FEATURING EXTRA PHOTOS!

The project featured on this page was built over a two and a half year period in the Craftsmanship Museum machine shop. We have provided more photos than normal as a teaching experience. Not every viewer may want to enlarge every photo, but those interested in learning about building engines will find doing so instructive and, hopefully, inspiring.

The Internet Craftsmanship Museum Presents:

Building a Howell V-4 IC engine

The Foundation machine shop's second engine project is now running

Here are several photos of the finished 90° V-4 in May, 2010. The engine has a solid look to it and is beautifully machined and finished. We chose not to paint our version of Jerry's engine. This engine ran for the first time March 16, 2010. See below for links to video of both engines in action. (Click on a photo to view a larger image.)

Video of Jerry's Engine Running

Click on one of the images below* to view a video of the engine being started and run. Jerry disconnects the battery so the starter becomes a generator that lights two light bulbs and then revs the engine. 60 seconds.

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Engine Specifications

Designer: Jerry E. Howell, Colorado Springs, CO

Type: 4-cycle, water cooled, twin cam, 90° V-4

Size: 7.6" L (with radiator) x 5.75" W x 7.07" H (on skid)

Displacement: 1.95 cu. in. (32 cc)

Bore: .875"

Stroke: .812"

Flywheel Diameter: 3.0"

Carburetor: 2 jet

Ignition: Hall effect distributor

Fuel: 30% white gas/70% methanol

Project began: 09/25/07

Video of the Joe Martin Foundation's Engine Running

"First Pop" was March 16, 2010

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Past and future—Jerry Howells' V4 sits in front of our first project, the Seal engine. (Click on photo to enlarge.)

The Howell V-4 Engine Project

(L to R) In October, 2007 Jerry Howell visited with shop craftsman Tom Boyer and founder Joe Martin. Jerry stopped by the museum for a visit and brought the prototype V4 with him to inspire us. We regret to add that Jerry passed away on August 29th, 2009 before seeing the first running of the Foundation's Howell V4.

The Joe Martin Foundation began construction of a second internal combustion 4-cylinder engine in September, 2007 and it is now finished and a part of the museum's collection in Vista, CA. We obtained a set of plans from Jerry Howell and Tom Boyer of the museum's shop once again acted as both lead machinist and job coordinator. We invited a few model engineers from around the world to participate in this project with us. A list of those who helped out with parts can be seen below, but the great majority of the engine this time was built by Tom Boyer. If you have questions or comments you may contact Tom at the number or e-mail address below:

Phone: (Tuesday through Friday, 9 AM-3 PM, Pacific)--(760) 727-9492

e-mail: terry@craftsmanshipmuseum.com or tom@craftsmanshipmuseum.com

These photos show Jerry's finished V4 prototype. Note the finned (but non-functional) alternator running on the belt drive in the 3rd detail photo. Finishes on Jerry's model are so perfect this is going to be a tough act to follow. (Click on any photo to view a larger image.)

Our thanks to those who contributed...

A US Quarter Dollar coin is used for size reference in some part photos. (Click on any photo to view a larger image.)

BUILDER NAME/DETAILS COMPONENTS BUILT

Jerry Howell, Colorado Springs, CO

Designed engine, drew CAD plans and built first running prototype. Jerry is shown at the left holding the prototype V-4, which gives a good idea of its size.

Jerry's nice looking  (and running) prototype

Tom Boyer, Escondido, CA

Tom is the museum shop foreman and resident craftsman. He will machine the block, make small fittings and parts as needed and do final assembly.

Tom holds the billet of aluminum that will become the engine block.

Joe Martin, Oceanside, CA

The museum's founder, Joe created a machine and a program to grind the two camshafts on a specially modified Sherline CNC mill.

Joe is shown making helical distributor gears for the Seal project.

Bob Seigelkoff, Hayward, CA

Project: Four aluminum pistons plus a fifth for a spare.

Adam Krichbaum, West Lafayette, IN

Project: Engine/Radiator Mounting Skid Rails--CNC machined

Dave Eggert, Mission Viejo, CA

Project: Air Cleaner

Pam Weiss, Vista, CA

Project: Fan blade programming (waterjet cutter) and cutting

Larry Simon, Carlsbad, CA

Project: Assorted tools and fixtures

Craig Libuse, San Marcos, CA

Project: Oak engine display stand

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Plans  available for the Howell V-4 and other interesting engines

If you’d like to build your own Howell V-4, this and other engine plans can be found at Jerry Howell's site at www.jerry-howell.com. Jerry was kind enough to contribute a set of plans to the foundation for this build, but you can obtain your own complete set for $63.00 plus $2.00 shipping/handling. Included are 64 sheets of CAD plans plus 5 pages of building notes.

