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12/06/09- 1st Test of the Turbo 'Busa Kart. Video added as well!

11/29/09- Update to the Turbo 'Busa Kart project.

9/21/09- This past weekend was a very eventful one as far as Turbokart projects were concerned. On Saturday we ran the T58 Turbine boat in my neck of the woods for the first time for shake down, familiarization, and prop testing. Then on Sunday, the Turbo 'Busa Kart hit the road for the very first time for shakedown and engine testing. Click the links to read more details.

7/30/09- Update to the Turbo 'Busa Kart project.

Turbokart.com update: Due to a lack of time, Turbokart.com will be undergoing some changes. First of all, I plan on documenting the completion of the Turbo 'Busa Kart project and the T58 Turbine Boat Project on this website, as I've been doing before. While I will continue to build other projects in the future and finish old projects in my spare time, I will not be documenting those other projects on this website. I simply don't have enough time. When the Turbine Boat project and the 'Busa Kart project are completed, I will no longer update the website, although it will remain up as an educational resource for anyone who is interested. Also, I will not be taking emails. Thanks for watching and thanks to all of the positive emails I've received over the years.

5/30/09- Update to the Turbo 'Busa Kart project. Engine has been started!

3/25/09- Update to the Turbo 'Busa Kart project.

2/17/09-Update to the Turbo 'Busa Kart project.

1/11/09- Update to the Turbo 'Busa Kart project and to the T58 Turbine Boat project.

11/29/08- Another quick update to the Turbo 'Busa Kart project.

10/13/08- Quick update to the Turbo 'Busa Kart project.

9/26/08- Big updates this time! We have finally run the T58 Turbine Boat on the water for the first time! Go to the T58 Turbine Boat page to read all about it and even see a short video clip.

Also, update to the Turbo 'Busa Kart project. We have received the new more powerful engine which means that the project will once again pick up the pace.

Video added to the videos page. Follow the link for the Medium Turbine Boat project.

6/15/08- Updates to the Turbo 'Busa Kart project, and the T58 Turbine Boat Project.

5/04/08- Update to the Turbo 'Busa Kart project.

4/09/08- More updates to the Turbo 'Busa Kart and T58 Turbine Boat projects.

3/12/08- Big updates to the Turbo 'Busa Kart and T58 Turbine Boat projects!

2/17/08- Updates to the T58 Turbine Boat Project and the Turbo 'Busa Kart Project.

1/16/08- Happy 2008 everyone!

Updates to the Turbo 'Busa Kart Project

Small update to the T58 Turbine Boat Project.

Quick update: The Turbo eXciter Kart is now in the hands of a well known local boat racer/engine tuner who has loads more carburetor experience and is going to try to tune the Turbo eXciter for optimal fuel delivery. I've gotten the turbo engine to run fairly well with the turbo, but it is far from optimized at this point. I will post more info on this as it comes along.

12/22/07- Merry Christmas to everyone. Update to the Turbo 'Busa Kart Project.

11/25/07- Update to the Turbo 'Busa Kart project.

Also, it has been a long time since there has been an update to the T58 Turbine Boat project, but that doesn't mean that nothing has been happening. The engine is at Superboat's shop, and I recently had a meeting with the people at Superboat to go over the final details of the project. Currently, the ancillary boat systems like the steering system, trim tabs, fuel system, and basic wiring is going in. Very shortly, the engine will be installed into the hull and hooked up to the drive, and then we can rig the boat. The boat will definitely be in the water for testing next season. Look for an update coming soon. Sorry for the delays. For a review of the project, go to the T58 Turbine Boat Page.

10/31/07- Update to the Turbo 'Busa Kart project.

10/3/07- Updates to the Turbo 'Busa Kart project and the Turbo eXciter Kart project.

