We start the 4th part of the Crosley engine family tree, with
the sale of the assets of the company including the rights to the
engine to General Tire in July 1952.
Post Crosley Production - 1952 to 1961
Not sure how long AeroJet produced engines. Any Info would be
AeroJet - General Tire
When Crosley sold to General Tire in 1952, they sold the
rights and tooling for the 4-cylinder engine, who were primarily
interested in producing engines for government use. The engine was
renamed AeroJet and was cast in the block where the Crosley name had
formally been. Their marine division produced the "VIP" version of the
engine (Vertical Inline Power.) The entire assembly rotated to achieve
Military Engines shown up with manufacturing dates of 1953 and Crosley
still on the block. Crosley Corporation existed for awhile after the
sale to General Tire, they just owned controlling interest, common
stock was still held by investors. So filling orders with existing
stock of blocks makes sense.
The best I can tell the AeroJet stop production in 1955 and was sold to
See the whole side by clicking on the picture. You will see
the addition of freeze plugs to the left of the water plug.
Similar rear casting to late Crosley with an extra nub sticking out and
| Dragon Inline 8
The Dragon 8 was built in limited numbers by John Peek, who build one
for Sammy Crooks' L-Class Hydroplane "Dragon" (the source of the
"Dragon" motor name?) as well as another 8 to 10 engines. The engine
was made by bolting two Crosley engines tail to tail around one
flywheel. The back engine runs in reverse direction. Burt
Davidson after working on the Peek engine for Sammy built another 6 to
8 engines for L Class Hydroplanes in the mid to late 50s. At
least one is still in existence and running in the hands of Burt's
I received info that Burt passed
away towards the end of 2005. The engine is now in the hands of
his great grandson and still runs.
of Burt running the Dragon 8 in 2004. A photo
of Burt starting up the
Dragon. A picture
of Burt in his younger years working on the Dragon.
Rotary Valve Crosley
Another very limited addition
(possibly only one) Rotary
engine was spotted at Speedy Bill (Speedy) Smith
Museum of Speed in Lincoln, NE. They don't know much about it, does
Not sure where this branch goes or
if it is a branch or just an application. ThermoKing used the engine
for refrigeration trailers running them on propane with special
carburetors. These engines were supplied by Crosley starting in the
CoBra days, not sure if AeroJet supplied engines also. A report
of gasoline versions also being used in France in the mid 50s. No
information found yet on if Crosley built the unit ready to drop in or
just the engine.
This one has a gas carb but it may
have been changed. It appears to be a mid CIBA production style block.
A block reportedly off a ThermoKing had the standard R20990 casting
number. I have only see one serial number and it was different that
Crosley production numbers.
May move this to the CIBA years next go around of updates.
How unique was the design? How long
were they used? Help?
I have little information on the Siata, Nardi, and
others if anyone can help with what engine they used.
Bandini - Mid 1950s
Bandini had single and dual overhead cams
versions. The Bandini used both a modified single overhead cam
almost stock looking Crosley and the highly modified dual overhead cam
version where Bandini built the block and head assembly. Some reports
are that the true Bandini Single Overhead cam engines also had a
removable head like the dual engines and were 4 port intake.
Ilario Bandini with Dual Overhead Cam Bandini/Crosley engine
Jack Reuter's twin cam
Bandini. Weber carbs and Marrelli distributors.
1955 Bandini Siluro 750cc DOHC Rated 71hp
Barry Seel had a DOHC he rebuilt on a Dyno and said it hit
106hp at 9500RPM. One report of 60hp at 7000rpm for a Bandini built
SOHC engines. Bandini website has
been planned for awhile now.
Bendix Connection - 1955 - 1957
I bought these Bendix Aviation photos off eBay. What
Bendix was trying to do with them remains a mystery. They have Bendix
Aviation Corp, Scintilla Division in Sidney NY on the back. Two views
of two different engines. One is marked Two Cycle Engine on the
back. Here is the information I have gathered from several experts.
The 1955 engine has a 4 cycle Hilborn type fuel
injection. Fuel lines go into water jacket to preheat the fuel to
keep it from icing up. Most airplanes have fuel preheaters. Photos had
the code 17108 on the back.
