Only this time better than ever! I did a test run this afternoon with the engine powering the flywheel for some resistance. There was one small problem early on where a shaft shifted due to set screws not being locked down, but once that was addressed, the new engine ran at just above idle for better than an hour with no issues. It just putt-putted along wonderfully while the gears, pulleys, and sprockets hummed happily away.
Probably 50% of the noise from the engine is from the exhaust. The engine itself, being a diesel, is a bit noisy with itâ€™s clack-clack and nock-nock business, but the exhaust is still very much a part of it. Even still, you can carry on a conversation next to it without shouting. And I suspect that, once the exhaust is run up the smoke stack as is currently planned, the noise will be reduced even more, leaving a clackity-ping-clacking engine to sit there and do its thing.
So all in all, I think it is a suitable engine for the olâ€™ girl.
Hereâ€™s a couple of videos of it in action. The glaringly stock red fuel tank is, of course, only for testing purposes. A more suitable one is soon to follow along with lots of flywheel guards and such. There's only one engine belt on at the moment, but there will be two once everything is finished up.
And the drivetrain on the engine side of the flywheel:
The New and Improved Black Cat... now with 25% more blather