If you are speed demon who is constantly looking for bigger and faster thrills, building your own jet engine is your type of project. Building a jet engine is a great way to challenge your mechanical skills. This is also a great project for a teenage child to help with as this can really make science and technology a very fun and interesting subject. The project does take some skill with tools, but with a lot of patience and hard work you will be blazing trails all through the streets in no time.
Things You'll Need
- Ignition system
- Clean garage
- High-pressure hose
- Pipe and pipe fittings
- Steel conduit
Gather your tools and prepare your workbench. Although you may not need a whole lot of tools for this project, it is important to make sure you keep your tools in their proper place so that you always know where they are and can keep them handy. Cleaning your garage may not be a fun task, but it will prevent you from accidentally setting the garage on fire when playing with your new jet engine.
Take your drill and make a hole in the combustion chamber of the turbocharger. The reason for drilling this hole is so that you can place the ignition system's spark in this hole. Be careful that you don't drill the hole too wide or else the flame from the spark could come through the hole and cause serious injury.
Drill a second hole in the flame holder. Doing this will help to make sure that an arc goes through the combustion chamber to get your engine going.
Cut perforations into the high-pressure hose that you will be using as a flame tube. This will help you achieve greater flame output and will give it a signature jet engine roar.
Set up an air supply to run through the high-pressure hose. Send gas or other fuel into the combustion chamber. The spark caused by this will ignite and start your jet engine. Make sure to wear the appropriate safety gear when testing out your engine. You should wear safety glasses and gloves and make sure nothing flammable is near the engine to avoid a fire.