Behind the shuttered windows of a research laboratory a Catholic priest and the sort of a Methodist minister for four years have been labouring to achieve what may revolutionise automotive power—a combustion engine with power far in excess of anything yet manufactured.
The priest is the Rev. W, I. Borer, parish priest of St. Patrick's Church in Trkaniah, Nebraska His associate is Warren E. George, a graduate engineer, whose father is a Methodist pastor in Juniata, Nebr.
Father Borer has long dabbled fir engineering as a hobby tn a shop Of his own on the back porch of the presbytery. being particularly interested in combustion engines This interest he shared in a casual way with Mr. George The particular problem which claimed their intention was the development of a highpowered engine which would be smaller than any yet made.
One morning Mr. George went to the rectory and informed Father Borer he thought he had the key. They drew plans on the tablecloth while having breakfast. More space and more tools were needed. Some of the latter were not manufactured and some of the materials were not on the market.
ELECTRIC SHOP They acquired a one-storey building once used as an electric shop remodelled it and transferred the plant from Father Borer's back porch. They made their own tools and with the aid of friends financed their research laboratory. Father Borer spent a vacation period at Marquette University Engineering School and he and Mr. George consulted with engineering experts of every sort. They made models. tore them down and began again, concentrating for four years on their single objective aid expending some 33,000 dollais in time, labour and
materials. But when the engine is completed, the inventors believe it can be manufactured at a cost of 25 dollars.
The priest and Mr. George seek to make their engine adaptable to airplanes, tanks and motor-boats, to eliminate vibration and reduce wear on cylinder walls Its feature is that it has no connecting-rods but a drive arm of secret design Five horse-power can be developed at 4,000 revolutions per minute in their present 20-inch, 36-pound model. The inventors believe that in an area 24inches in diameter, between 600 and 700 horse-power may be developed and that it 30-cylinder model will develop power far in excess of anything yet manufactured. Nothing larger than an 18-cylinder model has been put on the market.
Soon the inventors hope ifl exhibit their model before military authorities in Washingion.—N.C.W.C.