Tom Fey
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1945 Kiekhaefer 0-45-1 runs

Started Sep 15, 2015 0 Replies

I just completed my 1945 Kiekhaefer 0-45-1 engine (747 cc, 20-22 hp, 35 lbs) restoration to ground running status only. It was used in the Radioplane TDD-3/OQ-14 aerial gunnery target (137.5 inch…Continue

Tags: TDD-3, OQ-14, 0-45-1, Kiekhaefer, drone

1943 Righter 2-GS-17 gunnery drone engine runs

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tom Fey Aug 25, 2013. 2 Replies

After a year of restoration, Righter 2-GS-17, #42-2250 runs. Six hp @ 3800 rpm, 277 cc, 2 cylinder, 2 stroke, 26 in. diameter contra-props, approx. 25 lbs weight, retrofitted motorcycle dual coil on…Continue

Tags: engine, Righter


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drug research pharmacologist, electric r/c aircraft prototyper, student of WWII aircraft technology, member aircraft engine historical society
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Arlington Hts., Il. USA, suburb of Chicago

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At 11:16am on August 22, 2013, Luca Mariotti said…

Hi Tom,

nice work but you need to follow exactly the starting procuderes as illustrated by the manual, I also see a fuel leakage from the carburettor (I believe), with such engines is better to avoid it and ALWAYS have a fire extinguisher on hand! Anyway is a very good works. Recently we have restored a 0-15-03 and we have tested it.




At 1:23pm on September 14, 2015, Carl Swanson said…

Hi Tom,

I am helping my brother-in-law get his Righter 2-GS-17 running.  It started, but backfired quite badly.  We tried adjusting the timing, but still couldn't get it to smooth out at all.  I am now thinking the points were set way too wide.  What did you gap yours at?  I think we also need to replace the condenser, as I am seeing a bit of spark at the points when they open.  Any advice would be appreciated.  Thanks, Carl

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