Blackstone oil engine startup

1909 10HP Blackstone oil engine was used for pumping water from a river to a market garden. The engine was sabotaged in the 1920s by someone blowing up the cylinder with explosives. A new cylinder was installed and the engine was returned to service for a number of years when it eventually fell into disuse. A number of river floodings submerged the engine and it was eventually partially buried in silt. It was recovered in the 1990s and in 1997 it was dismantled, cleaned and started again after many years of neglect. The starting procedure requires heating of the hot bulb with a blow lamp in order to vaporise the fuel ( kerosene ) and to preheat the internal combustion chamber to allow fuel ignition.

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+29 1. martynbiker commented 10 years ago

I could watch that and listen to it all day! Wonderful!
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+5 2. jackDjohnson commented 10 years ago

That is just kewl... Reminded me of the movie WillyWonka and the chocolate factory based on the sounds it makes while running..LMAO :D
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+12 3. MindTrick commented 10 years ago

Kinda strikes me that all of the people who made the original parts have now passed on. It's nice knowing that they still live on in a way :)
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+10 4. cameramaster commented 10 years ago

Considering how old that is its remarkable they got it running, I wonder how many modern engines would run after the same amount of time had passed ?
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+2 5. boom commented 10 years ago

This look really cool. Can someone explain what does that thing do at 4:38? So this isn't diesel but ordinary oil?
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+4 6. loadrunner commented 10 years ago

#5 It is the Valve , releasing gasses after the Piston makes a whole cycle .
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+4 7. Sizzlik (admin) commented 10 years ago

#5 as #6 said. And it runs on kerosene as said in the description =)
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+5 8. Judge-Jake commented 10 years ago

They should have used this for the beginning of Pink Floyds track 'Time' instead of all those clocks. :P
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+4 9. madmap commented 10 years ago

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+3 10. MeesterP commented 10 years ago

Great techno machine actually :D
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0 11. bzzt commented 10 years ago

#10 Minimal techno actually
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-1 12. dvandok commented 10 years ago

Isn't this the type of engine in a typical American car?