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Re: 64 lb engine

To: David Massey <>
Subject: Re: 64 lb engine
From: Zink <>
Date: Tue, 04 Nov 1997 01:36:17 -0600
Cc: list <triumphs@Autox.Team.Net>
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David Massey wrote:
> A 64 pound auto engine producing 120 hp?  I don't think so!
> The crankshaft from a TR6 alone weighs 60 lbs.  The only way thay
> could
> make a 4 cylinder engine weighing only 64 lbs would include extensive
> use
> of titanium for the rotating components (read: Mega-bucks).
> I think our friends at the Wall Street Journal must have dropped a
> digit.
> 164 lbs might be feasable with extensive use of aluminum (aluminium)
> for
> the head and block AND if you don't count things like the manifolds,
> alternator, power steering  pump, flywheel, transmission, etc. you
> could
> get down to 164.
> The Wall Street Journal has a bunch of very intelligent people on
> staff but
> I don't think there is a motorhead amoung them.  And I'll bet a dollar
> to a
> doughnut the editor isn't a motorhead!  That's not their market!
> Dave (Yeah, I'll stir that pot) Massey
How about the extensive use of ceramics?
Just thought I'd ask.

Larry Zink
1964 Spitfire4 (with iron block)

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