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Sunday, January 20, 2013

French Micron 2.8 cc Diesel

Below: 1946/7 MKI Micron engine, like the engine featured in this page

 The MKII with spinner and front induction shown below
2.8cc MICRON Model DC D Mk. II
Manufacturer Micron Moteurs, Paris, France
Distributed by Micron Moteurs, Paris, France
Series / Serial Number s / n
YOM 1946
Displacement 2.8 cc (0.17 cu. In.)
Diesel Power Class
Cycle 2
Fixed type carburetor (without speed)
Admission rear over piston
Crankshaft on cast iron journal
Ether fuel Fuel / kerosene / Oil
Very Good Condition
Comments short stroke. 
Also fitted as standard equipment a tank with filler cover incorporated.

Published on 5 Jan 2013 To day no rebuild story guys,...sorry,as the engine was a fast fix.I am very pleased with this very rare French Micron.I saw only this in 3 years on E-bay. Like I say in the clip,only some parts needs to be made.The hardest work was to unscrew the rear cover and get the crankshaft turning again and remove it. It was so badly glued together, that I had almost thought of giving up. Only after a long heating period and the addition of thin oil did the parts finally separate after 1 hour of struggling. The second big problem was the cylinder hold down screws. Somebody had already made an attempt to make them fit, maybe the thread was bad, so two threads at the front were 3 mm and the other was originally 2.5 mm. I thought at first,that this would be an easy fix,but later discovered that the liner was hardened, so there was no chance of drilling out the holes to 3 mm. Since  I had to decide on something, so I made from a stainless steel rod 2 special studs,one end M3 thread....other end M2,5 thread.. Also I made two regular studs of M2,5. .I also milled and tapped from steel four new M 2.5 nuts, so now everything will fit nicely together. Its a bit of a shame, as the original engine use 4 screws to connect the cylinder to the crankcase. But since I must make something out of it because, the compression was still great and connecting rod and shaft have no excessive play. The compression lever, extension, tank cover and the filler cover, carburetor clamp,and the prop driver assembly with the gaskets was an easy job..Actually the original engine has only a nut (Non metric!!) for the propeller,but in one of my books I saw the MK II with a nice spinner,so that's why I have decorated  him a bit with a brand new spinner.....he deserve it, as its a so lovely old engine. I tell myself to stop buying engines, as I am running out of space...but for rare engines is always a corner,right? By the way I know,the French Micron company made several engines up until the late 1960's and were always well made engines. Thanks for interest and remember; more interesting engine stuff on my channel. .Feel free to subscribe.



  1. Could I make a couple of comments:
    1. Your engine is the first Micron 2.8 with a few wrong bits on it (the prop driver is nothing like that!). Note that this engine has a nickel plated tank/carb/needle assembly, with the tank above the carburettor.
    This engine was made 1945-7.
    2. The second Micron 2.8 (1948-51) is the one shown in Mike Clanford's photo as the first version. This engine has a brass tank below the carburettor.
    3. The "second version" shown in Mike's book is actually a Maraget 3cc (and not a Micron at all).
    4. You refer to the Micron 2.8 as "long stroke". That's the opposite of the truth, the engine is very over square (bore 16mm, stroke 13mm).
    5. No Micron ever had a spinner nut, except the blue 2.5cc TR engine.
    If you would like photos of these engines the way they should be, e-mail me.

  2. Thanks very much for your comments. We are always interested in hard to find information on these rare old engines.

  3. Thanks for your helpful comments Brian. We have made the correction as pertaining to engine's stroke and diameter ratio.

  4. Hi David,

    thank to your page I was able to identify my "mistery engine". It seems to be a Micron too, the early one. unfortunately it is not complete, the carburator and the prop backplate are missing.
    Greetings from Luxembourg, Gabby.