Name That Part: Ultimate Obsession Edition

They have medication for that sort of thing, you know...
They have medication for that sort of thing, you know...

Yesterday, Name That Part was solved in minutes. Clearly, we’ve been too easy on you. Now, granted, p161911 (who I’m firmly convinced is either Borg or a Droid, with such a lovely alphanumeric name) did solve it by finding the site I used, which I personally think is blatantly cheating. In that situation, clearly, the honourable thing to do would be to commit ritualistic suicide. Having said that, I’ve been informed that my views really went out of fashion about a thousand years ago in Japan, so I’ll grudgingly grant p161911 the victory. I refuse, however, to grant a victory to Graverobber for his belief that the Gremlin A/C unit I posted actually belonged to a Ferrari. That’s just madness, and we won’t stand for it.
On to today’s Name That Part!
This is one of those examples that could take you a minute, if your obsession is in just the right spot. It could also take you years, if your Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is appropriately unmedicated. I showed this photo to an appropriately-obsessed friend, and he sorted it out in about a minute.
And, because you solved it so quickly yesterday, I’m not giving you anything more to go off of today. On your marks, get set, GO!
Mystery Part 5


    1. HEAD…I meant head, and I said BLOCK!!! STUPID! My car enthusiast’s license should be suspended for a month for that fuck-up. GOD! Idiot…

  1. Oh god dammit, how did I miss the last NTP? That’s a York/Tecumseh compressor. I work for an A/C parts distributor and I friggin had one of them on my desk last week. Could be for a Ford, BMW, Mercedes, Ferrari, etc.
    This one? I’m guessing a Ford modular V8 DOHC head.

    1. He’s still hanging out at [redacted]. I have been in Deutschland on business and missed the launch of this place… but I think I’ve found a new home – thanks to a comment over at [redacted] from Dr. Dangerously. Until I saw his link, I was really wondering where everyone went.

      1. Aww! Dr. H.F. Danger gave us link-love? Which post, so I can thank him for it?
        Oh, and welcome aboard, and welcome back from Deutschland. Hopefully the Nurburgring treated you well?

    1. haha… one of those ended up in the kitchen at work last week.
      It took every ounce of strength not to go for one of the remaining brownies.
      (though I did later attack the candy jar of a nearby customer service rep that afternoon)

  2. It looks a whole lot like a cylinder head from a GM 3.5/3.7 5 cylinder, but I am quite certain that it’s not. So, there ya go. I got nothing.

  3. looks like a Nissan e16 to me (guessing ofcourse)
    looks like a smaller engine (maybe 1.6) 4 cylinder 16 valve.

      1. Clearly you’ve got the victory on this one! Assuming you didn’t just find a matching picture, and you know what car it’s from. But give everyone else a bit of time to play, I’ll be giving you the win on tomorrow’s post.
        And thanks for being an awesome sport about it. 😉

  4. It’s some kind of SOHC cylinder head, probably an I4 or I6 with 4 valves per cylinder. I would guess Minsubishi Starion, but I think those had 2 valves per cylinder.

  5. My observations: 4 valves/cylinder, 4 cylinders/head aluminum-head OHC.
    It’s got at least 3 cylinders per bank, meaning it could be an I-4, I-6, V-6 through 12.

  6. Small_e did the hard work. Let’s just say I would love to have one in my driveway. I’m sure the rest of you would as well.

  7. OK I got it.
    FYI – it’s not SOHC it’s DOHC. The cam-tray bolts on top of this and is not shown.
    I’m thinking this thing 16V beauty sounds MMM-MMM-Good

    1. You are correct. I mistakenly guessed that it was SOHC before I knew what it was from, or realized that you’ll never get a spark plug in or out if it’s buried by the cam.

  8. I was a little late to this one, busy day at work.
    I’ll have to give an assist to lilwille on yesterday’s answer. He started me on A/C compressor route.
    P161911 is a gun thing. I came up with it years ago when I wanted a personalized, yet anonymous e-mail that could be used on resumes and anything else. If you know what it is, it is cool. If you don’t it is just a seemingly randomly asigned alpha-numeric code. Plus it is always available as a name on websites.

  9. I never win these. Hell, I never know what that part is. OK, this one I knew was a cylinder head. Yesterday’s I knew was some sort of compressor/pump part (I got stuck on power steering pump, and not AC compressor).
    However, it’s fun and informative! So, even though I’m on the verge of having to turn in my car guy card, and possibly my man car with it, I think we should keep doing this.
    Some day, I might recognize something. Like that retaining clip on the rear drum brakes from a 1987 Ford Crown Vic that I forgot to put back in.

    1. I am right there with you! I just don’t see how some of these guys know “Hey, man, that’s a hog ring clip from a 1962 Buick!”. It’s just so amazing that someone can not only know what it is, but where it’s from. Even cars I know well would be hard for me to identify piece by piece. I love it, and it’s a learning experience.

    2. That’s the beauty of this… the day that the retaining clip from a Crown Vic comes up, you’ll be the one edumacating everyone else.

  10. Man, am I a Luddite. The only vehicle I remember owning with an overhead cam was a Honda 350. I got no clue what this goes to, never had to mess with anything with overhead cams. I can see it’s DOHC, but that’s all.

  11. BMW s14 head, great engine. I was going to say M10 but the M10 had fewer valves per cylinder, and I do remember the plugs going in the middle, when last I banged on one.

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