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The Wisconsin T-head Mystery. (upd. 1910 Maxwell 30 HP)


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Kit Foster can't sleep since he received these photos. He writes: "I don't recognize it at all! (editor: knowing Kit these are significant words)  It's presumably American, because it was found in Wisconsin. It's obviously a T-head engine (with integral gearbox?). The piston cutouts suggest a bore of 4 to 4-1/4 inches. Based on the bore estimate of 4 inches, I'd say the crankcase is about 12 x 28 inches, and the gearbox another 24 inches beyond that. The sender suspects the flywheel was at the front. The shape looks distinctive, so I expect that someone who's ever worked on one would recognize it. Maybe your wide readership can narrow it down further." So as he says , it is up to you all to say what we have here.

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#7 2012-05-18 03:49
I was able to take the clues from this web site and with the help of Kit, Ted, Bob and son, I now have the engine case at my home in Indana. Clive, I looked and have a three digit #, but no letter at that location. Thanks to all that helped, including this host site.
Joe
 
 
#6 2012-04-18 14:07
hi ket it is maxwell if you look on the bualg on left of gear box there should be the car number the letters proceding the number is thm model its most likley to be I OR Q regards clive smith
 
 
#5 R.Mawer 2012-04-04 15:01
That is a bit strict,Joris? What if the engine owner missed Mr. Goss,s advert-is there no other way Prewarcar.com could put these two enthusiasts(or others in a similar situation) into contact?Otherwise,a project to rebuild an original car,rather than a special,might never happen!

editor: possibly a bit strict, but if we are not strict there is no end to that. When somebody will post the wanted advert he can refer to that advert through the comment box. We do not object against that at all. So there is no reason why anybody would miss the connection.
 
 
#4 2012-04-02 08:07
Are the threads metric?

Manuel in Oz
 
 
#3 2012-04-02 01:39
How about Maxwell 30hp.
Here is a link to an engine photo.
http://s607.photobucket.com/albums/tt153/RickSampson/?action=view¤t=20090618_4.jpg&mediafilter=images
 
 
#2 2012-04-02 01:37
T head 30 HP Maxwell circa 1910
 
 
#1 2012-04-02 01:35
Looks like a 30HP Maxwell to me and if indeed that is the case, I have a chassis to go with it. It would have 4 single T head jugs with the cams having pinned on lobes to the shaft. The cam gears to the rear mating with the crank gear. Behind that a multiple disc clutch then the three speed progressive transmission. The hole behind the right cam gear is for the mounting of the oil distributer. I'd be a buyer at the right price, or could be the seller of the chassis.

Dear Joe, the commenting space is not a marketplace. You are welcome to post a wanted advert (for the engine) or a for sale advert (for your chassis). Daily 7000 dedicated enthusiasts visit these pages.
 

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