These dumb kids, blowing up this lawnmower engine for their own entertainment with nitrous and squirt bottles of fuel! They could have been hurt! They could have set the lawn on fire! They could have this that or the other thing. But they didn’t.
See, here’s the thing, we should not be mourning the death of this little Briggs and Stratton engine but rather we should be celebrating it. In my opinion, the small single cylinder lawnmower engine is the most important gateway into hot rodding that has ever existed. Think of your own life, think of all the stories you have heard from old timers, think of the fun stuff you did as a kid with a lawnmower engine. In my case it was the first engine I ever took apart and the little piston and rod still live on my desk today.
Did you ever build a go kart with one? Maybe rebuilt one with your dad or a guy in the neighborhood? Maybe chucked the rod out the side of one when you hit a rock or a stump in the yard? This was the introduction to internal combustion for so many of us, it kind of makes us happy kids are doing wacky stuff with them today.
Is this the smartest idea? No but I’m guessing that many of you reading have done and may yet do dumber stuff than this. The nitrous line into the carb is funny and the manual enrichment is even better. The thing is turning big RPM already and then once the additional fuel shows up that thing goes into hyper drive because it barfs fire and kicks the nitrous line off of itself.
Kids are going to fool with engines and thank the heavens for that because when they stop, the roots of what we all love begin to shrivel and once a plant or tree loses its roots, it withers and fades back into the Earth.