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Old 12-11-2012, 01:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Power Products AH58

I recently picked up a Power Products AH58. I had been looking for one for awhile, and had even put a wanted ad in the local Craigslist. (Later, I realized how rare these engines are and that it was a longshot but that ad turned into some pretty cool connections) I was able to get the engine from a friend and local OMB'er, Karterman. It needed a lot of work and this is the first two stroke I've ever owned. Fortunately, my uncle Louie knows a bit about them and was able to help me out a lot! In other words, I got to watch a master at work. I wasn't just a bystander though. I took care of the cleaning and painting. BAB hooked me up with the cool header which I polished up. The rest was Uncle Louie. Here are some before and after pics and video of the engine as it is now... decals, air filter, and engine mount are in progress. Huge thanks to Uncle Louie, Karterman, and BAB for their help with this.






The chainsaw models come with an extra detail in the shroud which was not included in the kart/minibike models. I found a guy that would weld the magnesium shroud so I could make it disappear. Magnesium welding tends to leave some pitting but I was able to fill these before paint.







After Louie disassembled the engine, I worked on cleaning it up. Here are some temporary plates I made to cover the openings so I could bead blast the outside without affecting the inside.





I sent out the hardware for zinc plate... some of it twice, since I didn't clean it well enough the first time.



Louie gives it a hone.



Crank installed...



Replaced the Power products rod with a stronger West Bend rod.



Needle bearings installed.





Ready for pressure check...



Here is my first experience with a paint sprayer. Thanks to Evil Ed for the great tips!

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Here is a comparison photo of an original Tec muffler with the original white Tec paint. The color I sprayed is a Honda color (I searched the threads for the paint code). It's a good match.







Here is a pic of the header that BAB hooked me up with.





Halfway through polishing...



After polishing... with a little bit of copper added for the fun of it.



Assembly...



New Tillotson carb...





Ready for a test! I was dying to hear it run!

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Hey Scott.....I'm guessing that's going to go in your DartCycle...which will be very cool!!! That engine looks VERY familiar, I think I sent that to Karterman a couple years ago. Anyway, I didn't know that Louie was your Uncle....what a small world. We met him at Medford this year, he and my Daughter Heidi spent a little time on the track together....He's an excellent driver and very willing to teach !!

Just saw your second post...That's looking great !!

BTW- That header is from a Clinton Chainsaw. AH-58 and Clinton E-65(and many chainsaws) have the same size exhaust ports and bolt spacing.
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First video... Hearing it run with a Reed muffler installed.



Second Video... Hearing it run with the header.



A huge thank you to Uncle Louie... for truly going out of your way to help me out. I look forward to our next project together.

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Hey Scott.....I'm guessing that's going to go in your DartCycle...which will be very cool!!! That engine looks VERY familiar, I think I sent that to Karterman a couple years ago. Anyway, I didn't know that Louie was your Uncle....what a small world. We met him at Medford this year, he and my Daughter Heidi spent a little time on the track together....He's an excellent driver and very willing to teach !!

Just saw your second post...That's looking great !!

BTW- That header is from a Clinton Chainsaw. AH-58 and Clinton E-65(and many chainsaws) have the same size exhaust ports and bolt spacing.
Thanks Mark. I wondered what that header was from.

After Medford when you posted vids of Heidi on the track, he and I put it together that it was your daughter that he drove with. Pretty cool. Small world indeed!
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Thanks, DW!
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Looks and sounds killer Scott. Great work.
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Wow, you always do top notch work Scott. Even if Uncle helped,stellar!!
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