Tuesday, August 25, 2009

For the Tiny Gearheads Out There


My current project is a 1/6th scale Chevrolet 327 cu in V8. Based on a 1964 365 hp Corvette motor, measurements have been taken from an actual engine as to be most accurate. The head and block began as billet aluminum that have been painstakingly machined on a Bridgeport-style mill. The 5-main crank has real babbit bearings, while the cam is a scale 30-30 Duntov.

Dies were developed for stamping out the front cover, oil pan and rockers. The pistons and water pump housing are cast aluminum, and the valve covers are going to be investment cast.

Since this engine is a runner, there is spark ignition, a pressurized oil system and a cooling system just like its big brother.

Right now the engine has been completed to the point that it will run for brief periods of time. However, several things have yet to be finished including the water pump/radiator, valve covers and carburator to make this a full time running engine.

I don't care who you are, that right there is just plain cool! It's the Moyer Made 1/6 Scale Chevrolet V-8. Many pictures and another video there - the workmanship is stunning!


drjim said...

you've actually got one of these!?!
WOW! I've wanted one since they first came out.

Jeffro said...

drjim: I wish! The commentary about the motor is from the website I linked to - but yeah, I'd sure take one were it given to me!

drjim said...

I got so excited when I first saw your post, I replied before I read it all.
There *was* a guy sometime ago who sold kits, either fully-machined and ready to build, or a complete set of raw castings along with a finished crank. I would have bought one, but it was out of my price range at the time.

Anonymous said...

OK, here you go, this is a running, 1/5th scale Rolls Merlin XX V-12 aircraft engine. It was completed in 1981. The builder also has a Rolls Eagle 22 in progress.

Russ - rcnixon@mindspring.com

Jeffro said...

Thanks, Russ! Looked like to me that project would be more difficult than the Chevy V8 - far more complex for one thing. Pretty dern cool.