A 30-year-old New Zealand mechanic says the world will beat the power crisis if it adopts a new propulsion system developed in his backyard workshop.
Bernie Griffin, NZBC reporter introduces Maloolm Vincent and workshop
Mr. Vincent works on cylinders, describes aims of invention; water poured into new engine at 40, Mr. Vincent explains workings
Gar hauled out of garage
Mr. Vincent gets under car and fills engine with water form hose
Attempt to start engine falls -- water leaks from rear
Men spin rear wheels to help starter
Men push car -- car starts men into our Car drives away 165
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Background: A 30-year-old New Zealand mechanic says the world will beat the power crisis if it adopts a new propulsion system developed in his backyard workshop.
Mr. Malcom Vincent, of Nelson, MZ, claims to have invented an engine powered by water. He has fitted a prototype to a car and with first trials says he's driven hundreds of miles at speeds up to 60 miles an hour. And it used only about half a pint of water, according to the inventor.
The engine works on an hydraulic principle using an ordinary electric starter to give it the initial thrust.
The inventor claims it'll replace the petrol engine and will eventually be used in aircraft, at power plants and generally as a revolution in the motor industry.
Mr. Vincent was reluctant to reveal the finer details of his engine, but gave reporter Bernic Griffin a general outline as he put the finishing workshop touches to a cistern-shaped cylinder.
The it was out for a road test.
Things didn't go as planned for a while. Mr. Vincent poured the required amount of "fuel" into the engine with a hose. A burst on the starter failed to set it going however and manpower was required firstly to spin the rear wheels and then to heave-ho at the rear to effect a rolling start?
Suddenly the engine spluttered into life -- and Mr. Vincent was offdown the road with the propulsion system to all intents and purposes working smoothly.