8/29/07- 3 Updates:

1. Turbo eXciter Kart

2. Turbo 'Busa Kart (Check out the video on the page)

3. Quick news update on the T58 Turbine Boat: Tim Arfons has determined that the fuel control unit on the T58 engine was the cause of the problem. He replaced it, and now the engine works perfectly. I am going to pick up the engine next week and bring it directly to Superboat. Finally, we can begin to finish this project. Stay tuned for more updates on the project coming soon.

8/1/07- Turbo eXciter Kart Lives!!! Read about it here, and make sure not to miss the video of the first test run!

Update to the Video page, and to the Links page.

7/22/07- Another big update to the Turbo eXciter Kart page.

6/22/07- Big update to the Turbo eXciter Kart page. Check it out here.

Also, the General Electric T58 engine is on its way back to Tim Arfons's shop over in Akron, OH. Tim should be able to figure out our fuel problem and getting the engine running back perfectly. Once we get the engine back, it is going straight into the boat. There is still hope that the medium turbine boat will make it in the water this season, for initial testing. That will give us the winter to get all of the finishes done. We'll keep you posted on the progress.

6/08/07- Update to the Turbo 'Busa Kart Project. Also, a big update to the Turbo eXciter Kart project is coming within the next week.

A little bit of frustration here at www.turbokart.com. The T58 Turbine Boat Project has encountered another setback which will delay things some more. Though the hull is now completed and waiting for the engine, we continue having fuel related engine problems and the engine won't start consistently on the running stand. I will not accept anything but a reliable engine in my boat, and we are working hard and taking whatever measures are necessary to get the engine running properly.

Though the updates are less frequent than before, we remain committed to finishing all current projects, as well as producing videos of the projects in action, and even starting new and exciting projects in the future.

2/11/07- Update to the T58 Turbine Boat Project.

1/13/07- Happy New Year to everyone. With the holidays gone, we can continue working on the T58 Turbine Boat Project.

12/03/06- Big update to the Turbo 'Busa Kart project, including a short video clip of the engine being started on the test stand.

Also, quick update to the T58 Turbine Boat Page, and a link added to the links page.

11/19/06- Huge update to the T58 Turbine Boat page. Also, an update to the Turbo 'Busa Kart page.

Also, much progress has been made on the Turbo eXciter Kart Project. Look for an update in about four weeks, and hopefully we should have it up and running shortly thereafter.

Also, a link was added to the links page.

9/30/06- Another update to the T58 Turbine Boat page.

9/16/06- More updates to the T58 Turbine Boat Project. Getting near to the end now...

8/27/06- As promised, the T58 Turbine Boat Project has been updated.

8/17/06- The Turbo 'Busa Kart has been updated. Check it out!!! Boat Updates coming soon!!!

8/13/06- Quick update to the Turbo eXciter Kart Project.

7/23/06- Quick update to the T58 Turbine Boat Project.

6/22/06- Happy Summer! Updates to the following projects:

-T58 Turbine Boat

-Turbo eXciter Kart

-Turbo 'Busa Kart

6/07/06- Update to the T58 Turbine Boat Project. Update to the Turbo eXciter Kart Project.

Also: We have started a brand new project...A new kart that should prove to be even faster and more outrageous than our Formula Turbokart Project. Enter: Turbo 'Busa Kart.

5/21/06- Update to the Turbo eXciter Kart project here.

Also, to expand the breadth of this site to cover turbocharged reciprocating engines, I have included a new section called How Turbocharged Piston Engines Work. I hope that you find it informative and enlightening.

5/12/06- Update to the T58 Turbine Boat Project.

4/23/06- The hull is out of the mold now on our T58 Turbine Boat Project, so now we can begin the process of rigging the boat. Click here for the update.

Also, we are starting a new mini-project here at Turbokart.com. The project is called the Turbo eXciter Kart project, and it can be found in the Turbine Projects Page, or by clicking here.

4/04/06- Boating season is fast approaching! Update to the T58 Turbine Boat Page.

3/22/06- Quick update to the T58 Turbine Boat page.

