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#1 wilberj OFFLINE  

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Posted October 11, 2011 - 08:09 PM

So the old man stopped by the junkyard by us today and he picked this up for me.

It’s a Wisconsin AKN the same engine that came on the Ridemaster.
What’s the big deal about this one its my first akn that I have with a extended flywheel that did not come on a Ridemaster. You only find the akn’s with this flywheel on walk behinds or on the Ridemaster. It also came with the hard to find bell type muffler that came stock on the Ridemaster. So I now have 4 akn’s with two having the extended flywheel and 3 bell type mufflers, I only need one more extended flywheel and all 3 of my Ridemasters will be 100% like they came from the factory. :bounce:

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Posted October 12, 2011 - 04:47 AM

Lucky you,congrats Jerome.

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Posted October 12, 2011 - 05:04 AM

What a find!
Congrats:bounce:

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Posted October 12, 2011 - 06:30 AM

Hi, Jerome!

What do you mean by extended flywheel ? .....I am not familiar with that description, and I did not know there was more than one type of flywheel for that engine. ....Can you elaborate or show comparison pics, please?

Congrats on your latest acquisition!

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Posted October 12, 2011 - 08:20 AM

That is a very lucky find Jerome. .....
If you don't mind, I'll answer the question about the flywheel for you.


Hi, Jerome!
What do you mean by extended flywheel ? .....I am not familiar with that description, and I did not know there was more than one type of flywheel for that engine. ....Can you elaborate or show comparison pics, please?

The flywheel shroud on the standard Wisconsin engine wraps around and completely incloses the back of the flywheel.
They look like this.

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On the engines used on the Ridemasters, the back of the flywheel shroud was cut out and the flywheel was made so it stuck out past the shroud.

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The engines were made this way because you could get a kit to put a light on these tractors that had a small generator that would ride on the flywheel .

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The headlight kits were made by Bendix Aviation Corporation in the 40's and 50's.
They were first made for putting on walk behind tractors and you would have to cut a hole in the flywheel shroud so the generator could ride on the flywheel.
When Bolens came out with the Ridemaster, they made the engines so you could put a light kit on them without cutting the shroud,

This is what the lighting kit looked like when mounted on a Ridemasters .

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Posted October 12, 2011 - 09:08 AM

Congratulations on your nice addition Jerome. And thank you jdcrawler for your informative post and great pics.

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Posted October 12, 2011 - 04:21 PM

If you don't mind, I'll answer the question about the flywheel for you.

The flywheel shroud on the standard Wisconsin engine wraps around and completely incloses the back of the flywheel.
They look like this.


Thank you very much for the explanation & pics, Ray !!!! :worshippy1:

I learned something new today :smile1:, but ...
...I wonder how many old things I forgot today. :wallbanging:

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Posted October 12, 2011 - 05:17 PM

That is a very lucky find Jerome. .....
If you don't mind, I'll answer the question about the flywheel for you.


Thanks Ray, I like the way you answered the question.

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Posted October 12, 2011 - 06:22 PM

Great Find. 3 down one to go... :thumbs:

What's the diameter on those, in case anyone stumbles on one?

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Posted October 12, 2011 - 07:01 PM

Dang Wilber, NICE score !!

JD, that is some very interesting info. I had no idea that they did anything like that.

I do remember bicycles having lights powered in a similar fashion, but driven off of the rear tire.




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