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Old 09-24-2013, 02:02 PM
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Adams-Farwell: An automotive oddity

This is one of the more obscure with a unique 5 cylinder engine that rotates around a stationary crankshaft.


Adams-Farwell - YouTube

This is the ONLY 'Adams-Farwell' automobile left in existence.
They were made in Dubuque between 1890-1913. This one uses
a 50 HP rotary engine similar to engines in old airplanes. With
50 HP, it probably really scooted down the roads back then !

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Old 09-24-2013, 03:09 PM
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Very few people know what a true rotary engine is.
I quit getting into arguments with guys insisting a Wankel is a rotary, and insisting WW1 LeRhone aircraft engines are radial. Once you prove they are wrong, they don't like you ever again.
That is a cool video of a running rotary, it seems with that much rotating mass things can go very bad very quickly....and I wondered how the airplanes handled all the gyroscopic effect.

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