|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.
plans set consists of 16 sheets of drawings and 2 sheets of
construction and assembly notes.
Flywheel Dia.: 3.33", Cylinder Bore:
.5", Piston Stroke: .7", Engine Length: 6.25", Height:
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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