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When Good Motors Go Bad

Posted in Bizarre, Diesel, Engines, FAIL, General by Kurt Ernst | March 25th, 2010 | 3 Responses |

I once had a chance to drive a full size Volvo tour bus in the UK. The most memorable bits of my experience? First, I managed to drive the bus through streets no wider than a driveway without hitting anything or killing anyone. Second, redline on the diesel motor was 2,500 RPM.

I’m a bike guy and a sports car guy; motors, in my experience, don’t even come on cam until three grand and higher. The concept of shifting at 1,000 RPM just blows my mind.

In any case, here’s what happens when you put a diesel motor on a dyno and over-rev the crap out of it. Things go from bad to worse very quickly, and I’m glad to be watching this from a safe distance. Connecting rods, fired from an exploding engine, definitely leave a mark if they hit you.

Source: BangShift

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3 Responses

  1. DaveMofo says:

    That was AWESOME.

  2. Kurt says:

    Yeah, but I doubt the shop monkey who got stuck mopping oil and picking metal shards out of drywall would agree…

  3. DaveMofo says: