You can call it “ignition” or “combustion.” Here at the QCrew we call the third stroke “Bang!” Let’s review: Some gorgeous intake systems have been created to Suck the combined air and fuel into the cylinders where the handsome high-compression pistons we stared at for hours before installing in our engines where their beauty can no longer be appreciated except in our fond memories have now Squeezed the mixture into a potent bomb waiting to explode. Bang! The spark plug provides the triggering event.
What are a father and son to do with a free weekend when Mom is away? Let’s build a car. Let’s build a rat rod. Start with a [poorly] chopped 1927 Ford Model T sedan body, purchased as an abandoned project, add 40 feet of 2X4x3/16” steel tubing in the garage, and a set of axles just laying around. This was Father’s Day weekend 2013. By Sunday night, the body was sitting on a frame and the suspension mocked up.Read more
While we love custom built high displacement bikes, there is still room in our fantasy garage for the right two-stroke. Not just a ringy-ding-ding bike, but a cool urban hipster on which we can arrive at our favorite mid-town watering hole with a roar and a glorious cloud of fragrant purple smoke.
Chris Zahner (of NYC, natch) has built just such a bike. This is his creation, built from the bones of a 1975 Yamaha DT 250.Read more
Engineers would refer to this phase as “compression,” but we like “squeeze.” All valves closed and and the piston and ring assembly rushing upward to turn a little air and fuel into a horsepower-producing bomb. Ah, it’s a beautiful thing. In fact, we think its even art; the hardware is sculpture and the diagrams make the perfect wall deco for the aesthetically minded petrol head.Read more
OK, technically the first stroke of a four stroke engine is called “intake,” but you know what we mean. There are many ways to get air and fuel into the combustion chamber – we’ve picked out a few examples of intake systems that look as beautiful as they perform.Read more
Bill and Gary Fenrich build a Chrysler 300 and a tribute to early NASCAR Racing by Mercury Marine; here's the story as told by Gary. My father was hired by Carl Kiekhaefer, founder of Mercury Marine back in 1954 as an Engineering Technician at Plant 6 in...
Over the past year our friend Jay documented Virginia's creation of this motorcycle. The bike started as a stock '96 XL1200c, and through many hours of late nights, dirty fingernails and torn gloves, Virginia was able to complete the bike you see her riding today....