Watch This Engine Get Sliced in Half
If you know little about how your engine works, just grab one, take it apart and look inside. Or use a really big bandsaw.
We’ll be the first to admit that we’ve never seen an engine cut completely in half before. Sure, there are often cutaway engines sitting on stands at auto shows, but they’re never quite like this. As you can see in the video above, this is the result of taking a giant saw and running it right down the middle of an inline four-cylinder engine. There’s no better way to find out how something works than to take it apart. Of course, this method means it’ll never work again.
The father and son team at the What’s Inside? YouTube channel have made a hobby out of destroying things to learn their secrets, completely dismantling everything from a bowling pin to a DJI quadcopter drone. Most of the stuff they take apart is accomplished with a few home shop tools, but this engine required a bit of outsourcing. They loaded up the engine in the back of a truck, and hauled it to a much bigger shop with much bigger tools. There, they’re able to demolish it in a reasonable amount of time, with a giant band saw, some carbide blades, and a massive hydraulic press.
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It’s a little disheartening to find out that they know very little about what’s actually inside an engine, but this is a learning experience for all involved. Luckily, the duo have a friend on hand to help explain to them what the various pieces of the engine are, and what their purpose is. If you don’t really know much about your car’s engine aside from “push the start button and it fires up,” this might be a good time for you to learn, too.
Via [What’s Inside?, Motor Authority]