3/19/06- T58 Turbine Boat News: Deck is completed, work on the hull has started. Check it out here.

Also:

Operation: CameraShip page updated.

3/06/06- Hull production on the T58 Turbine Boat Project has started!

2 links added to the Links Page.

Many more updates coming soon.

2/05/06- Despite some difficulties, distractions, and other issues, today we test-fired our T58-GE-8F engine that we will be using in our T58 Turbine Boat Project. Read about our engine test here. We also shot some video of the test. Check it out on the Videos page.

This following week will be spent welding and fabricating the components for the power turbine assembly and compressor and turbine assembly for Project X. So stay tuned in the next few days for updates to the Project X page.

Also, have a look at one of my side projects, not exactly turbine-related, but still relevant nonethless; Operation: CameraShip.

12/18/05- Happy Holidays Everyone! Quick update to the T58 Turbine Boat Project.

11/20/05- Updates to the T58 Turbine Boat Project, and to the Project X page.

11/16/05- Update to the T58 boat turbine project. We have picked our hull builder!!!

10/22/05- The General Electric T58 for our T58 turbine boat project is now in our hands, and the project moves into phase II.

10/10/05- The original Turbokart turbojet kart has been sold to one lucky owner. Also, I have sold the small turbine boat to make room for and to finance my current turbine boat project, which will start moving in full swing now that I will be picking up the completed engine, transmission and drive in the next week.

Though I was sad to see my old projects go, I know that they will be in good hands, and the future should hold many more interesting and different projects.

Be sure to check out the Turbokart vs. Ferrari video page

Link added to the links page.

10/03/05- As promised, we have filmed the Formula Turbokart vs. Ferrari vid. Read about it on the Formula Turbokart page. If you can't wait, go straight to the videos page, or to the Turbokart vs. Ferrari video page.

In the next few days we will also post some more video clips of the day's events, so stay tuned for more.

Also, small update to the T58 Turbine Boat page.

8/30/05- IMPORTANT UPDATE!!!----I am going to place the original Turbokart, my first, thrust driven kart, up for sale on Ebay in approximately 2-3 weeks. In the mean time, I have decided to offer Turbokart.com fans the opportunity to buy it at a reduced cost before it goes up for auction. At the moment I am asking $6000 for the kart, but I may accept lower offers. I will entertain the highest offer if more than one person is interested in buying, but I don't expect it to turn into a competitive bidding process. If you are interested, please email me at dtomass371@aol.com

If no one buys it in the next few weeks, then I will place it on Ebay and announce it on this website. The reserve price on Ebay will be set somewhat higher than the price listed above, so I would encourage any interested parties to take this opportunity before it passes.

FYI, I am selling the kart to raise some finances and to make room for a new Kart project, which should prove to be even faster than Formula Turbokart! Stay tuned for news on that.

To learn more about the original Turbokart thrust powered turbojet kart, please follow this link.

Also...Updates to the Project X page, and a small update to the Formula Turbokart page.

Finally, the T58 is back in Arfons's shop and is in the process of going back together. We expect to pick it up in the next three weeks.

7/10/05- Small update to the Project X page.

6/27/05- Big update to the T58 Turbine Boat Page. Also, I have started a page for a new project that I will be beginning shortly called Project X. The project is listed on my turbine projects page or it can be found directly by clicking here.

1 link added to the Links Page.

5/26/05- Many of you have probably come to the conclusion that I was involved in a turbine karting accident and was killed, since I haven't updated in so long. However, I can tell you with great joy that I am still alive and well, and still working on my turbine projects.

I have a lot of things going on in my life right now (mostly good things!) and so I haven't had as much time to work on some of my hobbies. That combined with the fact that I had reached a bottleneck in my turbine boat project meant that I haven't had all that much to write about, even if I did have time to do it. I will say that I don't expect to update the site as frequently as I have in the past, but I remain committed to my love of gas turbine projects and documenting them on the internet.

