What is it?
Can you be specific?
OK, just to get away from all the unpleasant news these days ... will hazard a guess.
Looks like a whopping great shaft, perhaps an elevator shaft for a 2 story building of some kind.
No? Ha! Ha! Oh well!
It's a crankshaft.......
One more guess then outta here.
Is a male Horn Shark protective device to be used when mating with the dreaded female Horn Sharks from the last quiz! ...
Okay, so I was a bit off. It's a piston rod for a DU-Sulzer 12RTA96C.
COLOR: Polished steel
CAR (?):But everybody knew that........
Last edited by marv; 12-17-2012 at 03:58 PM.
The square plate at the bottom of the piston rod is called a crosshead. It is where the connecting rod connects and then goes to the crankshaft. Its purpose is to redirect the thrust so that the cylinder doesn't wear in an elliptical pattern.
Here's a picture of the engine itself: This is a six cylinder version:
Described as freakishly huge, these engines have up to 14 cylinders and put out upwards of 100,000 HP. They are 2 stroke, supercharged diesels, with a stroke of 98 inches !
Here's the crankshaft for the 10 cylinder version:
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