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Old 11-20-2010, 05:30 AM
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Hi
I guess this has to considered as a really long long shot!
I have just acquired an affordable Taifun 2.5 cc Blizzard Diesel, it's the pretty one that is similar to the Cox Olympic, or at least shares a rear reed valve.
Mine has a broken crankshaft, but is in otherwise restorable condition.
Anyone out there with any Blizzard bits for sale?
Many thanks
John in Sydney Australia
Old 11-20-2010, 11:31 AM
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You might try Ronald Valentine [[email protected]] - he has some Taifun parts, although not necessarily crankshafts. I got a Blizzard head, spinner and carburettor body from him recently to get mine back into New condition. Otherwise, best to either make a shaft or get one made - finding a factory spare that someone's willing to sell would be a REALLY long shot!!  Those engines are pretty uncommon and are in great demand, hence the rather silly prices that they command these days.  A NIB one went recently for US$680!!  Ridiculous!! The classic Taifuns are really fine engines, but not that fine!

Cheers,

Adrian

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Raglafart  dont be lazy,make one it cant be that hard!
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It isn't!!

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Raglafart, you live in Australia, try this e-mail: [email protected] and ask Ron Chernich if you want to get a new crankshaft.. he is model engine builder.
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To keep expectations reasonable, I wouldn't push Ron to make you a new shaft - his time is limited and he's not into commercial engine repairs (or wasn't when I last spoke to him!).  However, that site has a wealth of great information on how to make your own crankshaft.  So get in touch with Ron as suggested, and he'll point you in the right direction - making cranks isn't all that hard if you have access to a lathe plus some good steel.  By all means give it a go!!  

Cheers,

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Default RE: Looking for a Taifun Blizzard 2.5 Diesel crankshaft

Hi Guys
I was thinking about giving Ronald a try, I'll do that.
If it comes to it, I'll make one. But thought it would be nice to have a genuine one! getting a little lazy these days[sm=49_49.gif]

I've straightened up the fins, I'll clean the dings off next, then re anodize all the bits and make a new spinner.

This is the one I acquired, even with the broken shaft which was made clear in the advert, I was very pleased with it.
I'll post some pics once it's finished.

Cheers John
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There is several on Ron Valentine's site:
http://www.ronald-valentine-engines....lizzard_I.html
In the late 50's I had a Polish engine(Jaskolska 2.5cc) which was a copie of it but had lot of problem with the reed not sealing well and not being able to find parts easily at the time. Bought the engine in Switzerland in a local hobby shop during a holiday, but back then dealing was almost impossible with the east block[>:]
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Default RE: Looking for a Taifun Blizzard 2.5 Diesel crankshaft

ORIGINAL: raglafart
Anyone out there with any Blizzard bits for sale?
Many thanks
John in Sydney Australia
I flew a Top Flite Peacemaker controlliner back in the sixties with a Blizzard. I must say that despite its very pretty appearance it never was on my list of favorite engines. Even though it did have good power, I never could get it to run without excessive vibration. Finally installed a Supertigre G20/15D in the Peacemaker, now this one is at the very top of my list. I have other Taifun engines which are fine runners, such as the lovely Hurrikan shown here, a Rasant and a few Tornado. The Blizzard is still around, it is sound but not cosmetically perfect. Sorry, I do not have a picture at hand.
I could consider a swap. PM me if interested.
PS: I'm looking for a crankshaft for a Webra Winner II myself, the one which looks exactly like the 1.5 cc Rekord shown

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