But, without further ado, here is a list of updates for the site:

-I have updated the T58 turbine boat page. Mark Nye has come through and has begun performing the necessary modifications to allow for the bolting up of the power turbine housing to the output reduction gearbox and crashbox. Check out the T58 turbine boat page for details.

-Formula Turbokart is finally back in the shop so that the Mark II JFS-100 engine with air start capability, low idle speed, and anti-flameout protection can replace the original engine. Once the engine is replaced, I will perform the necessary modifications and test the go kart, as well as film some more video, including a car race and some in-car action so that you can get an idea of just how fast the thing accelerates. At the moment, there are no updates on the Formula Turbokart page, but expect them very soon.

-I have begun working on a completely new and special project, which is essentially a do it yourself turbocharger derived turbine engine, with a very special twist. The project is listed on the Turbine Projects page, and in the near future I will start posting some information on this project.

-I have decided that I would like to expand the scope of the website to include some of my other related interests. In particular, in the last months, I have become very interested in turbocharged engines, including gasoline and Diesel engines of all different shapes and sizes. I would like to get involved in some turbocharged engine projects, including go karts and full sized automobile projects. More on that to follow.

-Also, I have added a page called Other People's Projects to my Turbine Projects Page. This is to highlight other people's turbine projects of interest. If you happen to have a gas turbine project that you would like to display, but don't have the time or wherewithal to put it up on the internet, then please email me with a 1-2 page detailed description of the project, and some photographs if you can. I will happily post your project on my Other People's Projects page.

-While on my "hiatus", I developed an interest in Radio Controlled Helicopters, and would like to feature my Kyosho Caliber 30 helicopter on my Cool Product of the Moment Page.

-I have added a few links to the links page. Check them out!

1/09/05- Happy New Year. I hope that this year brings everyone great fortune and fun, and hopefully more gas turbines for me to play with. (And a little more free time to play with them!!!)

Formula Turbokart will be making its way back into the shop sometime this week for the engine swap, after which I will be able to put up more fun video of the kart doing what it does best: scaring the hell out of me!

The T58 engine work continues but right now there is not much news to talk about.

Engine info added to the Turbine Engines Page.

See you soon and happy 2005!!!

12/21/04- Happy Holidays Everyone!!!!

Quick update: Some news on the progress of the T58 engine and drive train for the boat project...Click here

11/28/04- Turbokart.com has been a little quiet as of late. This is due to a number of factors, including moving into a new house, and also just the timing of things. The turbine boat project continues at a slow pace until I am able to pick up the engine, and I haven't had time to bring Formula Turbokart back into the shop to do the engine swap, and probably won't be able to until after the new year, so things have been a little slow lately. However, both projects are still on track, and will be completed.

Updates to the T58 Turbine Boat page.

Engine information added on the Turbine Engines page. The Chrysler A-831 Automotive Turboshaft as used in the 1963 Chrysler Turbine Ghia.

10/16/04- Somewhat unrelated to turbines: If anyone is interested, I put my 1995 3000GT Spyder VR-4 Twin Turbo up for sale on ebay. Follow this link: Spyder VR-4 Twin Turbo

More turbine boat updates to follow shortly!

10/09/04- Small update to the T58 turbine boat page.

9/25/04- T58 turbine boat page updated! Phase I of the project is almost complete!

9/07/04- Update to the Formula Turbokart Page; We have completed our JFS-100 turboshaft drivability test program. Engine information added on the Rolls Royce AE1107C Liberty 6,000 horsepower class turboshaft engine.

8/22/04- Update to the Formula Turbokart page, and a small video clip added to the videos section, on the Formula Turbokart air start modification.

7/29/04- Things are progressing steadily, albeit slowly, here at Turbokart.com. Updates to the Formula Turbokart page and the T58 Turbine Boat Project page.

