I got this from a buddy a few years ago as he was getting ready to move away (boo/hiss) as he could not take all his stuff with him...
From what I can find out it is late 50s/some time in 60s, it is a Homelite Diaphragm pump.
2 cycle engine (didn't homelite build their own at one time?)
It has been sitting here a few years untouched, but when I got it I pulled it over and it had a bright blue hot spark. I pulled the carb and (I think I did anyway) bought a kit to rebuild it, knowing it had sat a while even before I'd gotten it. the guy I got it from, had gotten it from his old job when they closed their doors, he was in maintenance, and could only ever remember this thing being used very few times in his 20-som years of working there. The paint and decals are still nice, they had it around for "just in case".
Anyway a couple questions; IF I get it running, would it hurt to run the engine without it trying to pump water? I'd like to have it running for the same reason the old company had it... living in an area w/a "high water table" my sump pumps have been known to die, and I have had to pump out the crawlspace by other means to be able to get to the sump pumps (I run 2 of them) it would be nice to have, especially since my neighbor talked me out of the newer pacer pump that I used to have/ but I need to test run it to be sure it would work when that time comes
According to a decal on the engine it calls for a 16:1 gas/oil mix. Really? Even the oldest outboards I have had only ever called for 24:1 and they even said that with newer oils that they could be run at 50:1. though I never did so. (I usually only play with Evinrude/Johnson outboards) how bout Opti Mix?
would this pump be self priming?
How "powerful" were these? How well did they "move" the water? Be OK drawing from about 4 ft deep? (I am on a crawlspace, I would run that Pacer pump I had, from right next to the foundation at a crawlspace vent window) No, I have never had that much water under the house, but the cawlspace is about that deep
It has a Tillotson HS 45 carb. any pitfalls to boiling one out and kitting? (I ask on account of having dealt with too many tecumsehs over the years to even try and remember them all)