Russell Sutton has proven once again that patience can trump all adversity. If you recall, the man has spent nearly five years constructing a nine-cylinder radial engine from a smattering of Honda single-cylinder XR600 thumpers. The last time we saw this beast, it ran briefly before succumbing to mechanical failure due to some lackluster cylinder sleeves. Now Sutton has resleeved each of the nine cylinders and has his creation running like a song with a little help from an MSD rev limiter.
Sometimes you meet folks who, when they tell you "Hey, I have an idea," your reflex response is to stop what you're doing and tell yourself, "Get ready...." We imagine Mike Niemans is one of those folks, and the idea in question is putting a tank engine on a Type 1 Volkswagen Beetle. Not just any old tank engine – as if there were such a thing when we're talking about putting them in cars – but a 668-cubic-inch, 220-horsepower radial engine built by Continental in 1941 and procured f
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