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Cardboardetors… Did you mean: carburetors?
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57 responses to “Caption This!”

  1. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
    Peter Tanshanomi

    As much as Crosley's sheet-metal engine construction was maligned, the production version was actually much more robust than the design the engineers initially proposed.

  2. RevPiper Avatar

    Welcome to the new Jalopnik.

        1. Smells_Homeless Avatar

          The only response, brilliantly-executed. +1 indeed.

    1. lilwillie Avatar


    2. vwminispeedster Avatar

      I hope I don't make these editors cry and subsequently get banned like I did on the J.
      Just don't change the website layout. I popped back in apparently on the day the new layout was unrolled and sweet sassy molassy were there issues. I grew up on the J for a year or two but I've matured to the Hooniverse for all my quality car knowledge.

      1. Alff Avatar

        With all due respect to your loyalty, asshattery and Jalopnik seem to go hand in hand.

        1. Alff Avatar

          To what end? Do they aspire to legitimate journalism? Great, they'll corner the market in wang-based news and emerging product sting operations.

      2. Mr_Biggles Avatar

        Try it at It still comes up using the old layout for some reason.

  3. Black Steelies Avatar

    Science fair win.

  4. muthalovin Avatar

    When this motor starts smoking, you're done.

  5. Jo Schmo Avatar
    Jo Schmo

    This is perfect! I have been looking for a new motor to swap into my firetruck/submarine/tank/pirateship/spaceship/fort!

  6. RichardKopf Avatar

    This is similar to how GM designed the HT4100.

    1. dukeisduke Avatar

      Except this will be more reliable, and won't require periodic feedings of GM's version of Bar's Leaks.

      1. ptschett Avatar

        If you believe the Internets, even the Northstars are supposed to get that stuff. (When my dad and I changed the water pump on my mom's '98 Seville a few months ago we ignored that advice… but, my folks traded it for a shiny new CTS AWD 3.6L a few weeks later anyway.)

  7. IronBallsMcG Avatar


  8. OA5599 Avatar

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    Volvo unveils its latest powerplant.

  9. dukeisduke Avatar

    Wow, a box-er engine. Get it?
    /i kill myself sometimes

  10. Alff Avatar

    Every time I take this car to my mechanic, I get reamed.

  11. dukeisduke Avatar

    This is a clean sheet design.

  12. facelvega Avatar

    Pros: light weight versus displacement
    Cons: water-soluble

  13. James Avatar

    After Simoniz pulled it's sponsorship, BRE found itself in a serious budget crisis.

  14. skitter Avatar

    So simple you can fix it with duct tape.

    1. dead_elvis Avatar

      Too heavy. Scotch tape for the … win?

  15. mdharrell Avatar

    …Yes, I know, but they're still easier to tune than real Webers.

    1. P161911 Avatar

      This engine is a likely to run as a majority of British cars that came with Webers.

      1. BЯдΖǐL-ЯЄРΘЯΤЄЯ Avatar

        correction, Lucas electrics, the webers were ok

  16. Maxichamp Avatar

    HRT R&D center.

  17. lilwillie Avatar

    "Sir, your bearings are so worn down they are paper thin."
    "No shit?"

  18. P161911 Avatar

    The bad news is that you just presented an engine made out of cardboard.
    The good news is that, based on this engine, the Federal Government has agreed to buy 75% of your company for $3billion as part of a bailout deal.

  19. BGW Avatar

    Low Miles. Ran when folded.

  20. gearheadshirts Avatar

    Solid option for a cheap motor swap… until it rains.

  21. Tomsk Avatar

    Nissan announces a new common powerplant to be used on all of its 2019 models sold in California…

  22. Ambersand Avatar

    Not to get all serious for a min, but THIS is engine paper art!
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    /all above comments still apply

  23. Ambersand Avatar

    Put together with tape and glue, you sure this isn't built by Lotus?

    1. P161911 Avatar

      Couldn't be, too much bracing for the carbs.

    2. Alff Avatar

      Sir Colin's first rule, taken to the extreme.

  24. ZomBee Racer Avatar

    "Damnit Jeff,
    I said I wanted the new design on my desk this morning ON paper."

  25. tonyola Avatar

    Hooniverse finds the secret prototype for a new, more durable, and lighter engine that was planned for the 1975 Vega. It was cancelled because Chevy couldn't find a heat and oil-proof Magic Marker.

    1. jjd241 Avatar

      The paper duke?

      1. facelvega Avatar

        the paper pasha
        the cardboard count
        the (pin)wheel baron
        the leaks earl
        the junker (too obscure ?)

  26. Rust-MyEnemy Avatar

    Would have been better off with a crate engine.

  27. texan_idiot25 Avatar

    Recyclable engines, the new green technology.

  28. TK421 Avatar

    … and here we have the latest in british engine design.

  29. ptschett Avatar
    1. dukeisduke Avatar

      Yeah, whatever happened to the Polimotor, anyway?

      1. P161911 Avatar

        You got the intake manifold, the valve covers, and the radiator end tanks. Common sense prevail for the rest.

        1. ptschett Avatar

          Per a Design News article Is the Plastic Engine Close? there are folks looking at plastic for things as critical as water pump housings and turbocharger compressor wheels.

          1. P161911 Avatar

            I could see water pump housings, it would eliminate corrosion issues, but add crack issues. Compressor wheels sounds scary.

  30. RahRahRecords Avatar

    We all knew little Stiggy was a hoon when he turned this in as his 3rd grade art project.

  31. Lou Hall Avatar
    Lou Hall

    The most obvious craigslist scam ever!

  32. ɹǝʌoɹ ǝБuɐɹʇs Avatar
    ɹǝʌoɹ ǝБuɐɹʇs

    The Japanese… even their engines are origami.

  33. Alff Avatar

    I don't know why this idea didn't work out … it looked good on paper.

  34. nofrillls Avatar

    Cardboard dcoes…love it.

  35. texlenin Avatar

    Yep- that's an L-24/26/28 all right- even got the wiring loom in the right place.
    Triple Dellortos, btw
    Probably runs better than the one I have in Bessie now….