Engine info about the Pratt and Whitney PW100 Turboprop engine has been added to the Turbine Engines page. Also, I have updated and refreshed a lot of the information on the How it Works page, as I learn more and more about gas turbine engines every day. Go ahead, have a look!

7/16/04- More progress made on the air start modification for Formula Turbokart. Read about it here.

Also, check out our Cool Product of the Moment, which is very much related to our air start modification above.

6/28/04- Updates to the Formula Turbokart page and the T58 Turbine Boat Project page.

6/20/04- Update to the Formula Turbokart page. I have added more engine information to the Turbine Engines educational page, on the awesome General Electric GE90 and the Pratt & Whitney F135-PW-100 which powers the military Joint Strike Fighter.

Sorry for the lack of updates. I've been busy with work and with playing around with our turbine toys, and also we've been waiting for a bunch of parts to come in for the JFS mod. Stay tuned for more updates in the near future!

5/18/04- Updates to the Formula Turbokart page, the GE T58 Turbine Boat Project page, and a new VIDEO added in the videos section; a video of the first runup of our General Electric T58 engine.

I've also added some more information to the Turbine Engines educational page about the Rolls Royce Pegasus engine.

5/10/04- Update to the Formula Turbokart page. More updates to follow shortly.

I'd like to say thanks to my friend Neil for taking me up in his Socata TB-9 airplane in exchange for a ride in my jet turbine boat. I now have a greater appreciation for the abilities of a good pilot, and my desire to learn how to fly has really been fueled. Thanks Neil!

4/19/04- 3 New VIDEOS added to the site!!! Two of Formula Turbokart in action, and one of the Solar T41. Check the videos section. Updates to those pages too.

4/15/04- Updates to the Formula Turbokart, GE T58 Turbine Boat Project, and to the Solar T41 project. Videos to follow shortly!

3/30/04- Continued work on the Solar T41 Project. News updates on the GE T58 Turbine Boat Project page. We also had another test run of Formula Turbokart. Read all about it on the Formula Turbokart Page.

More updates to follow soon.

3/09/04- Update to the Solar T41 Project Page.

Formula Turbokart has been shaken down and we expect to do some more running in the next week or so. We hope to get some more video of it as well.

2/26/04- The excitement is starting to build as the spring time fast approaches, which means the beginning of karting season and boating season. Formula Turbokart is back in commission and we will be running it on the weekends coming soon. Look out for new videos clips of Formula Turbokart in the following weeks. Also, we are continuing the design of our GE T58 turbine boat, as Tim Arfons continues to work on the engine.

In the meantime, we have been keeping ourselves busy; the Solar T62 turbine is now in complete running condition. The next step will be to mount a hydraulic pump to the engine to see if we can drive the load at a constant speed. We are also working on stripping down our Solar T41 turbine of all its unnecessary components, like the large mounting cabinet, the heat exchanger , and all of the other bulky excess items. We intend to make a "plug and play" ready to run kit that we hope to sell to someone who is considering buying a ready to run turbine engine either for educational purposes or for a project. Stay tuned for more information on that.

Check back for soon for detailed updates.

Slightly unrelated to turbines. Have a look at our Cool Product of the Moment

2/09/04- Video update! This weekend we ran up our T62T-32 engine and shot a video. Details on the T62 page.

2/05/04- Updates to the Solar T62 page and to the GE T58 Turbine boat page.

1/25/04- The wiring is complete on the Solar T62. We are waiting for a tach and an EGT gauge before we can run up the engine. Video to follow.

New page added on the Turbine Engines page. Click here to learn all about the Solar T62.

We are waiting for the weather to warm up before we get back into our other projects.

1/15/04- The Solar T62 has arrived. Check out the T62 project page.

1/06/04- Formula Turbokart page updated.

In a few days over at Akron Turbine Group in Ohio, Tim Arfons will be doing a first run up of the gas producer section of my General Electric T58-GE-8F Engine. He will start up the engine, and then run it up to 102% power to set the fuel control governer topping and bottoming. Look for a small video clip of the test run to follow in a week or so.

