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Briggs did not use a decompressor for these engines, hence pull start was not an option. Even the starter has a higher torque than the 23hp.The 61E377-0027 generator engine did not have a decompression device on the stock camshaft. I did replace the cam with a Dynocams 275 - same lift but more duration and this cam does not have a decompressor either. Thanks for the advice to start on cylinder 2 - that makes sense.
16” radius is about the preferred spot to grasp on my 48” prop. Get more spin with closer in. You might have a lack of inertia with no flywheel. I have a flywheel on my GX670. It helps get past the long gap in the firing orderDo you think it can be hand propped with a club that is less than 31" long (15.5" radius)? I have serious doubts.
HA! I make these conversions. So far, just for single-surface Quicksilvers. Climb performance of the modified Model 38 Vanguard with the 52 inch three blade Ultraprop is between a Rotax 377 and 447. Going public this Fall. This one was the test plane. She's been putt putt putting in the sky for three years now. Less than two gallons per hour @43 MPH. She's not a rocket, but she flies wonderfully and worry free.Here is an interesting Briggs & Stratton small block conversion I saw FLYING this last Saturday. The guy's name is Dimiter or Dimeter (not Dimitri), the aircraft is a light 2-axis Quicksilver based at Black Butte ultralight strip about 20 miles east of Palmdale CA. It gets off the ground and climbs out, but it is not over-powered. The local pilots who have experience with the Quicksilver line tell me it's halfway between marginal and adequate, but I watched it take off and it seemed somewhat OK. It has been extremely reliable. The high drag slow speed Quicksilver may not be the right airframe to match the little Briggs, but after seeing it fly I would not hesitate to use this style engine on a smaller and faster airplane like the Luciole or SD-1, as has already been proven out pretty well.
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I think the stock ignition WILL fire at hand-rop speed. The 23hp is the largest V twin Briggs sells with a rope pull starter and (I know this from experience) pull starting it is like ka-thunk-ka-thunk-ka-thunk - no faster than one could hand prop it - and it fires up. The magnets on the big block are farther out and thus will pass by the coils at a slightly higher speed, so my bet is that your 990cc monster will light up with the correct diameter club with the stock ignition. An aftermarket ignition with a Hall sensor should make prop starting a sure bet. Tipi is correct. You need to move the crankshaft just past the first compression to get enough inertia to pull it sharply through the second. We use that technique to start our higher performance small blocks using the smaller, lightweight stock starter motors.My concern is that there simply will not be enough leverage to turn the prop fast enough.
I'm running 2 separate GM HEI's for each cylinder. For each cylinder:
One HEI at zero degrees (top dead center) and one HEI set at 28 degrees BTDC. Start on the 0 degree HEI then switch to the 28 degree HEI after the engine is running. Some sources say that the HEI will fire at 100 RPM and others say 200 RPM.
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