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Sunday, September 5, 2010

Vintage Russian Mk 17 Diesel

Russian MK 17 1.49 cc Diesel Circa 1965


Design history-
Twin ball race designed by V. Petukov, in 1956.


Motor type:Diesel
Fuel:ether / petroleum / oil
Basic Data
Displacement:1,47 cm³
Bore:12,8 mm
stroke:11,4 mm
weight & Dimensions
Other Information
Model yearr1965
U.S.S R. (C.C.C.P.)
U..S.S.R. (C.C.C.P.)

I acquired this engine in used condition from an Ebay seller in Russia, which was a totally satisfying experience. I found that this engine was prone to flooding while being started and I had a couple of finger smashing experiences before I developed my new starting technique. Now I start it with a exhaust prime with the needle valve fully closed, then open the needle valve about one turn with the engine running and make final adjustments. Once flooded it is very difficult  to clear the surplus fuel from the crankcase. This engine, when flooded will bounce back and forth on the compression stroke for which seems like a very long time, firing under compression and burning off fuel at the same time. You can see a little bit of this at the beginning of the video clip.


  1. NICE.........HOW MUCH IS IT.?

  2. thanks for your great videos,

    I have an MK-17 plane motor as same as yours
    but i can't start this motor.

    i don't know which kind of fuel or mix fuel ,can i use?
    if you explain that kind of fuel and how i get it?
    if you want to send an e-mail to me :



  3. Hello. Thanks for the nice video. What was the prop size? I want to get the same low rpm sound with my engine :)