Solar T62T-32 Engine is on the road. We will be adding a new page to the website for our new engine.

1/03/04- Happy New Year! Starting off the New Year right, we have added another turbine engine to our collection, making it eight turbine engines altogether. I won a Solar T62 turbine engine on ebay and should be taking delivery of it within a week or so. Updates to follow when we receive the shipment.

We have also added another turbine engine to the Turbine Engines page. The Textron Lycoming AGT 1500 Turboshaft Engine.

Formula Turbokart updates to follow in the next couple of days.

12/16/03- Slightly off topic: Last week at Grossetto Airbase in Italy a Ferrari Formula 1 car and a Eurofighter Typhoon Jet had a drag race. Check out this video to see the result: Schumi Vs. Eurofighter

Actually, the video doesn't tell the whole story. There were three drag races, first 600 meters, then 900 meters, and then 1200 meters. The Ferrari took the first race by .2 seconds, but the Eurofighter won the 900 meter by the same margin, and then destroyed the Ferrari in the 1200 by 2.5 seconds, at which point the jet was already airborne. In the Ferrari's defense, if the track was dry, the outcome of the 900 meter race may have been different, though the car still had no chance in the 1200 meter.

Check out the Turbine Engines page to learn about the Eurojet EJ200 Engines that power the Eurofighter.

12/10/03- The off-season rolls along; updates to the Formula Turbokart page and the T58 Turbine Boat page. Go on, have a look!

11/26/03- Happy Thanksgiving!!! Small update to the Formula Turbokart page.

11/20/03- Small update...Rolls Royce Gem 42 Turboshaft information added to the Turbine Engines Page. Updates to the Formula Turbokart page and the T58 Turbine Boat page coming soon.

10/28/03- T58 Turbine Boat Page updated... Links added.... The additional braking hardware has arrived at my kart supply store, Keller's Motorsport in Long Island. I will be picking them up this weekend so that we can continue the modifications on Formula Turbokart. We are still awaiting the wheelie bar kit.

10/13/03- Our Turbine Boat Official Movie has been completed and it looks pretty cool. Take a look at it in the Videos section of the website.

Small updates to the Formula Turbokart page and the new General Electric T58 project Page.

We have added some pictures of our Formula Turbokart in the high resolution pictures section. These pictures would make great wallpapers if you ask me... We have also added a couple of links to the links section.

On a slightly unrelated note, we'd like to take a moment to congratulate Michael Schumacher on winning his record breaking 6th Formula 1 World Driver's Championship. I've been a Formula 1 fan for almost ten years, and I have followed Michael Schumacher along on his rise to becoming the greatest driver to ever turn a steering wheel.

Mr. Schumacher, if you happen to see this website and you'd like to give Formula Turbokart a test drive, please email me.

10/06/03- Quick Update to the Formula Turbokart Page. Turbine Boat Movie still in the works, but almost completed.

9/29/03- TURBOKART II, now known as Formula Turbokart, undergoes its first test drive!!! Read all about it on the new Formula Turbokart page.

VIDEOS of Formula Turbokart in action!!! Check them out here.

9/22/03- Some really great news!!!:

-I purchased a 1,370 horsepower General Electric T58 turboshaft engine. I won the engine on an ebay auction for a very fair price. I intend to use the engine in a larger scale turbine powered boat project sometime in the not so distant future. Keep checking the turbine projects page for more information about the engine and the forthcoming project as it rolls in.

-My 19 foot turbine powered boat, Fine Whine, has given me and my friends hours and hours of thrills all throughout the summer, and I have just finished shooting footage for a neat little video that should be making its way onto this website in the next couple of weeks.

-I finished painting and detailing the bodywork on Turbokart II and a maiden test run is about a week away. Take a look at the Turbokart II page for details and updates.

-I have updated the Turbine Engines page with some new information on the LHTEC T800 helicopter engine, for those interested in learning more about the latest in modern, cutting edge gas turbine engine technology.