Here are photos of the Howell V-4 engine in progress:

(Click photos to view larger images. This section is oriented with the oldest photo at the top and the most recent at the bottom so you can follow the build from beginning to end.)

This is what we are shooting for. Here are some excellent photos of Jerry Howell's completed V-4 that can be found on his web site at http://www.jerry-howell.com/V-Four.html. Eventually these photos will be replaced with ones of our own completed engine. Compared to the photos at the top of the page, these photos show the longer rails (cut on a Sherline CNC mill) and generator at the end of the engine. Mounted on the end of the generator is a small LED engine hour meter. Jerry also made some tilting covers to keep "rain" out of the vertical exhaust pipes.

September 19, 2007

Ya gotta start somewhere... Here is the block of 7075 aluminum Pam cut out on Sherline's FlowJet water jet cutter. A US Quarter shows size. It will become the engine block of the V-4. Tom is seen holding it here in hopes we will soon be able to take a similar shot of him holding the completed block and eventually the completed engine.

September 25, 2007

The billet of material has been squared up to size and is shown in the first photo bolted to a fixture on a faceplate while the crankshaft hole is bored. The second photo shows the other side of the block after the flange on the second side has been turned and the two internal counter-bores have been added.

October 4, 2007

1. One of the surfaces for the head has just been cut smooth with an end mill and finished with a fly cutter.

2. The cylinder holes on the first side are drilled to make a clearance hole for the boring tool.

October 5, 2007

1. A boring tool is seen bringing the cylinder holes to size.

2. Both cylinder holes on the first bank are completed. The scribed line in the red Dychem shows where the second face will be machined for cylinders 3 and 4.

October 9, 2007

1. Tom has machined the second cylinder head flat, and now the block is beginning to take on the "V" shape. A drill is set to make the clearance hole to bore the second bank of cylinder holes.

2. A boring bar is used in the mill to open up the cylinder holes to exact size.

October 9, 2007

The block with all 4 cylinders bored.

October 19, 2007

The block is mounted to a large faceplate on the lathe and a dial indicator is used to find the center of the cylinder holes. The second photo shows the block removed from the faceplate after each cylinder hole has been counter-bored.

The bottom of the block as of late November shows the access to the crankcase. At this point about half of the original material has been removed.

This setup on the Sherline mill was used to open up the five lightening holes called for in the intermediate cam gear. The holes were first drilled and then (as seen in the photo) a 3/8" end mill was used to true them up. The plans for the part can be seen in the background.

December 26, 2007

1. Machining the spark plug hole and counter bore at a compound angle. The silver vise is being held at a 12° while the head on the mill is tilted to 8°.

2. Using a ball end mill to form part of the combustion chamber.

3. A different angle of view for the above process.

The head with spark plugs installed seen from what will be the top side.

From the bottom side you can see tow pairs of holes for the valves and the spark plug holes nestled between them.

January 3, 2008

Photo 1 shows a small end mill being used in the Sherline 2000 mill to cut the cooling slots in the top of the head.

Photo 2 shows the two heads with the cooling slots cut.

January10, 2007

This setup shows the radius on the end of the rocker arm brackets being cut using the rotary table. Note the special clamp Tom made to hold the brackets during machining.

The finished rocker arm brackets. After machining, a couple of passes on a stone or piece of fine sandpaper on a flat surface remove the machining marks and allow the part to transition smoothly from flat sides into the radius.

January 24, 2008

One of the heads with rocker arm brackets and spark plugs installed.

Bob Seigelkoff made these four aluminum pistons plus a spare.

Tom Boyer machines a round boss on the distributor drive housing/camshaft end cover using a rotary table on the museum shop's Sherline Model 2000 mill.

January 30, 2008

The finished distributor drive housing (L) and camshaft end cover is shown before and after it is split. The two halves will be installed separately side-by-side on the finished engine using two common bolts in the center.

February 7, 2008

The distributor spark advance arm was milled from a solid piece of brass. The curve in the upright portion was done using the rotary table.

February 8, 2008

The brass distributor housing was completed and the spark advance arm seen above is now attached with two small screws.

