Monday, June 21, 2010

CPotD #112 (The Pressure's On Now)

So I was reading the Hemmings Blog this morning as I do nearly every day, and lo-and-behold my last Wacky Wednesday CPotD is shown in their Four-Links posting, and the fact that I’m now back to posting CPotDs was mentioned. Now I’ve REALLY got to be consistent.

Today’s Motor Monday photo is the second engine being ferried about by the MuseumBrier. It was GM’s attempt at making a modular corporate engine based on the Corvair engine’s features . Note the separate heads (headettes?), rocker covers, and intake adapters. Coincidentally, Hemmings has a better photo in one of their posts here.

I tried to find out more about this engine, but the best I could come up with on the web was a photo of the engine with a display board shown at the 2008 Corvair Performance Workshop. Here's a close-up of the display board portion. I’ve transcribed an excerpt.

“Modular two and four cylinder engines were tested in subcompact 2 and 4-passenger cars built by Chevrolet and Fisher body. Both the four and six cylinder engines were in R&D’s front drive Corvair program, and six-cylinder units were included in the plans for several Chevrolet-powered military vehicles. Even the Monza GT experimental coupe’s first engine was a modular six with fuel injection.

Development on the modular engine concept continued into the mid-60’s, including plans to use the six cylinder version like the engine displayed here in ’64 production Corvairs. The financial success of the modular engine concept was predicated on use of the designs in other Chevrolet products and by other GM divisions. When those other applications did not materialize, development of this modular engine was phased out. The engine displayed here is one of three known to survive the Chevrolet scrap metal bin.”

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