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Lockards rotary wankel

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My head hurts now. Never realized there were so many engines!

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my grandfather had a ford tiger tractor engine in a midget around 1959. there was a ford sesco engine during the early 70s. don't know if it was mentioned, but the chevy 2.8/3.1 v6. it was previously mentioned, but the strangest idea i ever saw was a 255/270 offy front 2 cyls. in a midget mid 70's.. sounded like thunder(LOUD) but was not fast.at least not on the day i saw it run. the chevy v-4 was popular for a short while.

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Mike Mcnulty's 2-stroke 6cyl i think,lots of pipes coming out,lol very nice engine he built,dean erfurth ran it a few times in the mcnulty v4 car.

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Here's "the list" from Jack Fox's book The Mighty Midget from 1977 with a few later additions by yours truly.
It is hard to put the dozens of "V-8 heads on aftermarket blocks & "Chevy II" cranks" on the same level as a guy who cuts a blown-up 270 Offy in half. Chuck Schultz Winfield, Illinois

Engine Cylinders Form
Aerial 4 square
Alfa-Romeo 6 in-line
Alexander 4 in-line
Ardun 8 V
Banzi-Continental 4 in-line
Barker 4 in-line
Barnes 4 in-line
BMW 4 in-line
BMW (2 motors) 4 opposed
Braden 4 V
Brownie 4 in-line
Bugatti 4 in-line
Buick 6 V
Buick 8 V
Burmeister-Miller 8 V
Capri 6 V
Carlheim 2 V
Chevy 4 V
Chevy 4 in-line
Chevy II 4 in-line
Citroen 4 in-line
Continental 4 in-line
Continental 4 opposed
Collins-Continental 4 in-line
Corvair 6 opposed
Cosworth 4 in-line
Cosworth-Vega 4 in-line
Coventry-Climax 4 in-line
Cragar Jr.-Waukesha 4 in-line
Daimler 8 V
Datsun 4 in-line
Drake 2 V
Duesenberg 4 in-line
Duray-Miller 4 in-line
Elto 4-60 &4-75 4 opposed
Evinrude 4 opposed
Farmall 4 in-line
Ford Model A 4 in-line
Ford Model A (1/2) 2 in-line
Ford Consul 4 in-line
Ford Falcon 6 in-line
Ford Ferguson 4 in-line
Ford Fronty 4 in-line
Ford Pinto 4 in-line
Ford V-8 60 8 V
Ford TRAJO 4 in-line
Fiat 4 in-line
Fiat 6 in-line
Franklin 4 opposed
Engine Cylinders Form
Grant 4 in-line
Green 3 in-line
Hal 4 in-line
Harley-Davidson 2 V
Hartman-Jeep 4 in-line
Henderson 4 in-line
Hercules 4 in-line
Holden 6 in-line
International 4 in-line
Indian 2 V
Indian 4 in-line
JAP 2 V
Jensen-Healey 4 in-line
Johnson P-500 4 opposed
Keim-Henderson 4 in-line
Lancia 4 in-line
Lea-Francis 4 in-line
LeRoy 4 in-line
Locomobile Jr. 4 in-line
Marmon (1/2) 4 in-line
McCulloch 4 opposed
McDowell 4 in-line
McMahon 8 V
Mercury (2 cycle) 6 in-line
Mercury (2 cycle) 6 V
Miller (1/2) 4 in-line
Miller 4 in-line
Mitsibushi 4 in-line
Nash (1/2) 4 in-line
Nissan 4 in-line
Norberg 4 in-line
Offy 4 in-line
Offy (1/2) 2 in-line
Opel 4 in-line
Overland 4 in-line
Plymouth 4 in-line
Pontiac (1/2) 3 in-line
Pontiac Tempest 4 slant 4
Popp 4 in-line
Porsche 4 opposed
Porsche 6 opposed
Purdy 4 in-line
Riley 4 in-line
Rodgers 2 opposed
Rhuland 4 opposed
Salter-Miller 2 in-line
Sampson 4 in-line
Saxson 4 in-line
Sesco 4 in-line
Sesco 4 opposed
Simca 4 in-line
Simca 8 V
Sowers 4 in-line
Sowers 6 in-line
Star 4 in-line
Studebaker 6 in-line
Studebaker (1/2) 4 in-line
Subaru 4 opposed
Toyota 4 in-line
Universal Marine 4 in-line
Van Blerk 4 in-line
Vega 4 in-line
Voelker 4 in-line
Volkswagen 4 in-line
Watson 4 in-line
Wills-St.Clair 4 in-line
Willys 4 in-line
Wilson 4 in-line
Wright 4-75 (2cycle) 4 opposed
Zink 4 in-line

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I can only think of 2 yhat have been missed...An Allard, which is a 4 cylinder chevy made from a v-8 by a wonderful Gentleman from down Dallas way, Mr Walter Allard...and back in the 60's around Saint Louis there was a fella who ran a Triumph 4 cyl in his Midget......


The Triumph 4 cyl engines were basically a Ferguson tractor engine.

Jake and Russ Jacobsen also ran an all Aluminum push rod Pontiac engine. It was a reject from some testing program. Russ ran Pontiac's test track operations, so that is how he got it.

Joe Giba had a Johnson V-4 outboard in his car. If he could keep it wound up tight, it was very competitive.

I know of at least one car that ran a Waukesha ice-engine for a while (not the same as the Cragar, Jr/Waukesha). That is from a railroad car air conditioning system.

And the Midwestern car that was known as "The Checkerboard had two Crosley's in it for quite a while. They sat side by side.

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There was a guy who ran midget around St. Louis that cut Chevy 350 small blocks in half and ran them.

I can't think of the guys name but he has a special frame built with a removable down tube to enable engine removal and replacement.



Are you thinking of Roy Wilson? He used to cut his engines in half with a hacksaw.


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There were a couple V-8 Kawasaki engine midgets made the A-Main at the Chili Bowl a couple years ago. Film at

Mel Kenyon had a ran similar Suzuki years ago. More with pictures at http://macgor.proboa...ead=8425&page=1
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What was that Ocelot engine tha Sundby had for a while?


KO drove it on occasion.

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MacDowells Volvos, Uara at Joliet Stadium, early 60.'s, 70's, and. Beyond, I think. And Bob and Danny Lockard used an aluminum 4 cyl., some English make. I think someone mentioned Frank Katers Buick?. Dave Whitehorse had a rear engine Falcon he ran at Joliet Stadium a while. And someone, i can not recall who now, i UARA fiddled with a turbo charged Volvo for a bit. As i recall, at Illiana, took almost the whole straightaway for the turbo to really do some good, then it went like ###### but by then he had to get out of it for the turns..Those were the days...........

john Ward


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MacDowells Volvos, Uara at Joliet Stadium, early 60.'s, 70's, and. Beyond, I think. And Bob and Danny Lockard used an aluminum 4 cyl., some English make. I think someone mentioned Frank Katers Buick?. Dave Whitehorse had a rear engine Falcon he ran at Joliet Stadium a while. And someone, i can not recall who now, Someone in UARA fiddled with a turbo charged Volvo for a bit. As i recall, at Illiana, took almost the whole straightaway for the turbo to really do some good, then it went like ###### but by then he had to get out of it for the turns..Those were the days...........

john Ward


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  1. In the North East, Wen and Ray Kelly cut a 6 cyl Nash in half  used only 3 cylinders. Bruce Buffington ran a half of a Boss 302 Ford, V4.  Mike Luggelle ran a whole 327 Chevy with only 1 head.





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