Miniature Chevy V8 Engine

Posted By Guest on September 10, 2009

Miniature Chevy V8 Engine

Master machinist Jim Moyer designed and built this 1/6th scale Chevrolet 327 cubic inch V8. Based on a 1964 365 hp Corvette motor, measurements have been taken from an actual engine for accuracy. Since this engine really runs, there is a spark ignition system, pressurized oil system and a cooling system just like its big brother.

Miniature Chevy V8 Engine

The newest video of the 1/6th scale Moyer Made Chevy V-8 based on a 327 cu in Corvette Motor. Everything is to scale, yes even the spark plugs and distributor.

I could see where a skilled engineer with one of these modern computer driven metal cutting devices could make scaled versions of parts... either larger or smaller. However, there are a couple of things that I wonder about...
1. Who made the scaled down spark plugs for him? spark plugs have a variety of components, not generally accessible to the public.
2. with everything scaled down, the one thing that does not scale down is the dynamic of the metals and the stress on certain components. Seems like some of the parts would be under more critical stress because they are thinner or narrower.
3. when you scale down the size of the alternator, distributor, points, alternator it seems there would be a direct reduction in output of these devices in either current, voltage, or resistance. What is the voltage, current, etc from these devices?
4. Gasoline explodes with a constant. He must have scaled the gas running through the carburator to sip at something less or more that 1/6.

In closing, this would be an incredibly fabulous engineering training tool... to have all of the parts of a V8 engine, scaled down small enough where you could build it at a small bench without the need for winches, jacks etc.
If I could find a real V8 or even a V4 down in scale like this to put together from pieces, I would be down to the store with cash in hand.