I have been asked to put a build diary on here partly for the interest of others and also to keep me motivated to keep working on the project.
The story so far.... like most people I went to the lake a few years ago “just for a look” and was blown away by the place and all the weird and wonderful machines that ran out there, got a big rush of blood and wanted to have a go.
I had been fascinated by jets and turbine engines and though they may be worth a look. And the more I looked the more it seemed to make sense.
Eventually I settled on a Rolls Royce Nimbus engine from a Westland Wasp anti submarine helicopter that was used by many countries including the UK during the Falklands war.
The engine is rated at between 720 and 1050 shaft horsepower but has a few issues for use in a streamliner. The power output is underneath the engine, points forward and governed to a maximum output speed of 2250rpm.
More on this next time.
See cars and bikes being built for the salt
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