Building a hotrod is a feat. Building an engine—creating one from scratch—is lunacy. Glorious, inspirational lunacy. A couple of homebuilt engines have recently popped up on The Kneeslider, one of my favorite blogs. The most batshit crazy is an eight-liter, nine-cylinder radial built with pieces of Honda XR600 motorcycle engines. The second is a 694cc V-8 that the builder stuffed in a BMW motorcycle. Brilliant. Hit the jump for more info and videos.
Insane Aussies Ian Drysdale and Russell Sutton are piecing a 7893cc nine-cylinder radial together using Honda XR600 parts and a hand built crankcase. They say the thing will spin to 4,000 rpm. Power? Who knows and who cares. It’s a homemade radial engine. The engine is slated for an airboat.
Then there’s the little V-8 that could. This guy built a 694cc V-8 using Honda cylinder heads and his own crank case. Then he installed it into a BMW motorcycle. Just listen to it. It’s amazing.
I have tremendous respect for builders of any sort. But people who build their own engines earn my reverence.