Auto Mechanics: Water Cooled Engines: "Water Boy" 1936 Chevrolet 11min
more at http://auto-parts.quickfound.net/
"A DRAMATIZATION OF THE COOLING SYSTEM OF THE AUTOMOBILE, SHOWING HOW THE
WATER CIRCULATES AROUND THE CYLINDERS, COOLING THEM AND IN TURN BEING
COOLED BY THE AIR DRAWN IN THROUGH THE RADIATOR."
Public domain film from the Library of Congress Prelinger Archive, slightly
cropped to remove uneven edges, with the aspect ratio corrected, and mild
video noise reduction applied.
The soundtrack was also processed with volume normalization, noise
reduction, clipping reduction, and equalization (the resulting sound,
though not perfect, is far less noisy than the original).
...Cars and trucks using direct air cooling (without an intermediate
liquid) were built over a long period from the very beginning and ending
with a small and generally unrecognized technical change. Before World War
II, water-cooled cars and trucks routinely overheated while climbing
mountain roads, creating geysers of boiling cooling water. This was
considered normal, and at the time, most noted mountain roads had auto
repair shops to minister to overheating engines....
... The subject of boiling engines was addressed, researched, and a
solution found. Previous radiators and engine blocks were properly designed
and survived durability tests, but used water pumps with a leaky
graphite-lubricated "rope" seal (gland) on the pump shaft. The seal was
inherited from steam engines, where water loss is accepted, since steam
engines already expend large volumes of water. Because the pump seal leaked
mainly when the pump was running and the engine was hot, the water loss
evaporated inconspicuously, leaving at best a small rusty trace when the
engine stopped and cooled, thereby not revealing significant water loss.
Automobile radiators (or heat exchangers) have an outlet that feeds cooled
water to the engine and the engine has an outlet that feeds heated water to
the top of the radiator. Water circulation is aided by a rotary pump that
has only a slight effect, having to work over such a wide range of speeds
that its impeller has only a minimal effect as a pump. While running, the
leaking pump seal drained cooling water to a level where the pump could no
longer return water to the top of the radiator, so water circulation ceased
and water in the engine boiled. However, since water loss led to overheat
and further water loss from boil-over, the original water loss was hidden.
After isolating the pump problem, cars and trucks built for the war effort
(no civilian cars were built during that time) were equipped with
carbon-seal water pumps that did not leak and caused no more geysers.
Meanwhile, air cooling advanced in memory of boiling engines... even though
boil-over was no longer a common problem. Air-cooled engines became popular
throughout Europe. After the war, Volkswagen advertised in the USA as not
boiling over, even though new water-cooled cars no longer boiled over, but
these cars sold well, and without question. But as air quality awareness
rose in the 1960s, and laws governing Exhaust emissions were passed, unleaded gas
replaced leaded gas and leaner fuel mixtures became the norm. These
reductions in the cooling effects of both the lead and the formerly rich
fuel mixture, led to overheating in the air-cooled engines. Valve failures
and other engine damage was the result. Volkswagen responded by abandoning
their (flat) horizontally opposed air-cooled engines, while Subaru took a
different course and chose liquid-cooling for their (flat) engines.
Today practically no air-cooled automotive engines are built, air cooling
being fraught with manufacturing expense and maintenance problems.
Motorcycles had an additional problem in that a water leak presented a
greater threat to reliability, their engines having small cooling water
volume, so they were loath to change; today most larger motorcycles are
water-cooled with many relying on convection circulation with no pump...
How a Differential Works and Types of Differentials
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1905 Reid 15hp oilfield stationary engine
This is a 1905 Reid 15 hp engine that my Dad just rebuilt/restored. The
cart it sits on, He built himself from pictures. The rear wheels are made
from 30" pipe, and the fronts are 16". The frame is some left over I beam
and the steering is his own design.
The fuel is propane with a needle valve to regulate flow. The ignition is
some old military coil with a sparkplug screwed into an adapter in the head
that he made and a micro switch mounted on the base with a trigger mounted
to a disc bolted to the crank. The flyball gov. isn't connected yet, but it
will be soon to help control rpm.
V12 Detriot Diesel 525HP
Setting the engine up and breaking it in.Remember this engine is just being
started after a rebuild so that's why it's smoking from the assembly lube
and the rack will be set-up to stop the hunting etc etc. Then the oil is
changed and the engine painted. These engine's go into Euclid mining rock
trucks,and they were in many other equipment/vehicles.The engine has
rebuild heads,turbo's, blower, water
pump,all internal parts and the air compressor All done in the great north
How a 2 stroke detroit diesel engine runs
I have a couple videos of my 2 stroke detroit diesel powered pickup here on
youtube, and I have gotten hundreds and hundreds of questions about how in
the world it runs, and lots of people who do not believe that it really is
a 2 stroke. So, I'm sorry, I don't have the best voice in the world, and
I'm not the best at explaining things or getting the right words to come
out, but I did my best in this video to try to give you an idea of how it
RUN AWAY Detroit Diesel! 453-T
DD 453-T runs away! rack gets stuck on valve cover. almost lost some
fingers too, it was all i could find. F'ed up new turbo compressor wheel, was only damage
Diesel ready (6hp) Compares to Yanmar L70 HD300D 4 - 4.4 kW diesel engine
I bought a bunch of these engines to experiment with B20+ (20% Biodiesel)
home Biodiesel production (for better lubricity). Heavy Duty 6hp HD300D max
4.4kW diesel engine. 296cc putting out 4kv of continuous output. 1" shaft
turning clockwise from the fly wheel end. 3.5L (.925gal) capacity. Engine
dry weight is 33kg or 72lbs. The motor as seen runs smoother at the higher
rpm's. It is a beast with torque and is a great motor for the DIY person.
I will post other applications for this motor in the future. The "Throttle
Bracket" is spring loaded so you can set up a throttle cable to a handlebar
or foot pedal if you like.
Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Diesel Engines
Chris Duke from Motorz http://www.motorz.tv tells you everything you ever
wanted to know about diesel engines.
Show notes: http://www.motorz.tv/the-diesel-episode/
Cummins Diesel Engine First Start
STARTS AT 3:10 ---
This engine and its twin were built by my father. He installed them in his
33' Bertram. Sorry about all the cranking. I meant to cut out a large
section of that, but somehow I forgot about it.
FAQ: Why is it white? It is common for boats to have white engines.
Why is water coming out of the Exhaust? The engine is cooled by a continuous
flow of seawater, or in this case water from a hose. It comes out of the
Why is it cranking for so long? Is the starter fried now? The starter is
fine. Everything was completely dry at the beginning of the video. It
just took some time for the fuel to be delivered.
Both engines are running (and starting) great over 5 years later. Thanks