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Whose engine in this first ever Mod-Up deserves the coveted Brass Machine trophy!?

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Voting closed: February 17, 2015, 10:51:43 AM

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Pipe and Bolt Engine Mod-Up
« on: December 08, 2014, 10:29:53 AM »
Okay, to start the ball rolling, I'm throwing down the glove to any MadModder foolish enough to take this on. I don't exactly yet know what the prize is going to be, but it's likely to be something truly worthless!  :)

The contest will go through February 13 (before Valentines Day), and polling for the winner, by popular vote will happen on the 15th and 16th (after Valentines day!).

The rules:

Build any kind of engine using any of the following raw materials:

pipe
pipe fittings
tubing (must be round)
a single 6" long by 1/2" dia bolt (or similar metric size)
nails (any size or type)

All materials must be ferrous (steel, iron, stainless)

If you need accessory stuff like spark or glow plugs, coils, (or tubing for compressed air or steam engines) that can be non ferrous where needed. And you can braze or solder.

But the main idea is to make the engine out of these everyday common ferrous materials. With those you can perform any machining, melting, casting or welding operation you want. As long as you started with the contest materials.

No sheet, plate, rod, block to start with (though you can create them from the contest raw materials with a forge if you want).

Fasteners of any kind are okay, if used as fasteners.

It would be great if you could take a picture of what you started with, and definitely you can post pictures of what you finish up with (running videos especially appreciated) here in this thread.

If you want to do a separate detailed build thread as you go along, that also would be very cool. (But not necessary.)

I really want to build along, but I'm disqualifying myself from winning.  But If someone else proposes a different Mod-Up, too, by gum, I'll be there with a sharpened drill bit straight from my Drill Doctor, so look out!


« Last Edit: December 24, 2014, 05:36:53 PM by vtsteam »
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Re: Valentine's Day Massacre: Pipe and Bolt Engine Mod-Up
« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2014, 12:59:22 PM »
An engine from some pipe fittings and an old bolt :loco: ......Sounds very much like a BSA single to me  :lol:

Anyway,this could be an interesting challenge to watch.....OZ.
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Re: Valentine's Day Massacre: Pipe and Bolt Engine Mod-Up
« Reply #2 on: December 08, 2014, 09:39:33 PM »
Anyone gonna jump in on this one? I will make a trophy/plaque for the winner!

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Re: Valentine's Day Massacre: Pipe and Bolt Engine Mod-Up
« Reply #3 on: December 08, 2014, 11:32:32 PM »
Eric,I do hope we have some takers,it's a fun challenge that should bring out the best ingenuity and the absurd traits of a MadModder.....OZ.
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Re: Valentine's Day Massacre: Pipe and Bolt Engine Mod-Up
« Reply #4 on: December 09, 2014, 07:14:42 AM »
Well, I'll certainly build something for the fun of it, and I hope others might think of something that appeals to them to put together and join in. Sometimes it takes awhile to clear off the workbench. Anyway, I'm in.   :dremel:
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Re: Valentine's Day Massacre: Pipe and Bolt Engine Mod-Up
« Reply #5 on: December 10, 2014, 08:56:23 PM »
I can't start this until I get my mini-shop further along, but hope to before Christmas. But guys, if this particular Mod-up doesn't appeal the way it is, I'm open to suggestions to change it to make it more suitable for you.

Or if you want to start another Mod-Up on some totally different topic, please just propose it in a thread. Could be a rotary table, vise, mill, whatever you think others would be interested in joining together and building. I'd probably join it if it was something fun or something I need.
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Re: Valentine's Day Massacre: Pipe and Bolt Engine Mod-Up
« Reply #6 on: December 13, 2014, 07:26:16 PM »
I like this idea maybe the winner should have the priviledge of deciding the next challenge? I may even have a go myself if I can find the time with all else I have going on.
Just to clarify though can it be a variety of pipe sizes or do we have to choose one size and stick with that?
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Re: Valentine's Day Massacre: Pipe and Bolt Engine Mod-Up
« Reply #7 on: December 13, 2014, 08:37:16 PM »
Hey shipto, great!  :bow:

No size, number, or type limitation, and that includes pipe fittings -- like elbows, tees, pipe flanges, couplers, caps, plugs, etc. and those are often cast iron -- so a good bearing material. Cast iron pistons, cylinders, etc, are certainly possible with all that to choose from.

Also no limit on what you can do to this stuff -- chop them up, flatten them out, weld, melt, etc. whatever.

Also no limit on what kind of engine: steam, hot air, compressed air, IC, turbine, etc.

It's just a means of showing the range of things we can do.

