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Posted by dmrcflyr2 | Oct 22, 2016 @ 11:51 AM | 9,575 Views
Man I have been getting really lucky of late. Early Monday morning I just arrived at work and while drinking my coffee I took a quick look at eBay. I stumbled upon something that nearly had me spitting coffee all over the place! A Saito FA-40S engine. This was not on auction, it was listed as a Buy It Now and only had 3 hours left. The list price was $75 and I offered something a bit less hoping I had time to get a response before someone came along and paid full price.

Well lucky me my offer was accepted and payment made. Now the ad stated and I quote," This is a Saito .40 SPECIAL engine that runs fine. It is an older engine and a very sought after runner.". To me this statement implies that the engine turns over and has compression.

Well to my surprise the engine arrived on Thursday and it looked just as it did in the ad. Wait a second.... it is locked up! The crankshaft does not turn over at all! Oh crap, I think. What have I done now? I did not ask ANY questions about this engine due to the rare nature of it and the time frame left on the listing, so I took a chance. Anyone that buys from eBay knows that there is considerable risk involved with many purchases. I chose to take this risk and it looks like it might have bitten me, or did it? Granted if the piston ring is broken I am screwed, but if it is just locked up due to sitting for a long while, it could just need heat, oil and new bearings.

Well I sent an email to the seller...Continue Reading
Posted by dmrcflyr2 | Oct 16, 2016 @ 05:04 AM | 9,002 Views
I picked up this very nice early 1990's vintage 2 stroke engine right here on RCG. It was priced extremely favorably so I figured that I could not go wrong. I favor engines from the 80's-90's primarily anyway so the age of this engine was right up my alley.

The pictures on the ad made it look quite new and nearly unused. I waited eagerly for it to arrive and when it did I was not let down. This thing really looked like it had been run one time and then put back into its box and forgotten.

It looked so good that I did not do my customary Look Inside for all used engines. Instead I decided a Box to the Bench was in order. As with those things don't always work out as expected. Take a look at the video to see more on how this turns out.

ASP 91 ABC A Box to the Bench Review (14 min 25 sec)

Posted by dmrcflyr2 | Oct 12, 2016 @ 05:54 AM | 7,608 Views
Here is the first run of this engine. I have since run it a few more times and the break in is going nicely.

HP 20 Gold Cup The First Run (7 min 55 sec)

Posted by dmrcflyr2 | Oct 10, 2016 @ 12:35 PM | 6,215 Views
These are the two largest 2 stroke engines I currently have. One is a Thunder Tiger 120 and the other a recent acquisition an ASP 91 ABC. The former has yet another video posted below. The story of the ASP 91 will be revealed in a post in the coming weeks.

Thunder Tiger Pro 120 A Real Badass! (5 min 43 sec)

Posted by dmrcflyr2 | Oct 08, 2016 @ 05:31 AM | 5,980 Views
I have a particular affinity for engines manufactured in the 80's-90's. So following in that, today I present the HP 20 Gold Cup engine. The date that this engine hit the market is a bit hard to determine. The other Gold Cup reviews of the 40 and 61 sized engine were from the late 70's; and the was no mention of a 20 size in those articles. I am left to assume that this was released in the early 80's.

When I saw this engine on eBay I was immediately intrigued with it. I had owned a 40 Gold Cup some years ago and it was a fine engine. I have never had the 20 unit.

The images in the ad looked good and the engine looked to be a low time specimen. The seller was unsure if it was new and never run and for the asking price, I couldn't resist. I did manage to get it for less than the asking price too.

It came as complete as I could have asked for. Box, manual, warranty certificate, hex wrench, and muffler. After a quick look inside, see video, I determined that this was indeed a NIB engine. What a score for under $50!

HP 20 Gold Cup A Look Inside (6 min 57 sec)