I have been watching this Clinton engine auction on eBay. It is an early 700A with a kick start. Now, granted, I know kick start engine bring money, but this seems unreal.
$700 for a 700?
Yes, there something special about this engine beyond that it obviously did power a go kart (see the clutch on the tail end). It looks to have the Scintilla lighting coil on the mag plate (see the two wires off the side) and that means it was intended to go to work for a go kart or vehicular application.
However, It has the incorrect air cleaner (off a Tecumseh) and the owner will have to move heaven and earth to find the proper dry element. It has the wrong dipstick.
So $700? Is this an engine for some rare machine that everyone is drooling to own? What kind of money is that?
On another note, I see a 2-13-47 stamped in the block. That would apply to the era when Clinton was making the first 700A, and it looks coherently like a date stamp. I swear I've never seen that on my early engines. Did they date stamp just a few?
Ben,That is the block part number that refers to the year it was casted. Number 49 of that series, more then likely in 1950.
My B-1102 has the same grouping of numbers ending in 49 also, close attention is to be payed to how the numbers are casted on the block.
My 700A predates the one on fleabay as being one of the first because it ends in a single number 6, he is asking stupid high money for a engine missing parts and i doubt it came with the flat dry air cleaner like mines has seeing as it is a bit later and for a mini bike or reel mowers which also used those foot starters.