Glad to have you aboard!!!!  :beer:
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Re: Valentine's Day Massacre: Pipe and Bolt Engine Mod-Up
« Reply #8 on: December 17, 2014, 05:51:09 PM »
It's too complicated for me, but will you please stop using my name(Valentine) in vain!

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Re: Valentine's Day Massacre: Pipe and Bolt Engine Mod-Up
« Reply #9 on: December 17, 2014, 09:37:20 PM »
Sorry Norman!  :bow:
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Re: Pipe and Bolt Engine Mod-Up
« Reply #10 on: December 18, 2014, 04:12:58 AM »
.... ah .... now I get it .... Valentines Day is when we all descend on Norman's place, have a demonstration of his casting skill then a big Bean Feast .... excellent  :lol:
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Re: Pipe and Bolt Engine Mod-Up
« Reply #11 on: December 18, 2014, 04:54:52 AM »
Sounds good, as long as you bring the drinks!

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Re: Pipe and Bolt Engine Mod-Up
« Reply #12 on: December 18, 2014, 06:33:54 PM »
What's a Bean Feast?  :scratch:
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Re: Pipe and Bolt Engine Mod-Up
« Reply #13 on: December 19, 2014, 02:46:58 AM »
A get together with food.

Slang term usually applied tongue in cheek to some grand event such as a wedding reception but obviously originating from something more modest.
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Re: Pipe and Bolt Engine Mod-Up
« Reply #14 on: December 19, 2014, 12:00:47 PM »
Ahhh, thanks, Andrew. Didn't know whether it was a real custom.  :beer: A scene from, "Blazing Saddles" came to mind....  :med:
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Re: Pipe and Bolt Engine Mod-Up
« Reply #15 on: December 20, 2014, 02:56:00 PM »
Norman,

...It's too complicated for me, but will you please stop using my name(Valentine) in vain!..

Have you got a sister called Shirley ?

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Re: Pipe and Bolt Engine Mod-Up
« Reply #16 on: December 20, 2014, 04:21:37 PM »
Maybe to make it a little easier, let's say pipe, AND tubing (must be round, though -- no square structural stuff).

And their connecting fittings.

So everything from brake lines to electrical conduit can be used.

Must still be ferrous though -- iron,steel, stainless.
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Re: Pipe and Bolt Engine Mod-Up
« Reply #17 on: December 24, 2014, 05:29:16 PM »
Okay, okay, no takers yet. Sheeesh!  :doh: 

Lets add nails to the mix. This should make it easy, right?

You can use nails, any size, any type, as long as they're steel. So now we've got pipe, tubing, a big bolt, and nails.

That just cries out "ENGINE", doesn't it?  :poke:


(first post of the rules updated)
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Re: Pipe and Bolt Engine Mod-Up
« Reply #18 on: January 01, 2015, 02:03:31 PM »
well Ill give it a go, so chuck my name in the hat!

will be my first ever engine though so no promises
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Re: Pipe and Bolt Engine Mod-Up
« Reply #19 on: January 01, 2015, 02:11:22 PM »
 Can I just submit this Chinese moped motor, as your parts description is a pretty close fit....
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Re: Pipe and Bolt Engine Mod-Up
« Reply #20 on: January 01, 2015, 04:52:15 PM »
Okay, okay, no takers yet. Sheeesh!  :doh: 

Lets add nails to the mix. This should make it easy, right?

You can use nails, any size, any type, as long as they're steel. So now we've got pipe, tubing, a big bolt, and nails.

That just cries out "ENGINE", doesn't it?  :poke:


(first post of the rules updated)

That just cries out "ENGINE", doesn't it?

Yeah double overhead cam v12 should be a doddle :lol: :lol:......OZ.

EDIT TO ADD: And 4 valves per cylinder,of course :palm:
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Re: Pipe and Bolt Engine Mod-Up
« Reply #21 on: January 01, 2015, 06:00:26 PM »
Hey great Bertie!

To the rest of yuh, oh ye of little faith! :)

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Re: Pipe and Bolt Engine Mod-Up
« Reply #22 on: January 01, 2015, 07:14:29 PM »
Well Steve, I am considering the challenge as I was given some steel gas pipe and cast fittings a couple of weeks back....we'll have to see how the free time goes as I have got a few urgent things to deal with at present.....OZ.
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Re: Pipe and Bolt Engine Mod-Up
« Reply #23 on: January 01, 2015, 07:50:05 PM »
Well Oz first things first, for sure! :beer:

But great if you do find the time. I've been hunting for my bucket of rusty pipe fittings. I know I stored it somewhere!  :scratch:
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Re: Pipe and Bolt Engine Mod-Up
« Reply #24 on: January 04, 2015, 05:59:52 PM »
Hey guys,

For those of you jumping in on this... I will make up some kind of trophy and send it to the winner. It will probably take me as long to make it as it will to get the engines built.

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