8/21/03- Yet another update to the Turbokart II page. Have a look here.

8/19/03- The Turbokart II page has been updated. The project is nearing completion.

8/12/03- The beast is finally alive!!! Turbokart II test firing is successful. A test drive will follow very shortly.

8/09/03- The engine is reinstalled in Turbokart II, and we attempted another test firing. Read about it here. Also, the turbine boat is now 100% complete, and we have even given it a name. Have a look at the turbine boat page to find out what it is.

7/2/03- Updates to the Turbokart II page, the Turbine Boat page, and a new link added in the links page for Sofa Kingdom, the band featured in some of the Turbokart.com videos.

6/1/03- Updates to the turbine boat page. Still waiting on the JFS-100 Turboshaft from Arfons; Should get it soon...

5/06/03- Some technical difficulties with Turbokart II, though the project does continue. Read about it here.

In the meantime, fiberglass work continues with the turbine boat, but it should be completed by the end of the week. We will have it in the water in just a few weeks. Stay tuned for more info.

4/25/03- Update to the Turbokart II page.

4/14/03- I have returned from my trip. Please visit my special Concorde Page, to learn more about my experience flying on the Mach 2 airliner. There is info about the aircraft, the engines, pictures, and even a video clip of the takeoff from my seat. Also, I have added some quick updates to my turbine boat page. Updates to the Turbokart II project to come very soon!

3/25/03- Engine info added to the Turbine Engines page: The General Electric GE T700 Turboshaft engine which makes news almost everyday powering the Apache and Cobra attack helicopters in the middle east.

Sorry for the lack of updates...Been very busy with other stuff in the last couple of weeks. I'll be flying on the Concorde tomorrow , a lifelong dream. When I get back from my trip, there will be plenty of updates, boating season will be starting up again, and I'll even post some pictures and info about my Concorde flight. Stay tuned...

3/11/03- Turbokart II electrical system work has started.

3/06/03- Turbokart II: Project updates...Fuel and oil systems completed. Check out the Turbokart II page for details.

3/01/03- Information added in the Turbine Engines section: Pratt & Whitney PT6A Turboprop. Turbokart II updates coming very soon.

2/19/03- Small update to the Turbokart II page... The GE T58 has been added to the Turbine Engines information section.

As a side note, this week we were hit with a major snowstorm, and of course I was stuck with the shoveling duties...which led me to come up with an idea for a turbine powered snow blower. The Boeing 502 would be a perfect engine for such a project; we could use the shaft horsepower to drive the wheels and the snow blower, blow the snow into a collection chamber, and then use the hot exhaust to melt the snow. Some of the water could be ingested into the engine and evaporated in the exhaust, increasing power output, and the rest of the water could be collected and disposed of. Either that, or you could just aim the snow blast at that pesky neighbor who for some reason keeps complaining about all the noise, and take him out at 300 feet...

But is there really a need for a 160 horsepower snow blower???

Click the pic to hear what it might sound like.

Well, it certainly does blow...

2/13/03- The TurbokartII page has been updated. Also, there is a small update to the Turbine Boat page.

Check out the Turbine Engines section for newly added information.

2/2/03- Small update to the TurbokartII page.

1/28/03- I have completed the engine mounting system on the shaft powered kart, which marks a significant step towards completing the project. Check out the Turbokart II section for details.

1/25/03- Today I started up my Boeing 502-6 free shaft turbine engine in my garage. Have a look here, and be sure to take a look at the video clip of it running in the videos section.

1/22/03- Turbokart II is back on track and making excellent progress. Check out today's updates here.

1/20/03- I have added the video for the startup of the Solar T41. Check it out here.

1/19/03- It's been a little while since the last update. In the meantime, we have been busy on a number of projects. Primarily, we have been waiting on the driveshaft for the shaft drive kart. After some delay and hangups, the shaft is finally complete, which means that we can resume work on the shaft kart. Keep track of what is going on here.

