Russell Sutton’s 9 cylinder radial engine based on the Honda XR600 is one of the most complicated home built engine projects we’ve seen. These latest photos just in from Ian Drysdale, show the progress Russell’s made since the last video. You’ll notice the heads are on, the exhaust is on, oil lines in place, and according to Ian, we’re going to see a start up in the very near future. He’s come a long way since we first saw this almost 4 years ago.
The internal detail shots are very impressive, and after seeing the shop where all of this work is being done, it’s even more inspiring to everyone who has a project in mind but less than the best facilities available.
Whether it’s a radial like this or one of the engines built by Andreas Georgeades, these builders, working in very basic surroundings, show the real capability and knowledge that makes it all possible resides in the builder and not some fully equipped shop with every computer controlled machine tool imaginable. I’m really looking forward to the first start up video and I’m betting quite a few of you are, as well.
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