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Awesome vintage rotary engine

Post by 5chn3ll » Wed Jul 10, 2019 11:14 am

This is NOT a radial - but an actual rotary...



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Re: Awesome vintage rotary engine

Post by FRUNKenstein » Wed Jul 10, 2019 11:22 am

First off - Jay Hubbard, I know that guy. He owes me money.

Secondly, if it has pistons, it ain't a rotary engine.
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Re: Awesome vintage rotary engine

Post by 32wildbilly » Thu Jul 11, 2019 9:35 am

FRUNKenstein wrote:
Wed Jul 10, 2019 11:22 am
First off - Jay Hubbard, I know that guy. He owes me money.

Secondly, if it has pistons, it ain't a rotary engine.
Nope. By definition that is an actual rotary engine and it's pretty damn cool!
The rotary engine was an early type of internal combustion engine, usually designed with an odd number of cylinders per row in a radial configuration, in which the crankshaft remained stationary in operation, with the entire crankcase and its attached cylinders rotating around it as a unit. Its main application was in aviation, although it also saw use before its primary aviation role, in a few early motorcycles and automobiles.

This type of engine was widely used as an alternative to conventional inline engines (straight or V) during World War I and the years immediately preceding that conflict. It has been described as "a very efficient solution to the problems of power output, weight, and reliability".[1]

By the early 1920s, the inherent limitations of this type of engine had rendered it obsolete.
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Re: Awesome vintage rotary engine

Post by FRUNKenstein » Thu Jul 11, 2019 4:00 pm

Yeah, you're right. When I think "rotary", the Wankel comes to mind, which is (obviously) completely different than this type of rotary.
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Re: Awesome vintage rotary engine

Post by 32wildbilly » Thu Jul 11, 2019 6:07 pm

FRUNKenstein wrote:
Thu Jul 11, 2019 4:00 pm
Yeah, you're right. When I think "rotary", the Wankel comes to mind, which is (obviously) completely different than this type of rotary.
Who you callin a Wanker!

Actually I test drove a Wankel powered Mazda when they first came out in the U.S. It was surprisingly quick for back then(late 60's-early 70's). Of course this is before it was known that the oil seals had an incredibly short life span!

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