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    The Engine That Won World War II - Jay Leno's Garage

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    Wow, that is one impressive engine!

    This reminded me of a guy I knew years ago when tractor pulling was first getting really popular and guys started building some wild pulling tractors. He decided he wanted to build one using a WW2 Allison V12 aircraft engine. He found a couple at a government auction that had been in storage since the war. They were still like new, packed away in crates in cosmoline and had paperwork showing they had been inspected regularly ever since they had been put into storage.

    So he built a tractor using one and it was a big success, was a crowd favorite at all the tractor pulls. After a while, since he had another engine he decided to build another tractor using it. Building the second tractor went along fine, until they finished it and fired it up for a test drive. They were dumbfounded when it ran backwards!

    Seems these engines could be configured for either clockwise or counter-clockwise rotation and he had wound up with one of each. Just by luck he had picked the right one for the first tractor. For this one he wound up adding another gearbox to reverse the rotation of the output.

    I loved to hear these things run.
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    needs to be in a P-51
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    The Guthrie airport is about 15 miles from our house. Not long ago, there was a P-51 that flew out of that airport, and it would occasionally fly over our area. The growl of that Merlin is unmistakable; I always knew by the sound of the engine that it was the P-51. I was at a car show in Guthrie when I heard the Merlin growl; I just caught a glimpse of the plane as it approached the airport for a landing. One thing I would like to do is to take a ride in one of those babies; it would be worth a thousand bucks to me.

    Speaking of the Allison; I attended the national drag races in OKC back in 1956 or '57. There was a guy there that had a dragster he named "The Green Monster". It had an Allison aircraft engine which sounded awesome, but not quite like the Merlin. Anyway, I was told it had a direct drive, so it was a bit sluggish off the line, but the last half of the quarter mile was spectacular! There's nothing like being there.
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