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This wartime 16mm reel was produce by the US Navy to educate crewmen in the operation of diesel engine systems on submarines. Lots of really good and clear animations make this a fascinating piece of history, and definitely a trip in the wayback machine to 1942. Enjoy!
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17 thoughts on “Diesel lubricating and cooling systems 1942”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Franko Walker says:

    I never realised how complicated it was just to cool an engine. Neat.

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Phill Maf says:

    I really enjoyed this until half way through when my memory began to remind me of sweaty rotten diesel ,crawling around in slimey bilges of seaboats.
    Great film. I worked on an ancient ex torpedo boat with two 14 litre RR 6 cylinder engines . Great film showing raw water and enclosed cooling ,and centrifugal oil filters.
    The RR engines I worked on were left or right handed,in that the gearbox could be attached both ends if the engine for twin props.
    Just don't start filling up your workshop with old engines Fran,you Ve barely enough room for electronics,audio analogue stuff, bulbs and luminaries,as well as old projectors and film stock.
    Really love your techno ecclectical outlook. A fantastic engineer you are. If Reagan had given you the star wars budget years ago we d all be shopping at cost co with anti gravity personal vehicles. Your a credit to your family,freinds and influences. Top lass Fantastic.

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars xjet says:

    After watching this video I completely stripped and rebuilt the engine in my truck. Fantastic — except now it drives like a submarine ๐Ÿ˜•

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Scott Thomas says:

    At my last job, the backup generators were powered by two surplus Detroit Diesel V-12s. Closed system type. Some differences, but very similar.

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Sonya says:

    I really enjoy these film videos that you are doing, Fran. Thank you so very much!

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Scumfuck McDoucheface says:

    Thanks so much for these films. =) I love them so much.

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars jonny moka says:

    Thanks for continued uploading while you ainโ€™t feeling 100%. Thank you ๐Ÿ™

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Caio Girรฃo says:

    Just discovered this channel. It's amazing! Seeing all the videos. Thank you, Fran! Keep doing it, please

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars sortofsmarter says:

    that was very cool to see, I got the " pleasurer" of being assistant engineer on a very large research vessel going up to the Bering Sea. Half way there one of the cylinders stopped working on the engine. And without stopping the engine the Head engineer and I swapped in a new piston and connecting rod on #3… It was a trip to do..this thing was huge..3 feet tall rod and you can disconnect individual cylinders while the engine is running.. but the noise and heat is horrible..and messy..

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars High Plains Drifter says:

    Now you're talking ๐Ÿ™‚ I don't pretend to understand electrickery. But when it comes to actual physical bodies moving together in perfect seduction, and can be almost, just for a fleeting second, be fooled into thinking it's symbiotic, that's when I'm swimming in ambrosia. Have a lovely evening everyone.

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Do It says:

    I would really like to see a special about the Technicolor Film process. It isa mystery to me still how that all works !

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Beeker says:

    Mercedes still uses this, luckily electronics can fake low emissions!

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Kazzle101 says:

    This is the necessary technical detail missing from Lennon and McCartney's Yellow Submarine.

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Gregory Thomas says:

    It's amazing how not a whole lot has changed in the design of this system in almost 80 years!

  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Hirum Biffidum says:

    If someone insists they could actually run a diesel engine on gasoline fuel but they WILL NOT get very far, it will rattle, grind, and destroy itsel ๐Ÿ˜ฏ and for many of the same reasons of what this video describes. Number Two kerosene aka diesel fuel has lubricating properties. Thankyou so much for uploading this video Fran ๐Ÿ‘

  16. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Paul Kocyla says:

    At the end: "Bureau of Aertonautigs", I guess they ran out of "c" remplates ๐Ÿ˜‰

  17. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Keri Szafir says:

    Nice explanation of cooling and lubrication systems on nautical engines. I probably won't lay my hands on one, but the knowledge can probably be ported to other areas of mechanical engineering.

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