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Stirling Engine Answered

I have a 4.3l v6 that came out of a s-10 pickup.
 I was wondering if i could make it run on the stirling cycle? It is a 90 degree v6 so it should work, This is the only site i could think of to post this question on. I was thinking i would isolate the waterjackets to the right and left bank of cylinders then heat one side and cool the other. I am good with engines and am skilled in the garage. I'm just tinkering. Maybe run a generator with it if it runs. I have a welder, plasma cutter, ect and can use them. Just kinda throwin it out there...


The pistons are at the right angle from eachother, and I was thinking I would connect 1to2 3to4 and 5to6, cool 1,3,and 5, heat 2,4,and 6 I could then keep the stock crank and take out the valves and fill the guides, take off the rockers, and rods. As for frictional losses, if I took left the compression ring and replaced the others with leather gasket material or something similar that would reduce a lot of the friction. I've seen where guys have made a v twin run like this, it's the same, just with 4 more cylinders...

.  It might be possible, but it doesn't sound very practical. By the time you invest the resources to modify the water jackets, manufacture a new crankshaft, install a new piston sealing system (ICE piston rings have a lot of frictional losses), get rid of the valve train, &c, &c, &c, you might as well build a Stirling from scratch.


8 years ago

it should be possible to run on steam but the stirling cycle does not seam to be possible on that kind of engine

I don't think so. The V6 works on different physical principles, it's not at all designed to work on a Stirling-cycle.