Also, I have been working on getting the Boeing 502-6 running, and have made some good progress. Check it out on the Boeing page.

Today we started up the Solar T41-M9A APU for the first time. Check back in the next few days for a video clip.

1/1/03- Happy New Year. Technical information on the Solar T41 added here.

12/30/02- I received shipment of the Solar T41-M9A APU yesterday. I have added a page for the new unit. Have a look here. The engine is complete and is in running condition. As soon as we get a chance to run it, I will put up a video clip of a startup and shutdown. From what I have heard, this is an extremely loud engine. It should be interesting to see the neighbors' reactions.

12/25/02- Merry Christmas!!! I found a running Solar T41 under the Christmas tree...well, sort of. It should be a nice addition to our collection.

12/19/02- A good deal of the information I learned on gas turbine engines came off of the many great gas turbine websites on the internet, as seen on my links page. To give something back, I would like this page to be as informative as possible. I have updated the Turbine Engines page, adding a new section called What is a Gas Turbine and How Does it Work? I hope that many people find this section helpful in learning just what makes these awesome machines tick.

12/12/02- Site Update. I have updated the website to make it a little easier to navigate. There are also a few new features, such as the Turbine Engines information page.

The shaft kart is still making slow but steady progress. There should be an update on the project in a few days.

12/05/02- Update to the Turbokart II page. Have a look here. In other news, my turbine boat has been shrink wrapped and stored for the winter, just in time for a big snowstorm.

11/27/02- Happy Thanksgiving! Small update to the Turbokart II page.

11/19/02- Turbokart II chassis has been successfully lengthened. Details in the Turbokart II section. Also, a few hyperlinks have been added in the Links section.

11/10/02- We took out the turbine boat for one last test session before putting it away for the winter. Details in the turbine boat section. Also, updates to the Turbokart II section.

11/09/02- Eric at turbineboat.com has updated his site. Take a look and see what's new. Eric is selling his Turbine CVX boat. If you are interested, please contact him.

11/07/02- Small update to the Turbokart II page.

11/04/02- Updates to the Turbokart II page. Also, a new page has been set up for my new Boeing 502-6 Turboshaft engine. Have a look here.

10/22/02- Eric and I took the boat out for a frigid yet fun blast around the bay this weekend. Details, pics, and updates on the turbine boat page. Also, some high resolution pics of the turbine boat added to the images page.

I recently won a Boeing 502-6 turboshaft on Ebay. I have added a new page to the site on this latest acquisition. The page will be updated as soon as I take delivery of the engine. Stay tuned...

10/16/02- Update to the Turbokart II page; Test fitting the JFS-100 in the kart chassis. Have a look here. Spool up those Allisons, more turbine boating planned this weekend, weather permitting.

10/05/02- Big update to the turbine boat page. 3 New turbine boat Videos!!! Update to the Turbokart II page. Pictures added to the image database.

9/22/02- Extensive test session of the turbine boat today. Check it out here.

9/21/02- Major Updates...JFS-100 turboshaft has arrived...updates to Turbokart II page. Also, we have updated our image database. Check it out in the Multimedia section. Tomorrow we will continue testing on the turbine boat, as long as the weather holds up.

9/13/02 (Friday the 13th)- More updates to the turbine boat page.

9/02/02- We picked up a new go kart chassis today, and test fired the 250-C18 in the turbine boat. New Video added as well!!! Details here

8/22/02- Hang in there...Steady progress continues on the shaft powered kart, and the turbine boat should be ready for its first test run in about a week or two. Expect some great video in the near future.

Sounds added here, and updates to Turbokart II.

7/27/02- More updates to the Turbokart II and turbine boat pages.

6/31/02- We have updated the Turbokart II and turbine boat sections. Check it out here.

6/26/02- 3 new videos added! Check out the Multimedia section.

 

 
 

 

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