the clothes, but it worked great.
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  13. fasteddy

    fasteddy Member

    Here's a site that has small antique engine ads. Maytags show up a lot.


    Can't help but think that is is a good thing a lot of us didn't live on the same street.

  14. srdavo

    srdavo Active Member

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  15. SimpleSimon

    SimpleSimon Active Member

  16. happycheapskate

    happycheapskate Active Member

    Washing machine engines for rural areas
    Different engine, on bicycle

    similar engine to one being sold, stock

    smoothed out and souped up!

  17. happycheapskate

    happycheapskate Active Member