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Old 03-28-2004, 10:25 PM
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How to build the best engine?

Ok, let's say that I have won the lotto and I have a crap load of money.
And I want to build a car engine from scratch, and I want it to last
a long time, at least 400,000 miles, and make good power.

How would I design and build this engine?

I have herd that the best balanced engine is a in-line 5 cyl. Is this true?

Volvo has the record with 2,000,000 miles on the same engine,(not rebuilt) but I don't know what engine it is.

I really want to know this stuff so school me guys!

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Old 03-29-2004, 09:41 PM
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Come on Tom, I know you have ideas on this subject.
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Old 03-29-2004, 10:18 PM
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the life time of the engine depends more on how it is driven, to an extent. I had a neighbor that had the same unre-built engine in his truck for over 500k miles... if you want something that will have power, the reliablity will go down to an extent as well... you can't expect to make 500 horsepower for 500k miles.... and if you had a 500 horse motor... to make it last that long, you would have to push it most of the way because you are going to run it like a 500 horse motor and blow it in under 100k.... Also, I don't really know what the point to this thread is... more of gossip or something.... perhaps it should be moved to the lounge?
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Old 03-29-2004, 10:28 PM
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This is not about building up some V8, it's about how to design an engine from scratch. Like how many cyls, or the best bore and stroke, or what metals to build it out of, valve size or how many valves to be used, pushrod or OHC.

Let me sum it up. How would I build the best all around engine?

That's not too hard of a question is it?
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Old 03-29-2004, 10:39 PM
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well, it is impossible... all engines will have thier drawbacks... whether it be reliability or power.... now, perhaps there is a better aspect for different things... like one thing good for more power, one thing good for reliability...
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The DeFazio Rotary Engine.

No cooling system and no transmission. 677HP @ 10 500 RPM in a 24 inch diameter space.
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The DeFazio Rotary Engine.

No cooling system and no transmission. 677HP @ 10 500 RPM in a 24 inch diameter space.
Yes but does it go "Bupeda-bupeda-bupeda " idling at the stoplight?????
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Trust me, how many miles you can put on a engine is all how you drive it. My grandpa put over 500,000 miles on the orginal motor in my 72 El Camino. He passed away, i got the El Camino and then I got my license, and two days later, boom the motor is done, I cracked the block!
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Old 03-29-2004, 11:34 PM
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I wouldn't even know that was an engine if you had not told me.

I guess the Wankel engine has the piston engine beat anyway.
But still, who know how to rebuild a Wankel engine?

Can't I have my cake AND eat it too?
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Common sense, more or less

First, Component Selection
Second, Assembly
Third, Constant service

Thats the 'how'. As far as the 'what', I dont know.

If you build the motor with quality parts, carefully assemble it, and service it on a regular basis without skipping a checkup. The engine you build should last a long time, and 400k should be no problem. Except for the driving part of it.

Volvo's engine was serviced regularly throughout its life, which is one of the reasons why it has lasted for so long. And Its not a race motor, just a daily driver.
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So where did you get all of this money from. And what does lets just say i won the lottry mean?
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Old 03-30-2004, 08:32 AM
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blah, blah, blah

step #1: You need a plan. what is the application? Grandma's car or something for the strip on the weekends? You also need a base point, for example: what are we gonna start with? Are we gonna locate an old 454 to rebuild or are we gonna overhaul that little import engine from some Japanese car?
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Well my moms 67 Chevy II has the original 250 inline 6 in it, over 500,000 miles on the thing. It still(was) runs great! it just likes its oil.

Havent seen the thing in about 2 years now, she gave it to my uncle and he took the car apart and only put half of it back together so far. Sad, she should have road his ***** to get her car back.

Hey, where in VA was that DeFazio placec?
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You've seen the ads; all you need is a junker V8 w/ no oil pan, no valve covers, no cooling system (In fact, it's better if the radiator hose is cut and is aimed back into the crankcase, blowing it full of brown rusty water), full of sand & gravel and treated with a pint of Prolong.
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400,000 troublefree miles

"B" Series Cummins Diesel (like from a Dodge pickup). Monster torque for a lifetime...
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