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Posted January 12, 2016 - 11:18 PM

Another hobby of mine besides GTs is old engines, mostly Briggs and Stratton and Wisconsin, the only oddball is a two cylinder Le Roi engine I picked up last summer and haven't messed with.  This picture is of a similar one(no pictures of mine as it's under a tarp and I don't feel like chasing the tarp into the next county if I uncover it), would like any info I can get on these.

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Posted January 13, 2016 - 06:12 AM

Never heard of that brand , do you have any info about it ?  



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Posted January 13, 2016 - 08:00 AM

LeRoi made air compressors.
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Posted January 13, 2016 - 10:51 AM

Interesting. Looks like 1/2 a Model T engine. 



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Posted January 13, 2016 - 11:57 AM

LeRoi made a lot of engines for different uses. they were based in Milwaukee WI.  Several trucks and tractors used them. The Centaur tractor used LeRoi engines starting in 1926 and later became a division of LeRoi in the 40s. I believe the compressors came later. They built a tractor called the Tractair that was a 4 cyl engine and 2 cyl compressor all in the same block. Those were built at the Centaur plant in Greenwich OH. That part of the company was sold off to Westinghouse Air Brake Co in the mid 50s. The engine side was sold off to Waukeshaw (sp?) compresors are still being built under the LeRoi name in Sidney OH. LeRoi stood for "the king" in French.


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Posted January 13, 2016 - 01:14 PM

LeRoi made a lot of engines for different uses. they were based in Milwaukee WI.  Several trucks and tractors used them. The Centaur tractor used LeRoi engines starting in 1926 and later became a division of LeRoi in the 40s. I believe the compressors came later. They built a tractor called the Tractair that was a 4 cyl engine and 2 cyl compressor all in the same block. Those were built at the Centaur plant in Greenwich OH. That part of the company was sold off to Westinghouse Air Brake Co in the mid 50s. The engine side was sold off to Waukeshaw (sp?) compresors are still being built under the LeRoi name in Sidney OH. LeRoi stood for "the king" in French.

I've seen the engines around, but haven't managed to get one until now, I also knew about the compressors and had heard brief mention of the tractor, has anyone ever seen a Tractair in person?



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Posted January 27, 2016 - 11:45 PM

I've since looked at the tag on mine, I can make out the serial number but can't tell what model it is, if I post pictures can anyone here help with a positive ID?



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Posted February 01, 2016 - 03:33 PM

 has anyone ever seen a Tractair in person?

 

I have a rough one out back in the weeds.

 

 

 

 

I've since looked at the tag on mine, I can make out the serial number but can't tell what model it is, if I post pictures can anyone here help with a positive ID?

I'm thinking a model M or one of it's variants. Some of Leroi's models make no sense and I've always thought their parts inventory had to be a nightmare.


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Posted April 06, 2016 - 03:44 PM

Finally managed to get a couple pics, need to find a way to hold the crank better.(see second pic) 

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Posted April 07, 2016 - 08:20 PM

What does your crank look like? Can't see much there in the picture.



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Posted April 08, 2016 - 10:14 AM

What does your crank look like? Can't see much there in the picture.

Just the standard crank, like this one,

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end of crankshaft is made to fit, was turning it over with a Farmall C crank but it's too long and I don't want to cut it as they aren't easy to find anymore.



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Posted April 08, 2016 - 11:37 AM

Hi just a quistion but do you think you can make a genorater out of a 76 chevy 350

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Posted April 08, 2016 - 07:24 PM

Hi just a quistion but do you think you can make a genorater out of a 76 chevy 350

Uh, if you can find a way to attach it then yes, try to stay away from generators myself.


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