Oh my god, how young is this whipper snapper??? For families in rural areas with no electricity-----------------YES, there was a time when many people did not have electricity in the home--------------- and Maytag made washing machines with 2cycle gas engines. Some were 1 cylinder, and there was also a larger capacity Maytag washing machine that had a 2 cylinder 2cycle engine. They had a kick starter, kind of like the kick starter on a Cushman Eagle. SURELY people here are familiar with the Cushman Eagle!!! By the 50s, Maytag gasoline engines were dirt cheap or even free. Me and several of my friends made go-carts out of wood, rounded up wheels from wherever, and powered by a Maytag engine. I made my first Maytag go-cart about 1953.