I have a small generator (still in the box) to back up my back up solar and wind power. I saw a small Maytag Model 72 washing machine engine in action. Arguably, these and the Maytag model 92 are among what are called the smallest hit and miss engines ever made commercially. They were used as washing machine motors from the turn of the last century through the 1950's They run on a gas/oil mix but can be adapted to kerosene, diesel or propane. I heard one ran over 350 hours on 50 gallons of fuel. Since these have putted around for nearly a century, my question is how viable are they to run an alternator to create power? I have not found any articles on that. From the video below it looks like they could have a multitude of homestead uses. They are not expensive restored, and parts are available, and they are nearly indestructable. [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UF0u1phJBLg]YouTube - Model 92 Maytag Hit Miss & Corn Grinder[/ame] Any ideas or am I reinventing the wheel?