Any one mess around with Hit & Miss Engines?

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Any one mess around with Hit & Miss Engines?

Postby 1541 » Tue Feb 15, 2011 8:27 pm

I have always enjoyed listening to them run. When I was growing up the pump jack on the well down the road was run with one and I can remember going to sleep listening to it at night. I may have an opportunity to pick up a 1 1/2 hp John Deere on a cart this spring. I appears to be in decent shape. Although, I have never heard it run. The previous owner said it was somewhat temperamental and hard to start at times. The gentleman that owns it now tells me he is getting ready to sell it if I want it. However, I can never get a price out of him and I have no idea what to offer for it. Any ideas on what a fair offer might be. I have no idea on what I would do with it if I bought it. Just fire it up and listen to it run I suppose.

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Re: Any one mess around with Hit & Miss Engines?

Postby ricky racer » Tue Feb 15, 2011 8:41 pm

I've got a 1929 John Deere Model E 1 1/2 HP on a cart. I wasn't looking for one and found it at a garage sale. It wasn't for sale but after talking to the owner, he sold it to me for $500. The only reason I bought it was a guy at work who's into them said it was worth about $900. I've only started it a couple of times. I don't have much interest in it but figure it will only appreciate in value so I don't have any interest in selling it.
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Re: Any one mess around with Hit & Miss Engines?

Postby Bigdog » Tue Feb 15, 2011 8:57 pm

Doug Jeff Silvey may be able to help you with a value.
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Re: Any one mess around with Hit & Miss Engines?

Postby DanR » Wed Feb 16, 2011 7:29 am

I have several and have bought and sold many others. The John Deere is probably the most popular one. Why? because the name John Deere is well known and the hundreds of other engines have ' never heard of names'. It's a good engine but it's green. The JD's command a high price only because of the popularity. Never figured that one out. $500 would be a good price if it has no major problems but you would still have a common little green engine. IH made hit & miss engines also.
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Re: Any one mess around with Hit & Miss Engines?

Postby danovercash » Wed Feb 16, 2011 12:44 pm

Have a friend with an Ottawa engine on a cart. He is thinking about selling it, but has no idea of value. Any Ideas? It's a running engine, just needs a cosmetic makeover.
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Re: Any one mess around with Hit & Miss Engines?

Postby Jeff Silvey » Thu Feb 24, 2011 6:59 pm

Doug sorry I didnt see this post till now. Look things over like to see if the head on the sides has ever been welded. Put water in the hopper to see if it runs out anywhere. 500.00 is a good price JD's have went out of site.
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Re: Any one mess around with Hit & Miss Engines?

Postby HitNmiss1923 » Thu Feb 24, 2011 7:30 pm

Hi Doug, Those old timers do sound great don't they.
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Re: Any one mess around with Hit & Miss Engines?

Postby 1541 » Tue Mar 01, 2011 11:12 am

HitNmiss1923 wrote:Hi Doug, Those old timers do sound great don't they.


You bet, I always enjoy hearing them run. Thanks to everyone else for all of the good information. Once the weather clears up and I get a couple of projects out of the way, I will chat with my friend and see what happens (after I talk to banker Bonnie of course).

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Re: Any one mess around with Hit & Miss Engines?

Postby Barnyard » Tue Mar 01, 2011 12:52 pm

You may have to wait until Banker Bonny gets her Lo-boy! :lol:
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Re: Any one mess around with Hit & Miss Engines?

Postby Rick Prentice » Thu Mar 03, 2011 7:55 am

I just had one of my stationary's running yesterday(while I was working :shock: ). I now have
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four 1-1/2 hp Fairbanks ZD's

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Yep, that's what you do :lol:

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Re: Any one mess around with Hit & Miss Engines?

Postby muleboss » Thu Mar 03, 2011 6:53 pm

Yea Rick they are nice. I have a 3h Cushman Cub, 11/2 h Fairbanks Dishpan.and several Maytags.
Not hit and miss but I do have some old Briggs, Clintons, Iron Horses and others. They are fun.
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Re: Any one mess around with Hit & Miss Engines?

Postby Jeff Silvey » Fri Mar 04, 2011 7:53 am

I have
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