By on December 23, 2011

After officiating at 24 Hours of LeMons races for three years now, I’ve seen every possible style of escaped connecting rod. Through the oil pan, out the side of the block, out both sides of the block, engine internals ground into random metallic hash, you name it. There’s something weirdly beautiful about the sight of an engine that gave its all on the race track, and so I’ve photographed as many thrown-rod victims as possible. What to do with those photos? Why, make them into computer desktop wallpaper files, in all the most common monitor resolutions!
They’re free, and I’ve probably got the right size for your computer (unless you’re still running a 286 with CGA display). Just go here, pick your resolution, and right-click/save the images you want. If that’s not enough, you can also get some of my favorite Junkyard Finds images as wallpaper files here. Enjoy.

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9 Comments on “Lower Your Workplace Computer’s Property Values With Thrown-Rod Desktop Wallpaper...”

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    Cool…but…I make my own automotive carnage at home.

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    I found the pictures difficult to look at…

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    At one point a friend had a Nova with a blown and nitrous oxide enhanced chevy small block. During a burn-out, the engine gave a huff and ka-pow and then went silent. The Nova drifted forward on what little inertia it had from the boiling tires. As it crept forward, us spectators were treated to the sight of a piston rod, sans piston, actually embedded in the asphalt, still sticking up, surrounded by puked oil and tire smoke wafting along the tarmac.

    Oh but for a camera …

    I think the eery silence was the worst (coolest) part. You could hear the rubber of the hot slicks pry itself off the asphalt as the Nova slowly continued to roll forward.

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      Felis Concolor

      When I still lived on Maui, a staple of the spring and summer months were the monthly drag races held at the old Puunene airstrip. Every year one of the crowd favorites would appear: a heavily modified Mazda RX-3 with the name “Hmmm?” decorating its flanks and easily the scariest sounding vehicle there, with its pulsing, buzzing idle and 13,000 rpm shift points notifying everyone present, “this isn’t piston powered.” At the start of the ’86 season, the builder/driver mentioned giving the audience “a surprise” as he attempted to push his wild ride into a quicker time bracket. The start of the run sounded as normal as a high strung rotary drag run ever sounds, then halfway down the track the car disappeared in a ball of flame. The viewing angle was such that no one in the stands or the pits could actually see precisely what happened. When the smoke and flames cleared, we saw the apparently untouched Mazda coasting to a stop in the runout area.

      The “surprise” was a new nitrous system which had been installed during the winter months: when it was first activated, the pressure increase blew out all the rotor seals and the resulting convection vortex turned the interior of the engine into a pair of tiny blast furnaces, with the initial fireball exiting via the tailpipes and obscuring the car. The already tiny engine collapsed into its self generated slag pit but overall the damage was light once the mess had cooled off.

      The crowds there tended to be very good natured and would often give applause for drivers returning along the pit road for a great run – and also for the more impressive equipment failures.

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    Fantastic! We can learned so much from catastrophic failure modes. Please post a gallery. I would especially relished seeing the SBC, BMW, and Mitsu failures Murilee wrote about. If it dosen’t grenade, your not riding it hard enough. >;-)

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    Felis Concolor

    wut no 2560×1600?

    Seriously speaking, several of the print hot rod and custom car magazines feature a blown up engine or part each month – and while a shattered Dart block and cnc-machined crank is far more expensive, your collection of aftermath images are no less impressive. My favorite is easily the VW JH with the drop light shining straight through.

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    In high school in the late 1950’s I had an acquaintance who was into drag racing; he had a supercharged ’57 Chevy coupe that he drove to school. Among his exploits were missing a shift in a borrowed MGA and having pistons meet valves. Another day, he walked past me in the school cafeteria and wordlessly handed me a piece of (presumably his Chevy’s) piston top. ‘Nuf said.

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