Engine - What is old is new again! For years ultralight pilots and manufacturers
have been looking for a light, reliable, economical four stroke
engine, in the 25 to 35 horsepower range. Well it seems that the U.S. government
has had one sitting on their military surplus shelves for years!
A company called Vogel's Electro Source from Milford NH,
was at Airventure with a little 4 cylinder 4 stroke engine, with a dry weight of
63 lbs. The 32 cubic inch displacement engines are military standard model
#4A032-4. They come complete with electronic radio frequency suppressed,
waterproof ignition, with shielded spark plugs, and put out about 20 horsepower
with the standard carburetor.
But according to David Vogel
with a little reworking of the heads, and a larger carburetor the engine can
reach over 30 hp. When fire up on the test stand, (two blocks of wood bolted to
the bottom of the engine,) the engine fired up and ran like a top. In fact even
with NO rubber mounts at all and revving up to nearly 5,000 rpm the engine
Parts are still readily available for the engine,
according to David " a new head complete sells for $75.00 and you can rebuild
the complete bottom end, rings, pistons, and connecting rods for $120.00."
David was offering a show special on the engine, with a
prop hub, prop and engine accessories for for $1295.00 U.S.
For more information contact:
Vogel Electro Source
121 Mount Vernon Street
Milford NH 03055