The 1957 engine appear to be a piston port 2 cycle fuel
injected. They cut off the top of the head and changed the valving to
all exhaust valves, might be a completely new block casting. Piston
ported engines do not need intake valves. The distributor is
feeding a T to the plugs so they get the double ignition (2 cycle needs
to fires twice as often as 4 cycle) with the same rotational speed of
the distributor. Photos had the code 19898 on the back.
1957 - 2 cycle
contacted the museum that has the Bendix Archive and they don't have
any information. Bendix-Scintilla did make automotive ignition
switches, magnetos, booster magnetos, and fuel injection equipment for
diesel engines. Any ideas?
Fageol - flat 8, not clear how many were made, parts show up
from time to time. It was reported that this was the experimental
model. Anyone have a Flat 8? How about pictures of the production model?
Fageol 88 Vertical opposed 8. 80hp out of 88cu. in. Weight
295lb. January 1958 Ad. I have a report of one of these
engines existing in Trenton, NJ in 1957.
Here is how the 8 worked off a 4 cylinder crank.
This flat 8 showed up in
California and is believed to be a real Fageol/Crofton engine.
Fageol of Twin Coach bus and automobile company of Kent, Ohio
picked up the motor from General Tire in the mid-1950's, probably 1955
and built it as the Fageol 44 boat motor. The first motors shipped as
Fageol were just left over AeroJet engines with a Fageol decal and
possibly a Fageol intake manifold. This early 4-stroke outboard did not
achieve enduring success or wide distribution. The Fageol 44 was sold
in 3 performance forms, single carb, dual and supercharged (see curves
to right). Mirror image blocks were cast to be used in the
opposing, pancake design, to put the intake and exhaust ports on top of
All under covers the Fageol 44 outboard hides its
Standard 9:1 Compression 44 CI block, rated at 35HP with normal
carburetion. 306 cast # has tubulator top combustion chamber.
High Compression Option
Late 44 CI block with 11:1
compression. Reported to deliver 40HP with normal carburetion.
Hi compression Fageol 308 cast # has flat top combustion chamber and
uses wedge topped pistons that takes the place of the turbulator
High Compression 11:1 Fageol
Mirrored Block Fageol/Crofton
Mirrored block for normal
Fageol with Fageol Lettering, block casting number to the right.
Possibly one bank of the Fageol 88 opposed 8.
Another Mirrored Fageol
block with out lettering but the same casting number as the one to the
left. This was possibly the one used in the Crofton variant.
Fageol 44 VIP in a restored Yellow Jacket
Boat owned by Jim Seitz
Crofton/Fageol Vertical Outboard with Pepco Supercharger. Engine sits
Click on the picture for the full engine view.
The Elgin was built by Fageol for use in Sears
boats. This was another vertical design for boat use with the flywheel
down. It drove a drive unit through the bottom of the boat like the
Fageol. The whole engine rotated to steer the boat. Any other info?
Another casting number change. Click on the picture for the
full engine view.
W.B. Crofton bought out Fageol's Crosley engine business and
inventory around 1959 including the Fageol Marine name. They sold to
the military, made boat motors and used the engine in their Crofton mini jeep, an updated
version of the Crosley FarmOroad.
Crofton used both regular and mirrored blocks in their engine
production. The Mirror engines were put together from the left over
blocks from the flat 8 production run
53CI Crofton/Fageol Block
| Probably late in Fageol ownership or early
in Crofton's ownership a 53 CI version was offered and you could have
your old engine rebuilt in to a 53 for $375. The 53 CI model had a
2.75" bore instead of the standard 2.5" to get the extra cubes.
Several of the 53 CI engine have shown up, seems to be very rare, so
production musty have been very low. There are also reports of a
Fageol/Crofton Gold Cup 60 which may be the origin of the 59 CI that
became Homelite, but none of these engines have turned up.
Above is a brand new Crofton military engine that was still in
the crate and had the protective wrapping pulled back.
From Crofton Engine Manual
Randall made after market aluminum blocks for racing. They were made in
the early 60's for Crosley retrofits for improved breathing, for
whatever application desired, vertical or horizontal. Used all stock or
after-market parts [required larger valves] and could be bored to 2.6
inches. $395.00 f.o.b. Note exhaust ports were moved to spark plug side
and 4 intake ports were made to give cross flow system.
Heard reports of another Crosley variant called
the Scott Atwater. It was another vertical boat engine. Was
this made by Fageol/Crofton? Anyone have a picture of one? Where does