Here is another engine that ran flawlessly on the stand at the Zenith Open House, just two days ago. Jim did a very nice job putting together his 3,000 cc Corvair. It too only 2 seconds of cranking to go from collection of parts which had never run, to a living breathing motor on my test stand. I have seen this more than 500 times, but it never gets old. Witnessing another person’s personal moment of victory never does.
Jim is not a natural ham. I took about 15 tries to get this really good CMP. Most readers might think these moments should be more focused on careful engine monitoring, but truth be told, the engines do their break in with boring regularity and little supervision. The CMP is just a ritual used to pass the time on a break in run.