Live Steam V8 Engine
Live Steam V8 with Unit Steam Engines for my next project: Desert Truck or
Crackerbox, we will see...
Tiger Tank 131 " Hand Crank Engine Start Up "
The inertia starter " Schwungmasse " works by rotating a heavy mass at
speed, once it reaches 60rpm a lever is pulled below the hand cranking arm,
this pushes the drive pinion onto the fly wheel, making the engine rotate
and start. These men starting the Tiger are very experienced tank
mechanics, who volunteer to keep Tiger 131 working.
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.
Rap 24 hp semidiesel, second start attempt.
This video illustrates what happends when these two stroke semidiesels run
out due to too much oil in the crankcase. With my left hand, I block the
injection pump, so from that time the engine run on lube oil only, no
diesel at all. I have heard lots of stories about this from decades ago but
this is the first time, to my knowledge, that it is captured on video.
Luckily we had blocked most of the air intake prior to starting and ended
at somewhat over 1000 rpm. Max operating rpm is 425-450. With full air
supply, I would guess this engine would reach thousands of rpm and I could
only guess what would have happened then...
The electric glowplug short circuited so we had to rely on the propane
burner which had slightly low temperature. In this startattempt, we used an
acetylene burner and got the glowplug bright red. The crankcase was,
unfortunately, filled with too much oil so the engine was running on its
lube oil from the crankcase instead of diesel. Still some trouble with the
fuel injection, doesn't feel right when injecting diesel manually.
GIANT 1918 Hit and Miss Engine
This is another RAM TOUGH PRODUCTION. This it a GIANT 1918 Hit and Miss
Engine that was used in a grits mill. and it still runs GREAT to be from
This was at the 17th Annual Old Fashion Planter's Day. (March 28-29, 2009)
at Ammon, North Carolina
Starting the 1909 Blitzen-Benz, UNEDITED, @ Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
The Blitzen-Benz was purpose built to do just one thing, to break speed
records (not racing), and it did repeatedly from 1909 through 1911.
(Edited version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ga2HtUHzUuw )
Its speed of 228.1km/h (141.73mph) on April 23rd, 1911, driven by Bob
Burman at Daytona Beach, stood as a record until 1919. Twice the speed of
the fastest airplane, (12 April, 1911, Alfred Leblanc @
69.442mph/111.801kph in a Blériot Blériot) and even shattering the record
speed of 210km/h set by a locomotive in 1903.
This record was not even officially broken in an airplane until 1920!
Of the six originally built, this is one of only two that exist today, and
is displayed at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Germany.
While the extended and nuanced effort required to start the Blitzen-Benz on
a cool coastal morning can try the patience of some viewers, its historical
significance and ground-breaking engineering brilliance still place it
amongst the greatest motor-vehicle achievements of all time, and the dozens
witnessing this effort felt it was one of the highlights of many great
moments at Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance 2011.
Here's a great collection of vintage and modern images of the Blitzen-Benz
and other historic speed record contenders:
displacement 21500 cc / 1312.0 in³
bore 185 mm / 7.28 in
stroke 200 mm / 7.87 in
power 149.1 kw / 200 bhp @ 1600 rpm
specific output 9.3 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 137.93 bhp per tonne
M3 Grant Tank - Home for my Radial Engine Beltring 2005
This is where my Radial engine ended up... in an Ex Range Wreck M3 Grant
Tank. The video shows its first outing at the 2005 War & Peace show down
in Kent. "restoration" was by Nick Mead at Tanks-a-lot. SEE Video of
engine running , on my drive, before it went into the Grant