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Project by PopsHuckster posted 12-29-2009 03:45 AM 3095 views 16 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I saw the plans for this somewhere on-line and it intrigued me…being a motor head of sorts. I ordered the plans and wasn’t satisfied with them…even though they were OK. Some of the dimensions weren’t correct, the proportions were off and things didn’t always line up on the full size plans. So I redid them a bit. I bought a different rpm drive motor and moved it to the center gear that drove the crankshaft. I tapered the fins on the head. I added a spark plug with an LED that actually fires during the power stroke. I added a cam on the back to time the firing of the LED. Last, I used a 3-position switch onthe lamp to run the motor by itself or the motor or the lamp and then the lamp alone. Had a ball making it then. In fact I’ve made 4 of them and given them to buddy’s as presents. I’m now working on a wood V-twin like the Harley V Rod has.

-- Pop

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#1 posted 12-29-2009 04:07 AM

I don’t know if you have the equipment for video but I would love to see it run. It looks great.

-- You always have tomorrow to stop procrastinating.

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#2 posted 12-29-2009 04:34 AM

I have the equipment and technology except for one thing. I live out inthe country and still only have pathetic dial-up service. I’ve had request for a video before and then made a short one. Actuallly only 5 meg long but during upload I always have fits with drop outs from my ISP.

-- Pop

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#3 posted 12-29-2009 04:34 AM

I’d say you’re definitely a motor head! and a pretty good wood worker! You should have put this in Ethel. Excellent job.

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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Ganesh Kumar

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#4 posted 12-29-2009 04:40 AM

Signed up to lumberjocks to comment on this piece :)

Very well planned and executed project!! I am in awe of this thing. If you don’t mind, can you point me to where you got the original plans from – I would like to add this to one of my dream projects :)

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#5 posted 12-29-2009 05:02 AM

I get my fill of engines every day at work and try to stay away from anything automotive on my off time….. But I got to admit. That is one cool lamp. Hopefully one day we can see it in action….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#6 posted 12-29-2009 05:06 AM

OK dug through my plans file drawer and found the original plans. They were from Steebar Corp. SB-1710-P I went to the site a couple minutes ago and they still offer the plans. They also have a couple different links to videos of the engine working. I remember telling folks to go to the site before to see it running and got a few responeses that they couldn’t get the videos to run no matter which one the clicked on. I had also purchased their motor ($39.95) and found equal motors on eBay at a quarter the price. Those are the ones I bought when I changed the location of the motor and slowed down the rpm.

-- Pop

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John Gray

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#7 posted 12-29-2009 05:09 AM

Wonderful job! As an old Harley Panhead rider I can’t wait to see the V-Twin, you might take a look at the Panhead 1948-1965 it’s a classic.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#8 posted 12-29-2009 05:20 AM

That is a thing of beauty.

-- If at first you don't succeed then maybe skydiving isn't for you.

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#9 posted 12-29-2009 06:34 AM

Is that a little LED at the top of the piston that flashes on at the top of the stroke? If so, that’s totally awesome!

-- Disappointment is an empty box full of expectation.

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Monty Queen

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#10 posted 12-29-2009 08:10 AM

Awesome job, magnificent.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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Ganesh Kumar

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#11 posted 12-29-2009 08:35 AM

Thanks for the site info Pop!

Project Page

Both the MPEG and Flash movies worked for me. The Flash movies are faster to load:

Flash Movie 1
Flash Movie 2
Flash Movie 3
Flash Movie 4

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#12 posted 12-29-2009 09:43 AM

Cool. I got the first Flash to run too. Maybe after all the complaints they went in and corrected the problems.

-- Pop

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#13 posted 12-29-2009 07:00 PM

Very cool. All gearheads will love this (myself included)

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#14 posted 12-29-2009 07:01 PM

That is awesome! I was going to make a clock for my dad by replicating a rod and piston out of wood and inserting a clock face where the rod wraps around the crank… perhaps he would prefer a lamp!

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#15 posted 12-29-2009 08:28 PM

Very cool! I like the LED ‘spark’.

I may have to try something like this…

-- There is nothing in the world more dangerous, than a woodworker who knows how to read a micrometer...

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