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Vintage Stirling Cycle Engine Plans

"Vintage" is a 90 degree engine with a horizontal displacer cylinder and a vertical power cylinder. Connecting rods for both cylinders us a single crank pin. This makes for easy construction and interesting rod motion. The engine frame (blue) is made from aluminum plate, most of the rest of the engine is machined from brass or stainless steel bar stock. Most of the brass parts were nickel plated, but that is not needed in any way - just cosmetics to suit me!

Vintage makes a perfect power source for the Miser engine. As such, it is water cooled and a belt powered water pump circulates the warm water through a ring that Miser sits on and back through the engine again. This powers the Miser while the Miser becomes the cooling "radiator" for Vintage! Just about any other simple radiator can be used such as a 10 foot loop of vinyl aquarium air line tubing, etc!

The plans include the entire engine as shown, but with a more appropriate water pump design than the one I used, a heater ring to operate a Miser engine and an alcohol burner (not shown). The sole exception is a straight spoke flywheel machined from solid which is similar to the one on the "Vickie", "4-In-1" or "Beamer" engines. An optional curved spoke zinc alloy flywheel casting shown on the above engine photos is available below from time to time.

Vintage runs very easily on a tiny 1/4" diameter by 1/4" high alcohol or propane gas flame.

The plans set consists of 16 sheets of drawings and 2 sheets of construction and assembly notes.

Specifications: Flywheel Dia.: 3.33", Cylinder Bore: .5", Piston Stroke: .7", Engine Length: 6.25", Height: 4.5"  
Experience Level
: 6

Materials Set: (1) 5/8" diameter x 1-1/2" long graphite rod to make piston, (1) 3/8" diameter x 1-1/2" long delrin rod for crosshead, (1) 1/4" diameter x 2" long delrin rod for bushing & small rod ends, (2) .187" ID x .375" OD x .125" thick precision ball bearings, (1) 4-40 x 1/8" socket head set screw, (1) 4-40 x 1/4" socket head set screw, (2) 2-56 x 1/4" stainless steel pan head screws.  Materials set sold separately.

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