A local guy I bought some T parts from has this. I don't own it, but thought it was unusual.
It appears that there is a chamber to burn fuel that preheats the intake manifold for cold starts?
There is no brand name, only "patent applied for"
If it comes up for sale I'd like to be on the list.
Never seen anything like it, what's up with the spark plug in the side? Ignite the mixture before it even gets to the cylinders????
1923 Packard Motor Car Patent.
This invention relates to hydrocarbon motors and particularly to means for heating the mixture passing to the motor.
Could be good for the "Paris" flex fuel thing!!
Looks to me like a very early attempt at something like Smokey Yunick's hot vapor engine concept to me.
Would a spark plug work to ignite a puddle of kerosene? I'm thinking this thing may have been intended to preheat the manifold so you could cold-start a car on kerosene. Any other ideas?
Is it a spark plug or a glow plug used as a manifold heater? A spark plug in that location would cause a "kaboom" event that would not be too useful or repeatable.
The intake tube runs through the heating chamber so the intake gasses are heated but would not be in direct contact with the open flame. There is a sight glass on the side so you can see the fire, and a separate fuel inlet into the heater.
Any names on it?
Maybe allows you to burn kerosene with the use of a preheater? Makes more sense to burn some kerosene in the preheat chamber than to ignite gasoline.
It just says "Patent applied for". No brand name