|For some odd reason i have always been interested in big engines.
And after hearing an 27 litre Rolls Royce
V12 running i n 1999,I finally decided to get one. But they are not so easy to find.
So when I saw an ad in late 2000 I called directly. There was one complete engine and one to spare, I arranged
to come over and check them out. twenty minutes after my call he called back and said that his companion had
sold them! Bummer. The hunt was still on, after a long search on internet I found an old ad for an engine, and it
was close to home. I sent him a mail. and I got a reply three month's later! yes it was for sale but the price was steep,
so no deal. Boy was I surprised when he called back half a year later and asked if I still was interested,
and this time the price was right. So the day after I picked it up.
The plan now is to mount it in something that looks like a car, so I can move it around and enjoy the awesome sound
from the engine.
|. The engine was in an original transport box from 1954.
Afterwards I found out the whole package weighted ONE Ton (1000 kilo) And
I thought it was around half of that. It two hours to get it of the trailer
|Finally inside the garage I opened the box. Isn't it lovely? This engine was overhauled in the late 1980’s, so its actually new :-)
|This is a Rover Mark 4 B, and it was originally fitted in a Centurion Tank. 27 Litre 60 deg V12 650 hpr 2550 rpm, 1555 lb./ft at 1500 rpm. During the war Rolls Royce wanted to get into the jet engine manufacturing. And Rover had done a lot of work for Mr Frank Whittle, so Rolls got the Jet work and Rover got to build a tank version of the Rolls Royce Merlin aircraft engine.
|Out of the box.
|What should I use this engine for then? When you get this
engine you get a lot of friends that want to check it out. And one friend
had a Buick frame from around 1925-30. So if I put the engine in that I
can at least move it around.
|With the frame I got an Original Buick front axle. But the Spindle where huge and I could not find any discs or drums that could fit (easy).
|So of to my friendly junkyard, and cut out a Complete Ford Transit front axle.
|There was this small problem that the axle was 18cm to wide, so I cut out a part in the middle and welded it back together. I staggered the joint, and I may weld a piece of flat iron in the slot to.
|Disc's calipers and all small bits and pieces just waiting to be mounted. Have to do something with the bolt pattern its BIG.
|Mounted looks like its the original setup, thanks Ford and Buick. Yes i know i will sandblast and paint everything after the first mockup is done.
|With the engine I also got some parts that the Swedish Army used when they where bench testing the engines. This is the power out takes (PTO) that was used. And I will try to fit a flywheel from a car on that. And then add a gearbox and so on.
|I was missing the auxiliary oil tank, but I found one 250 km from home, and I got it for free:-) He is also building a car!
|I was also missing the extra ignition coil, its used when the starter is running to add some sparks, and since the magnetos having trouble giving sparks when the starter is running.
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