Here you go, built just a few blocks away from my house...Very cool! I had an antique car reference book that had a rear engine car built in the Midwest around the turn of the 19th century. It had a 5cyl rotary that as I remember turned a large disc that drove an opposing disc via friction similar to the old Snapper lawn mower. It had basically infinite speeds plus reverse. It was started by spinning the cylinders. A asbestos glove was used for hot starts. Heaven help you if the motor mount broke!
I keep thinking of a rotating Maytag. The crank is already drilled for fuel delivery, the ignition would work as is as the flywheel will act as a stator. The crank is pretty beefy being 7/8" so I don't think drilling the rest of the way through for the carb passage would harm it. Don't know about balance. Seems too simple have to be missing something.
Thanks for the links!
Ludwig, I like the idea of having a good replica locally, and have thought about it before. Perhaps if I win the lottery I could buy this amazing survivor to help with the project. It’s actually located quite near of what remains of the Adams company-Your mission, should you choose to accept it...