The VIX vapour humidifier

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Model T Ford Forum: Forum 2016: The VIX vapour humidifier
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Nevin Gough on Sunday, February 28, 2016 - 05:40 am:

Does anyone else have one of these? This came off a 1926 Studebaker I once owned.

Invented by a Walter Critchlow of Wheaton Ill, he made great claims of all round power increase and great economy.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Nevin Gough on Sunday, February 28, 2016 - 05:46 am:

Popular Mechanics


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Royce in Dallas TX on Sunday, February 28, 2016 - 08:26 am:

LOL - it is a vacuum leak plain and simple. Even today there are people peddling useless garbage to the unwitting.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Charlie B actually in Toms River N.J. on Sunday, February 28, 2016 - 09:16 am:

A JC Whitney item if there ever was one!


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Nevin Gough on Sunday, February 28, 2016 - 09:49 am:

Maybe that is why Walter Critchlow ended up in court on Fraud charges in the mid thirties?


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Greg Adkisson on Sunday, February 28, 2016 - 02:37 pm:

There has been a lot of add on's over the years for water injection...just seems amazing that all my vehicles seem to have more power on a cool moist morning...not to be confused with high humidity...more oxygen = more fuel capabilities = more HP, but in the day one would have to play with the mixture!!! Not a feasible event with the fuel system.
That's why the NHRA likes Brainerd, MN for hopes of cool high density air...


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Royce in Dallas TX on Monday, February 29, 2016 - 09:34 am:

Unfortunately Greg you are incorrect. The physics are simple, and easy to understand, and universally taught at the professional and collegiate level.

Any drag racer wants what we call "Mine Shaft Air". This is air at low temperature, with zero humidity, at higher than standard pressure.

Things concerning atmospheric conditions that make 4 stroke cycle internal combustion engines slower are: moisture in the air, heat in the air, oil in the fuel / air mixture, and high altitude / low air pressure.

The very first place I ever drag raced was at Brainerd. I would do test and tune on Friday nights, and run in the NHRA class program on Saturday morning with the lower street classes. The first year I raced at Brainerd was 1974.


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