Monday, August 25, 2014

Left Handed Spanner: Two Strokes, One Heart

Did anyone notice the odd engine at the right-handed corner of the header up there ^^^ ? Anyone know what it is? Or can you figure it out? Heck, it might even be famous and I'm late to the party.  The story is that I had an unexpected opportunity to visit the redacted museum last year. The place was full of cool stuff, prototypes, cutaways, etc., but this strange engine totally jumped out at me. I've been promising Vince a writeup with a pile of photos, but time is the fire in which we burn, right?  The Left-Handed Spanner / What Am I double feature is a special column written by DT contributor Kaibeezy.
 
Take a few guesses and then we'll post up some photos. In my excitement, I didn't get much in the way of exterior shots, but you'll get the picture. Skol!

20 comments:

  1. It's a 1959 Saab Monster.

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  2. Fleetwood T. BroughamAugust 25, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    I don't know who you are, anonymous (If that's your real name), but you're fast.

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  3. anonymous, would you identify yourself please - it's really easy - you can even just type it in at the end of your comment

    are you the same anonymous who commented on the corolla and nasa van?

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    1. Actually, I'm a first time commenter. Will happy to post in the future under a nom de guerre TBD.

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    2. I think "Monster" or "Monsaabster" would work well! Kudos on figuring that one out quickly!

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    3. Monsaabster it is!

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    4. welcome - and with a name like that you are now obligated to comment on *every* saab post ;)

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    5. My sister dated a guy named nom de guerre. Never met him.

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    6. changed his name to "nom de plume", said it made him feel mightier, i dunno

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  4. A mutant corn popper inline six with the same number of power pulses per rev as a 4-stroke V12? What could possibly go wrong! That's not a question.

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  5. Well, I wasn't able to name the make but my guess was that it was some kind of custom engined Gogomobile, perhaps the highly regarded Dart. The engine looks like something only an Australian could dream up. But, more importantly, I did notice this engine and could help but wonder who built this beautiful lump and where it belongs. Looking forward to the write-up.

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  7. That's 2 three cylinder Sabb 2 cycle motors back to back to make one monster! I am surprised it doesn't lift the rear off of the ground!

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  8. 66hp of reckless dowdiness. It's enough to make an accountant undo his top button!

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  9. Here is a clip (see at 3:04) of the monster . Driven by a guy that looks like a Swedish version of Benny Hill (judging
    by the grinding noise he forgets to push the clutch in) but it sounds really cool, like a swarm of homicidal mosquitoes...
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SznQqyUsc-o

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  10. Great vid. Sounded like the go-kart i made as a kid: 2x4s, duct tape, lawnmower engine. Let's see the rest of the photos already.

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  11. Here's pic of the exterior of said car that I took at the redacted museum a few years ago. It's the red guy toward the rear. Of course, #283 is one of Erik Carlsson's more famous rally cars, a Monte Carlo winner.

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/al2xab06wmlk1a0/Twin%20engine%20SAAB.jpg?dl=0

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