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Old Mar 10, 2011, 08:44 PM
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Re. the aforementioned French REA engine, here's the test report from Nov. 1951. The tester mentions some abnormal wear in the bearing - a possible clue is that, even though the compression is listed as only being 8.5 : 1, it feels more like 12.5 : 1 on the actual engine. Another point that worries me is, the head is shrunk (or staked ?) on - I've read lots of stories about these type of engines launching the cylinder head into orbit ! What sort of glow fuel was available in France in 1951 ? BOB
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