1910 Vaughn Engine
1/2 Scale Model
Bob Matthews & I built a pair
of these engines during the Winter of 2004 - 2005, taking about 500
hours total. That includes building the bases and transportation boxes
and wiring the battery boxes. (my wife actually built the boxes) We
started with casting kits from Debolt Machine, Inc, from Zanesville,
OH, 740-454-8082. These were our first engines, and the first time we
ever worked with castings, so there were some challanges along the way.
As it turns out, we had to re-make only a few minor parts and most
other mistakes aren't noticable.
Like other Debolt models, these engines are great runners. They start
easily and settle down quickly into the stereotypical Hit & Miss
pattern, something I enjoy listening to all day long. At this writing,
my Vaughn has over 250 hours on it, averaging about 25-30 hours per
Here's a view from the LH end, showing the
ignitor and cylinder head.
From the rear, showing the crank &
A closeup of the governor and cams.
The battery box, also used for the Olds
Some pertinent facts:
Weight is about 30#, flywheel is 9" diameter. This engine is patterned
after the only one known to exist, owned by Ken Wolf of Indiana. We use
camp fuel, either Coleman or the Wal-Mart equivelant with about 100:1
2-stroke oil mixed in. Mobil 1, 10W-30 oil is used for all lubrication
except for the con rod big end, which uses gun grease in the greaser
cup. The engine will run about 6 hours on 4 oz. of fuel, and the
battery will easily last for an entire show.
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