February 20, 2008

The completed distributor and drive unit is shown assembled and disassembled.

February 21, 2008

The body of the brass oil pump inlet elbow is being milled to the 1/8" OD using the rotary table.

Two different views show the completed oil pump inlet elbow. Though small, this part required a number of different machining operations. The finished elbow is smaller than a dime.

March 10, 2008

The timing gears are complete thanks to some help from Fred Smittle. They were made utilizing a Sherline mill and P/N 8700 CNC rotary indexer.

The air cleaner cover has been completed by Dave Eggert of Mission Viejo, CA and he sent photos of the part. He is still working on some of the brass fittings for the cover and we won't need it until the engine is completed, so for now we just have his photo to enjoy, but it looks like he did a really nice job.

March 20, 2008

The front face of the block has been relieved, leaving an oval boss. The front cover exactly matches this shape and also has a raised circular area that fits into a matching countersunk area of the block in front of the main bearing. The second photo shows the cover in place but not bolted on. These operations required several different setups on the rotary table to cut the oval shapes. So you beginning machinists won't feel bad, Tom had about four hours of machining in the cover the other day and stopped to take some video of the curve being cut on the rotary table. Distracted by trying to shoot video while making the cut he turned the handwheel the wrong way, scrapping out the part. We won't be showing that video...

April 10, 2008

Tom snapped the left-hand photo while the block was still mounted to the Bridgdeport mill table. The sides of the block are shown being milled away, removing the hold-down fixture holes used earlier and finally leaving the classic "V" shape profile. The second photo shows the block after it was removed from the mill and the sharp corners were broken slightly with a file. The raw block of 7075 aluminum started out at a weight of 6.32 pounds. At this point it now ways just 1.42 pounds. Almost 5 pounds of metal has been removed by the many machining processes over the past seven months. With this many hours of work invested in one part, each operation is approached with great care, as Tom would definitely not want to have to start over now. Refer back to the earlier photo taken on 9/19/07 of Tom holding the raw billet block to see how far it's come.

May 12, 2008

Dave Eggert sent in the completed air cleaner cover and mounting components. Although we are still a ways from being ready to mount them, it is nice to add them to the parts collection. The finishes are really beautiful. Nice job Dave!

Meanwhile, Tom has been working on the eight aluminum rocker arms and they are completed too. The last photo shows the fixture Tom used in the rotary table to machine the outer shape of the rocker arms with their rounded ends.

Progress on the block continues. Shown also are some of the many fixtures Tom has had to make to complete parts and operations.

May 16, 2007

Today's mail brought Adam Krichbaum's CNC machined and polished rails that the engine and radiator will eventually rest on. Nice job.

June 6, 2008

Tom has been working on the radiator for a couple of weeks. The tedious part is making the eight brass, finned rods out of square bar stock. Many grooves are cut using the parting tool and then a hole is drilled down the middle from each end. A top and bottom tank are then made to connect all eight finned rods. Aluminum side pieces bolt to the top and bottom tanks to act as a support. Photos show the fins being cut on a Sherline lathe, the assembled eight finned rods with bottom tank, the top tank and the full assembly placed on a set of plans.

The final assembly shows the aluminum side supports bolted in place. The radiator assembly is now almost ready for soldering to seal it.

June 13, 2008

The radiator lower mounting brackets were fabricated and the radiator can now be bolted onto the frame rails.

July 30, 2008

The connecting rods were just completed, and Tom's photos are shown here. They are a split base type rod because the V-4 arrangement of this engine has the two banks of pistons directly opposite each other as on a double V-twin motorcycle arrangement. Because the crankshaft is built up inside the case, the bases of the rods do not need to be split and bolted back together. Bronze bushings will be pressed in to provide a wear surface.

August 28, 2008

(Photo 1) The aluminum connecting rods now have their bronze bushings turned and pressed in. (Photo 2) Tom is  turning the four steel piston sleeves that will be secured in the block using O-rings. The closest cylinder hole in the block has a sleeve in place, while the other sleeve is displayed outside the block. A US Quarter is used for size reference.

September 9, 2008

Bronze valve guides have been machined for the block and head--8 each plus a spare. The plans actually call for the pushrod guides in the block to be square, but they were easier to make round, and that's the way they are on Jerry's prototype, so Tom made them that way too.

