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Engine anatounomy

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by 84gmcjimmy, Jan 8, 2006.

  1. 84gmcjimmy

    84gmcjimmy 1 ton status

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    Well being interested in all this stuff in the garage I want to know more about how an engine works, and what each individual parts job is. I know there is a simple explanation, but is there some place I can find pictures and a lot of info and detail on how everything works together? I tried "howstuffworks" and they have a pretty good explanation but it'sa bit basic to what I want. It didn't explain everything I wanted to know.

    What do I need to do to find out? (besides tearing one down and visually learning)
     
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    Maybe if you tried searching "engine anatomy" you'd have better luck........:whistle:
     
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    84gmcjimmy 1 ton status

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    I've never said the word before so cut me some slack, I got it pretty close :doah::haha::haha::haha::haha::haha::haha::haha::haha:
     
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    When the engines start thinking for themselves, we'll take care of it buddy
     
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    I've learned a lot just from tearing one down. If there are any internet sources, I'd be interested too.
     
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    DEMON44 Low-Tech Redneck

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    Like what exactly? Are you talking about the basic functions of an engine? Or specifics components of a particular engine? They really are simple units.
     
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    ........and thats exactly what crossed my mind. :haha: autonomy.
     
  8. 84gmcjimmy

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    not the basic functions, I want to know about every part and why it needs to do what it does and what happens when it needs replacing, etc. I know they are simple in a way, I just want to know as much as I can aboot it.
     
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    In my mind thats were you get a little grey. Not every engine has the same every piece. They all eventually do the same thing, but not in the same ways. You need to pick one engine if you want an every piece breakdown, IMO.
     
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    one cylinder at a time..

    Go to a dump and get an old lawnmower..one that isn't "blown up" if possible..thats how my sickness of fixing engines started.:rolleyes: .once you have one to dissect and re-assemble,it all becomes easy to understand..you can read theory all day for weeks,and still know squat..its much easier to figure out how it works with a working model in your hands..:crazy:
     
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    I'd say go with diesel4me, or find a realistic model at your local hobby shop. That's cool too, because when you get done you can be proud of it, and keep it on the shelf!
     
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    What I'm understanding is thats not what he's looking for, not theory.
     
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    http://travel.howstuffworks.com/rotary-engine.htm :D


    in my high school auto class a student made a teaching aid that was basicly a plexyglass engine that ran on propane with a weak seal so it didnt blow itself apart, i pretty much learned the basics there on engines, but yeah the howstuffworks.com people seem to know their stuff
     
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    Suck
    Squeeze
    Bang
    Blow

    What else do you need to know????
     
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    Petersen and Haynes both have engine manuals that feature lots of pics and explanations of all the different parts. Most any of the "How to rebuild an engine" books will give you insight. Get one for small block Chevy, that way you can use the engine you already have. Have fun. When I was in the 5/6th grade I would go the library every week, check out one of the BIG Chilton manuals and read it cover to cover. That's a good start.
     
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    thanks 3 on the tree I will look into that.

    Bob I will find a gas lawnmower engine and play with that. sadly my dad used to have 5 or 6 lawnmowers I could have taken apart but they are long gone now.

    Thank
     
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    Now if you're looking for a really fun learning experience.... get an old 4 stroke dirtbike/quad. Then you can play with an engine, clutch, and transmission :)

    When I was in high school, me and a friend would plop down about $50-$100 every couple months for some old POS bike, rip it apart, put it back together, and then drive the piss out of it until it died. Good times.
     
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