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    Hi all,

    My name is Gary Hammond and I live in Macomb, IL. I've been working with IC engines since my grade school days and am now 70 years old! My formal education took me through college with a BS in Agricltural Mechanization. Then I enlisted in the Air National Guard and attended Aircraft Maintenance Officer school after which I was employed full time as Assistant Chief of Aircraft Maintance in my local ANG unit. It was during this time that I applied for, and later received, U.S. patent #3,672,172 entitled "Simplified Supercharged Internal Combustion Engine With Emissions Control".

    After that, I started my own retail business selling portable buildings and after a couple of years added several outdoor power equipment dealerships to my business. I have lots of experience with a large variety of engines in a large variety of applications. Then in 1994 I went to work for Caterpillar as a lathe operator and then as a research machinist at their "Tech Center" where I became involved in several inovative new engine technologies. I retired from Cat the end of 2005 and now only work in my own shop doing mostly custom machining, welding, fabricating, prototyping, and also experimenting with electro-mechanical devices. I also have a Bradley GT kit car that I have modified and personalized that requires some of my time.

    I have several ideas for engines that I haven't had a chance to explore due to time and money constraints, but would be willing to share in an open forum like this with other like minded people.

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    Gary Hammond,

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    Hello Gary,

    My name is Dane... Like you I started early thanks to my dad and uncle. I was the youngest in my state to hold 4 ASE certs by 17 yrs old. That quick start tought me a lot but shortly ended due to physical issues. I was forced to give it up professionally after only 7 yrs. I have since then been able to toy and experiment a little. I have what I think are some sold ideas for fuel induction and injection systems as well as improvements and a theoretical redesign of the breaking system. Many other ideas that I have no idea if they are possible.

    I joined this forum interested mainly in the Bedini monopole. I hope I can contribute to this as well. I have dug up a lot of good info on fuel additives and some other interesting info that will be worth sharing.
    I love your car.... Is the engine based on a Porsche or Subaru block?
    “The day when we shall know exactly what “electricity” is, will chronicle an event probably greater, more important than any other recorded in the history of the human race. The time will come when the comfort, the very existence, perhaps, of man will depend upon that wonderful agent.”

    Nikola Tesla

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    Hi Dane,

    Thanks for the response, The car is basically a modified 1967 VW chassis with a modified air cooled VW engine and Bradley GT body kit. I built the engine from mostly after market parts, and made some parts for it in my shop. It has a counterweighted crank, reground camshaft, 9 to 1 compression, heavy duty valve train, dry sump oiling, batch fired fuel injection, MSD ignition box and coil, lightened flywheel, heavy duty clutch, custom made exhaust, hand balanced piston and rod assemblies, 88mm pistons, and 69mm stroke. I built it for reliability as well as more power.

    It started out as a test bed for my patented internally supercharged engine. Everything worked as planned on that prototype except for the air/oil separator. I was never able to get the entrained oil removed from the air stream, so I tore it down to make several modifications and discovered it was about ready to blow! It had starved for oil too many times.

    At that point, I built up the present engine and decided to just enjoy the fun little car. I never have gotten back to the prototype engine, but I did get a two-cycle engine modified and running according to my patent. It works well!
    Gary Hammond,

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    That is awesome Im sure its a quick, sweet little ride. I look forward to future conversations and learning from your experience. I am in the middle of moving and trying to get all the parts for my first monopole build. My automotive projects have been on hold for a while due to lack of funds.
    “The day when we shall know exactly what “electricity” is, will chronicle an event probably greater, more important than any other recorded in the history of the human race. The time will come when the comfort, the very existence, perhaps, of man will depend upon that wonderful agent.”

    Nikola Tesla

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    Hi Gary, Nice Ride!

    She must sound wonderful; any sweet popping on downshifts looks like you had quite a bit of tigging to do on the exhaust build...? Oops sorry missed introductions. My name is Donato but friends call me Danny.

    I'm both a fan of bikes and cars hence my call-sign 888spo. I'm currently finalizing a project as well, on and off for the better part of 5years. Its an older 308 that had lots of internal issues but luckily the skin was in decent shape so carried it along as a long-term project... time and money. Nowhere near your level of complexity... mainly engine, suspension, braking, cooling rebuilds. Kept those parts as close to original as possible. Was trying to limit the improvements to non-visible changes; pistons, valves, flywheel. Machined out new fuel delivery system for the electronic upgrades and the assortment of new sensors for the new ECU. The car tips the scale at around 2600lbs and delivers 260RWHP. Not the quickest but damm fun to drive I do regret not building a new intake and dropping in DCNF's. the electronics are nice, but i would have gone mechanical in hindsight... will drop some pics in the coming days.

    I too like Dane jumped on this forum for the amazing machines Bedini has built over the years. Built a few successfully and and couple more i'm trying to get the kinks out of just wish i had more time on my hands to dabble and learn.

    Enjoyed your pics and reading your story.
    Tk. Care D./

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    Hi Danny,

    Quote Originally Posted by 888spo View Post
    Hi Gary, Nice Ride!

    She must sound wonderful; any sweet popping on downshifts looks like you had quite a bit of tigging to do on the exhaust build...?
    Thanks. The first exhaust I had on the current engine popped some on deceleration which I didn't like, so I changed to a different design which just gives a nice sounding down rack. It was a little to loud on both acceleration and deceleration, so I added more baffling and heat wrapped it as shown in the last photo. It sounds pretty good now, especially between 3000 and 6000 RPM!

    And yes, I did quite a bit of tigging on both the prototype exhaust and intake (shown in the first post), and also the exhaust shown in the last post.

    The 308 you're working on .........is that a Dino Ferrari?

    My ride weighs around 1600lbs, and I estimate puts out around 100HP at the flywheel in its current configuration.

    I too joined this forum because of the Bedini monopole I've been experimenting with.
    Gary Hammond,

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    I am not at all surprised that us gear heads are drawn to Bendini's tech. As I understand it John Bedini is a bit of a gear head himself.
    “The day when we shall know exactly what “electricity” is, will chronicle an event probably greater, more important than any other recorded in the history of the human race. The time will come when the comfort, the very existence, perhaps, of man will depend upon that wonderful agent.”

    Nikola Tesla

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    Hi Gary, did you gain any mid-range by adding the baffles, I'm kinda impartial to the popping, those one-off pops that sound more like un-synchronized back-fire i can live without, but dropping it into 2nd from 7000rpm while coming around a bend and listening to the exhaust notes, well let me just say i'll leave my fuel mapping just the way it is Its pretty cool when some guy pulls up next to me to let me know how he enjoyed the music and the fire display

    its a 83 / 308. next series after the Dino, originally had the Bosch mechanical fuel injection setup. I stepped it up to a fully digital system, but like i said yesterday i would go backwards to the carbs from a Dino in a heartbeat. Problem is i would need to fabricate a new intake, sounds like a winter project or in my case probably winter, spring and part of summer...

    Dane, Gary have you experimented with HHO?

    D./

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