What is it?
- it is Torque
When I write this, it is just about seventy years ago I heard high speed spark and diesel engines spring to life for the first time after being overhauled in our familyowned shop, and I got hooked forever … To hear the bark in the exhaust and see shafts and flywheels whirling, it was fascinating for a four-year-old boy … Done by my dad, my uncles and the employees in the shop. This startup was done outside under the tin roof … on a concrete floor. Inside, several engines, all in pieces …: There were stacks of parts and pieces – new and old – that were readied and next assembled, .timed», adjusted etc., to become a live unit that could power a boat, a car, a truck, a compressor, an alternator/generator, a pump, a tractor, a crane, a bulldozer, a motorcycle.
I wasn’t that old when I could identify many different diesel engines in trucks and buses by sound … I did not see them, only hear them: It’s a Volvo, Leyland, Perkins; it’s a Mercedes, it’s a Deutz, it’s a Scania. They all had their own distinct ignition knack to my ears …the crackle. And … powerful spark engines in fast boats that were tested out in the Byfjord and I was allowed on board if I promised to sit still in a corner. It was thrilling for a little boy: They hand-tuned the ignition advance; they also hand-tuned the mixture strength on many American made 6 cyl. marine engines that had updraft marine carburetters … fast engines made by Gray-Marine and Chrysler. The test instruments were the mechanics’ ears and brains …: Tune safe … a bit away from spark knock, and a tad rich on the fuel mixture ratio to not burn valves and spark plugs. I looked with big eyes when the grown-ups did their magic». And … my dad was the biggest magician … He had this special sense when it came to engines, using the tools involved, and tuning for max performance … be it spark engines or diesels.