Black and white photo of 128 1 engine. (128-1.jpg)
Dual regenerator design with the burner (combustor) on top. All engine accessories are drive by the Gas Generator (air pump, fuel control, oil pump and regenerator cores). However, these are not driven from the front of the compressor as in the A 831 2 but from behind the Compressor via a high-speed worm gear arrangement.
The Power Turbine drove all the vehicle accessories (power steering, air conditioning compressor, alternator) as well as move the vehicle. The vehicle utilized a hydraulic brake booster rather than a vacuum pump system that the Ghia's used.
Side to side entrance into the eye of the compressor rather than dumping into a bowl entrance as was the case for the Ghia cars.
Engine and transmission oil system were separate.
Black and White photo of the A 926 Upgraded Engine (A-926Upgrade.jpg)
This is an exploded engine display, which is comprised of scrap parts (Porous, not the latest design intent, structurally not sound, etc.). Notice the use of linerless insulation coated ceramic preformed biscuits.
This is a free rotor design in which the gas generator drives itself without any accessory loads. The Power Turbine drives the car and engine accessories. This uses a low emission pre vaporized combustor.
The fuel metering and all engine control functions are all electronically controlled by the ECU (white box in lower left of display table)
Bowl entrance with side to air inlets beneath the hood and behind the radiator yoke.
Second Stage Variable Nozzle Actuator (PTNA) (black blob on lower table) bolts onto the somewhat triangular pad which is to the rear and beneath the Combustor Cap. The little box to the left of the PTNA is the Fuel Metering Valve which mounts onto the Combustor Cap and in close proximity to the fuel nozzle (upper right on the Combustor Cap)
Black and White photo of Upgraded Car 385 Taken in 1978 (Upgrade car 385.jpg)
This is a photo of 1976 Dodge Aspen taken on the Styling Dome entrance apron.
Personnel in photo are:
Left Jerry Gross Right front George Stecher Right rear Tom Kline
There were two Aspens (Cars 385 and 386), which were 4 door sedans. A 2 door coupe was ordered but never made it into service.
Black and White & Color photos of the PIC Car (Car 649) with Upgraded Engine installed (lebaron-1.jpg – 9)
The PIC vehicle (Public Interest Car) was developed at the request of the Government Program Manager. This is a 1977 Chrysler LeBaron Coupe Medallion with Corinthian Leather interior that was modified for a Tee bar glass roof. This was to be a static running display vehicle only.
This is a uniquely styled car, which was done by a Chrysler stylist offsite at a vendor shop.
An upgraded engine was installed and delivered to the vendor; the front fenders and hood were removed. The engine and components within the engine compartment were covered with heavy plastic film. Modeling clay was jammed into the engine compartment and along the front of the car. The stylist then sculpted one half of the car. When the design was approved the vendor then did a mirror image of the design and formed the rest of the front end clay. Once that was done molds were taken of the front end and fenders and a hood were fashioned from fiberglass via hand lay up process.
The rear of the car was restyled in a similar fashion. The car features hide away head lights and a 1977 Cadillac Seville power antenna system Chrysler didn't have one for that year that would fit!
Because the car was so drastically styled there was no thought of meeting the then crash requirements as the car was for display purposes. Sometime later the Government asked if it could be made crash worthy but the cost was too prohibitive and was being pursued as this request came near the conclusion of the Chrysler Contract.
The second stage nozzles were manually locked in near the power position, which allowed it to develop sufficient power to be moved about and on/off any car hauler. Therefore, there wasn't any engine braking capabilities and the brakes can wear out fast if driven on the streets.
Photo of 1980 Dodge Mirada with Upgraded Engine Installed (mirada.jpg)
The 1980 Mirada (Car 469) was photographed on the grassy strip in front of the Power House and just down the street from the World Headquarters (Keller Building). This vehicle replaced the Aspen vehicles that were in service to the US Government in Washington DC.
Color Photo of 1973 Plymouth Satellite with Baseline Engine A 128 1 (73Satelite-681.jpg)
Photo of Car 681 taken in front of the Walter P. Chrysler Styling Building. Notice the air intake grill high on the fender. This was the only clue from this end of the vehicle that it was not production. The large aluminum dual exhaust at the rear was something of a give away but only if you were looking.