This “Stinger 609” supercharged V8 was built by Gary Conley, of Illinois, in 2011 (one of 12 built). Gary worked for years designing the patterns to build a scale Dodge Viper V-10 engine. A fire at the foundry destroyed all the patterns for his previous 427 V8 and the Viper project. After much despair, Gary was able to recover part of the pattern for the Viper block, shorten it to 8 cylinders, and begin work on a new engine.

After several more years more work, Gary was able to introduce the Stinger 609. It displaces 6.09 cubic inches or almost 100 cc and is the culmination of almost 30 years of knowledge gained in the designing and construction of model engines. The new Stinger possesses no parts used in prior V-8 engines. The bore is 1.00″, with a .970″ stroke. It weighs about 11.25 pounds and measures approximately 14″-long (from the front timing belt to the end of the transmission), 6″-wide, and 8-1/4″-tall.

The supercharged version shown here is about 10″ tall. Among the numerous innovative features like large oval shaped intake ports, “D” shaped exhaust ports, and investment cast parts, two bold attributes stand tall: the dry sump pressurized oiling system and a full ignition system. The engine even has a user replaceable oil filter and includes a built-in electric starter as standard equipment.

The Stinger 609 supercharged V8 engine.

Exhibit added: October 1, 2011 - Last modified: March 25, 2023

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