October 10, 2008

The built-up crankshaft is now in progress. The flywheel, collet, pulley and nut are shown assembled in the first photo with the other three pieces of the crank laid out behind it. The second photo shows all the parts separate. The crank elements will need to be machined to shape and drilled, and the pins that connect them must be turned to complete the crank.

November 19, 2008

The crankshaft counterweights have now been fully machined and it is shown ready for installation in the engine block. The second photo shows the crankshaft center bearing holder installed in the block. The final photo shows the crank installed in the block yesterday as a test, and it spins "smooth as butter," as they say.

The completed carburetor is shown by itself and with the air cleaner made by Dave Eggert installed.

January 30, 2009

Photo 1 shows the rocker arms with the rocker arm pins and ball bearings installed. Photo 2 shows the valves with the valve spring retainers ready to go.

 

March 5, 2009

1. Tom and Joe have decided to grind the camshafts in the conventional manner rather than use individually machined, glued-on lobes as the plans call for. This will give Joe another chance to try out the Sherline CNC cam grinder he developed and that was used to make the Seal engine camshaft. (Tom turned an extra set of blanks just in case......)

2. Eight stainless steel clevises and nuts for the pushrod ends with a US Quarter for size reference.

3. Pushrods have threaded ends to attach to the clevises.

4. The intake manifold casting was machined to fit and bolted in place between the heads. Here it is seen with the carburetor and air cleaner unit installed on top and one of the pushrods in place through the bronze guide.

April 8, 2009

Tom has finished the components of the oil pump. The gear teeth were cut from cold-rolled gear stock. The pump halves are assembled with four small socket head screws.

The pump was tested and run in by powering it with the Sherline lathe for a few hours. The intake hose is in the foreground. Coming from the left side of the pump itself is a stream of oil created by the interlocking pump gears.

April 24, 2009

The aluminum oil galley is shown with its brass plug. On the right is the galley installed between the block and oil pump.

Joe Martin is seen here setting up and using the Sherline cam grinder to finish the two overhead camshafts on Howell V4. Computer controlled axes move the camshaft back and forth and rotate it while the spinning grinding wheel takes them down to size and shape one pass at a time. Jerry's plans call for individual cam lobes to be pinned and glued onto the camshaft blank, but we decided to grind them in one piece. The next step will be to case harden the camshafts*, which Tom will do in the museum shop.

Watch a video of the cam being ground. The 18-minute video is presented in two parts in order to meet YouTube's 10-minute limit on video length. Click on the following links to view both halves: PART 1, PART 2.

Sherline is considering making a limited production run of this machine. Anyone interested?

* The first time around a mistake was made in the orientation of the cams on the shaft. When redoing them it was decided to harden the blanks first and then grind the cam lobes after hardening to provide a better finish on the cams. The second set of camshafts were turned from A2 tool steel and hardened to 60 Rockwell. The hardening process on the first set is detailed later (September 4th) in this section.

May 22, 2009

Pam Weiss programmed the fan blade profile into Sherline's Flo-Jet water jet cutter and cut five blades from a sheet of brass, leaving only a few small tabs to retain them in the sheet. Tom then cut the tabs and filed the blades to shape before putting the required foil curve into each blade using the fixture shown at the left. The first photo shows the straight blade before the vise is closed, and the second shows the curved blade after the vise was tightened.

The blades were glued and pinned into slots on the fan hub. The final photo shows the fan in place on the engine along with the pulleys.

Here is a detail of the fan pulley on its shaft before the fan was attached. The second photo shows the crankshaft pulley.

May 16, 2009

The oil pump pulley, collet and nut are shown as built and installed along with the other pulleys.

Larry Simon has been working on tooling for the engine. They are, starting at the top and going clockwise is the Piston Installing Tool, Cam Setting Tool, Flywheel Puller, Cam Positioning Sleeve, Cam Gear Setting Tool and Piston Ring Thinning Holder.

June 17, 2009

Tom has turned the 8 valve lifters and 4 wrist pins.

The cylinder liners were installed and the connecting rods installed on the crankshaft and connected to the pistons to make sure everything was in alignment. There are no rings on the pistons yet, so it turns over easily, but it did give Tom some relief knowing that everything lines up and works smoothly when the crankshaft rotates.

