You might be a Motorhead if…..


You might be a Motorhead if you have a piston from a 28 cylinder Pratt & Whitney R-4360 ‘Wasp Major’ radial as a coffee table ornament in your home.  Doesn’t everyone recognize tasteful interior decorating when they see it?



Above, a R-4360 piston. Forget the 5.75″ bore, this engine had a 6″ stroke to go with it, and that piston had 27 angry siblings working with it, all fed by a combination of supercharging and turbocharging.  Each piston is 156 cubic inches of displacement, the motor is seventy-one liters. This particular piston flew at Reno in the Unlimited Sea Fury “Dreadnaught”. It was a gift from a Corvair builder who was a member of the planes pit crew.  The little piston riding piggy back is a 2,850cc Corvair piston.




2 Replies to “You might be a Motorhead if…..”

  1. I have seen pistons like that (OK maybe smaller) used as airport ash trays when smoking was still an allowable behavior. Not the mos functional but not prone to tipping.

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