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History Of The Three Great North American Diesel Engine Makers
Below are video histories of the great three diesel engine manufacturers. Chances are if you own or operate a sportfish boat you have one of these types of engines in your boat. Here is the history of the powerhouse behind your fishing day.
History Of Detroit Diesel Engines
The video below posted on Youtube by "Jack's Chrome Shop" is a really in-depth video that fully explores the history of Detroit Diesel Engines, the newest of the "Great Three" engines.
Great Information From The Video
Detroit Diesel Series 71 Engines - The name refers to the cubic displacement of one cylinder in a series 71 engine. This is the first engine in the Detroit Diesel engine lineup. This was a 2 cycle engine line. This engine line could have 1 , 2 , 4 , or 6 cylinders in the 1940's for WWII.
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Detroit Diesel Series 110 Engines - The name refers to the cubic displacement of one cylinder in the 110. This was used more for on road applications than for marine. This was accelerated by the creation of the interstate highway system in the United States.
Detroit Diesel 6V71 , 8V71, 12V71, 16V71Engines - These engines with a v instead of inline shape allowed for more power from the 71 series.
Detroit Diesel Series 53 - These debuted in 1957 and had 3,4,6,and 8 cylinder models and were used often in marine applications.
Detroit Diesel Series 149 - This engine was used for work boat, 100 ton, and push boat engines. This would have well over 3,000 horsepower.
Detroit Diesel Series 92 - This engine was released for the "fuel squeezer" era.
Detroit Diesel Series 60 - The result of Detroit's research into the 4 stroke engine. This was the only truck engine to employ an overhead camshaft and a drive-by wire electronic control system.
Caterpillar Diesel Engine History
The video below was posted on Youtube by "Jack's Chrome Shop" which covers pre-WWII Caterpillar history.
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The first Caterpillar engine was commissioned by CL Best and named "Old Betsy" to fit into a tractor and be strong enough to power it. The first prototype took 2 years to create by engineer GA Rosen. In January of 1930 1A14 was the official serial number of this original Caterpillar engine.
Caterpillar D9900 Engine - By Oct 1931 the D9900 was introduced as an inline 4 cylinder engine developed by Caterpillar to power the model 60 tractor. This engine placed into a tractor could pull a record 11,991 Lbs.
Caterpillar D11000 - Only produced until 1935.
Caterpillar D8800, D6600 - Released in 1935 these engines increased the power without adding more weight to the power plant.
Caterpillar D4400 - Released in 1936 these engines increased the power without adding more weight to the power plant.
Caterpillar D4600 - Has 6 cylinders but its displacement is much smaller than earlier models.
Caterpillar D13000 -
Caterpillar D17000 - First 8 Cylinder made by Caterpillar and has heavy marine use.
Cummins Diesel Engine History
Below is a great video on the history of Cummins Engines posted by the Youtube Channel "Jack's Chrome Shop".
Great Insights From The Video
Clessie Cummins was the founder of the Cummins Motor company. He was aided with capital from his boss William Irwin a local banker.
In 1918 they secured a contract to build and sell Dutch RMV'd engines in the US. Cummins engine was awarded two patents in 1921 for improved fuel efficiency and manifold technology.
The F model soon became available in the famous SEARS catalog and was used heavily in the farming industry. These engines would be used heavily and often returned due to the SEARS return policy.
Cummins looked to enter the car market and the over-the-road truck market. They exhibited the first Diesel Powered Car across the street from the Atlantic City Car Show since they were not allowed in the show.
He embarked on a journey with a Cummins-powered truck from NY to LA in 97 hours to show the power of the engine.
The same year the Cummins-powered truck crossed the country Cummins entered a diesel-powered car in the Indianapolis 500.
The Cummins Model H 672 was used in busses, over the road trucks, and military vehicles in a number of shapes and sizes.
Cummins was a supplier in WWII. In WWII cummins supplied thousands of generators for Navy Ships. They also supplied engines for trucks during the war.
History Of Cummins Engines Video Part II
Below is a video posted on Youtube by "Jack's Chrome Shop" that covers the Cummins Engine's history after WWII.
Some Great Insights From The Video:
Cummins NH Series Engine - This was released after WWII. NH stands for the new 4 valve head unit. There was an increase in displacement in these engines from the previous model.
Cummins 855 Series Engines - Increased their displacement to 855 cubic inch displacement engines.
Cummins Releases The N14 Series In 1991
Below is a great tour of the modern Cummins factory posted on Youtube by "CumminsEngines" Youtube channel.
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