July 2, 2009

This shot is of the water pump parts. Starting at the 12 o'clock position and going clockwise: Main housing, water outlet, cover and pulley assembly consisting of the pulley, 5 rare earth magnets and 2 ball bearings and the black plastic cover. On the bottom is the mounting bracket followed by the impeller assembly consisting of the impeller, shaft and 5 rare earth magnets, and finally the water inlet. In the center above the dime is the cutwater. The magnets in the pulley drive the impeller by magnetic attraction, thereby eliminating the need for a shaft seal. (See Jerry Howell's drawing.)

The first photo shows the assembled Positive Crankcase Ventilation (PCV) valve with O-ring in place. The second photo shows the individual parts that make it up. (Left to Right) Check valve disk, breather top with brass valve with disk travel limiter installed and finally the breather bottom and check valve body assembly.
Tom's highly polished tapered megaphone exhaust tips depart from Jerry's prototype. These give a racier character to the somewhat industrial looking engine. We also liked the way the first one sounded on the Seal engine. It is not likely to be mistaken for a sewing machine.
July 23, 2009

The water pump is now soldered and assembled. the second photo shows it temporarily in place on the engine, along with the fan.

Here are some of the many fixtures Tom has built in order to make parts for the engine.
August 20, 2009

The original plan was to buy finished piston rings and grind them to the proper thickness. It was then decided that they should be made in-house, so Tom turned these from cast iron and heat treated them using Sherline's heat treating oven. The usual practice is to make about twice as many as you need, as they do have a tendency to break. Hopefully these surviving 15 rings will be enough once final assembly begins. The rings are .875" in diameter and .040" thick.

September 4, 2009—Heat Treating the first pair of Camshafts. (A subsequent pair was heat treated prior to grinding the lobes.)

Photo 1—The cams are clamped in their holding fixture ready for heat treating

Photo 2—Tom inserts the fixture into the heat treating oven

Photo 3—The heated fixture with the cams glowing bright read is brought out of the heat treating oven. Notice this time Tom is wearing welding gloves. It is HOT when you are close to the open oven door.

Photo 4—The cams are plunged directly into the Kasenit heat treating powder and allowed to sit until a coating melts to the surface.

Photo 5—The still-glowing fixture soaks in the Kasenit powder.

Photo 6—After scraping off most of the clumped-on powder clinging to the cams, the fixture is returned to the oven to once again be brought up to a bright red color. The excess powder is burned off.

Photo 7—Tom removes the red-hot fixture from the oven one final time and plunges it into the waiting water tank to cool. The cams must be lowered in straight so one side doesn't cool faster than the other in order to keep them from warping. Surprisingly little steam is created in the process.

Photo 8—The finished heat treated cams are ready to be removed from the holding fixture. They needed a lot of cleaning up, and after all this work it was determined that due to a g-code error in the cam program the lobes were incorrectly positioned.

Cam Blanks

November 6, 2009

The second time around we tried a different approach. Instead of case hardening the surface, blanks were turned from A2 air-hardening steel and wrapped in stainless steel foil. They were then brought to 1745° in the heat treating oven. A small piece of paper was placed inside the foil with each blank, its purpose being to burn up and remove any oxygen trapped inside the foil. The second set is shown here hardened and ready for grinding. The ends have already been centerless ground to size in Sherline's grinding shop. A wooden blank was turned from a dowel, and it will be used with a 4" sawblade in place of the grinding wheel to test the cam program to make sure it is correct this time before grinding the steel blanks.

The finished cams

November 11, 2009

After finding is simple G-code error Joe made some changes and  ground the first blank on the Sherline CNC cam grinder. It came out perfectly this time. Tom finished up the second cam, which was a relatively quick process now that the code was dialed in. The cam gears will be pressed on tomorrow. Getting the cams ground was the last big hurdle to be crossed before final assembly. We're getting close now.

December 16, 2009

Preliminary assembly of the whole engine was done to test-fit all the parts. The piston rings and cams are now installed, and everything turns smoothly. Soldering the radiator parts together will be the next project. It has taken over two years to get to this point, but the "first pop" is within sight now.

December 30, 2009

The 8 brass bars making up the radiator are mounted to an aluminum plate and paste solder is applied to the joints on the top plate and bottom tank. Heat is applied to back of the aluminum plate with a propane torch. Tom has placed small strips of solder on top of the fixture at two points on each side. Per Jerry's suggestion, when the solder melts into a ball (photo 3), the solder on the joints of the radiator is also melted. Heat was removed at that time. Once again, Jerry's suggestion worked great.

December 31, 2009

The top tank is placed in the fixture and paste solder is applied to the joint. Once again the fixture is heated with a propane torch. The photos show that the sample piece of solder has not yet melted. This part went faster, as only the top part of the plate had to be brought up to temperature.

January 5, 2010

The completed radiator was tested with air pressure while submerged under water. A small initial leak around the bottom hose fitting was found and that joint was resoldered. The radiator now holds pressure, the side plates are ready to be attached. The second photo shows the radiator installed on the rails in front of the engine.

Here is an overall shot of the engine and radiator in the preliminary assembly stage. Once all fits are checked, the engine is ready to be disassembled, some parts bead blasted and others painted so the engine can be reassembled for the final time. We're getting close now!

January 21, 2010

All the parts are shown here laid out prior to final assembly. Actually, there are a lot more individual parts than you can see here, because the carburetor, distributor, oil and water pumps, radiator and other assemblies were not taken apart for the photo. The block and some of the other parts have been bead blasted to give a cast look, the rest are left with a natural or polished finish. The next stop—a bunch of parts become an engine at last.

February 3, 2010

Tom has installed the heads, crank, pistons and rods and hooked the flywheel up to a pulley from the Sherline lathe to let the engine run for a few hours to seat the piston rings.

March 11, 2010

The engine and radiator have been reassembled and mounted on a temporary "breadboard" to connect the electrical components for a first firing. Right now Tom is checking all the electrical connections to see why the timing light doesn't light. Bad Hall sensor? He is also working on constructing a throttle linkage. We are pretty close now. Once the engine is running, Craig will make a final oak display base and the electrical components will be mounted underneath out of sight.

Tom fine tuning the Howell V4 on one of its very first runs.

March 16, 2010--SUCCESS!

To see a 4-1/2 minute video on YouTube documenting the "first pop" of the engine on March 16th and the first extended run on March 17th, CLICK HERE. A short 30-second video can also be seen by clicking on any of the three links below. (We suggest you right click on the filename and select "Save Target As" in the dialog box to save the file to your desktop or "My Videos" folder before playing it. It will play smoother from your own computer than if you just click on it and stream it over the Internet.)

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Congratulations to Tom Boyer and all who helped for a fine job! The engine is now on display in the Craftsmanship Museum in Vista, CA and will be started and run for any visitor who wants to see and hear it in action. The final steps will include a throttle and advance linkage and an attractive display base.

A note from Jerry Howell's family

On behalf of me and my family, we would like to congratulate you and your team on the successful build and run of the Howell V-4. I know Dad was honored to be inducted into your list of craftsman and again when you chose to build his V-4.

Dad cannot express his gratitude personally, but again on behalf of my mother Edith, sister Sherry, brother Roger and myself, we would like to say a big "Thank You" to the Craftsmanship Museum for all you have done to share and promote his work and his legacy.

Sincerely,
Allen Howell & Family

More Howell Engines by Other Model Engineers

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Dave Sage's Howell V8 Project

  Photos: Dave Sage

Jerry Howell's design began as kind of a "double V-twin" to make a V4. Dave Sage has taken it to a new level by doubling up on Jerry's design to make the design into a V8. Naturally, he had to make his own modifications in order to support the longer built-up crankshaft. He also modified the camshafts to change the timing and firing order to be like a Chevy small-block V8 "just for the heck of it."  In these early photos taken soon after it ran for the first time it is running a single carburetor. Dave says that engine speed is limited now and to get more RPM out of it he will probably have to add more carbs. Our only regret is that while Jerry Howell saw the start of this project, he didn't live to see this ambitious extension of his original design finished and running. It looks like Dave did a first class job that Jerry would have approved of.

VIDEO(1/5/11, 8.7 Mb)

VIDEO(3/21/12, 7.9 Mb)

Click on the word "VIDEO" at the left to see the engine running in single carburetor configuration. (8.7 MB .WMV file, posted 1/5/11)

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Terry Mayhugh's Howell V4

  Photo: Terry Mayhugh

Terry started this project—only his second IC engine—a little after the Craftsmanship Museum started our version. His first was a Howell V-twin. It took Terry about 3000 hours over two years to complete this one, but he did a fantastic job. It not only looks good but runs great too. Castings for the manifolds were unavailable, so Terry machined his from the plans. Note also the effective base and innovative gas tank.

See Terry's YouTube video of the second run of the engine at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEWLgS1Q9eY&feature=youtu.be

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