A 1929 Ford Model A Open Engine

| 2/24/2011 4:52:09 PM

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Barney Kedrowski, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisc., fondly remembers when his dad brought an old Thunderbird engine home for Barney and his brother to play with and learn from. That memory inspired him to build his own open engine learning tool to help young people understand the fundamental operation of an internal combustion engine.

Using spare parts from a 1929 Model A engine, Barney built what he calls an "open running engine" that illustrates how an internal combustion engine works. Even better, he's left one of the four cylinders intact and the engine actually runs! Here's a video of Barney demonstrating the engine:



The experience of building and demonstrating the open engine has been very rewarding for Barney: