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See If You Can Figure Out What This Engine Block At A Disneyland Star Wars Ride Was From

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I know we haven’t posted a full wrap-up just yet, but I can tell you that yes, David and Otto and I made it safe enough to Los Angeles. Sure, David’s Mustang chewed up a whole set of tires and lost a headlight, somehow, but it made it and so did we, and I’m sure the required future therapy for Otto won’t be too bad. In LA, I met up with my wife, Sally, who flew out, and we took Otto to Disneyland for a little start-the-new-year fun. While there, we went to the new Star Wars-themed section of the park, which does feel like being dropped into one of those rugged Outer Rim planets with a peculiar mix of crude architecture with wildly advanced tech in beat-up, paint-chipped casings built into the walls.

One of the rides we went on was this Millenium Falcon ride that made you feel like you were really piloting the ship; it was pretty incredible. Also incredible was the length of the line to enter, but Disney’s experience designers made sure the whole labyrinthine length of the line was full of evocative props and details, some of which you can see in the pic up top. Because that’s a modified engine block and some piston rods, and I’m wondering if anyone here can possibly ID it.

This is tricky, because it’s clearly been modified to look like some kind of unknown space hardware from a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away. But it’s definitely the top half of some smallish inline-four engine, and those piston rods, connected end to end, are definitely from something, too. Is that oblong port in the side original? Are those vertical fins in there stock, or added? Can this be identified? The piston rods are re-worked to look like some kind of wrench thing, but is there enough distinctiveness on them to be recognized?

This is a tough one! I’m very curious to see if anyone is able to pull this off.

Oh, also, Otto and I got to play a game of Dejarik:


I swear that kid cheated. How could he use his worm dude to snap my lobster guy in half so fast?

Anyway, please guess away in the comments! I want to know what that engine block half is from!

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32 Responses

  1. Connecting rod, not piston rod.

    Piston rods *do* exist (steam engines mostly) , but those in the photo are not piston rods.

    Have you been using AI to generate content?

    1. That would make sense, since Suzuki and Corellian Engineering had that 50-50 joint venture on Coruscant for years to build pumps, compressors, and small motors.

    2. “This is a tough one! I’m very curious to see if anyone is able to pull this off.”

      Always with you, it cannot be done…hear you nothing that I say?

  2. Seeing the hex bolts on the block has me thinking – Is that the style of fastener they would be using in the Star Wars universe or would a different style be the popular choice? What would they come up with to hold the parts together?

    1. At one point Han and Chewie are fixing the Millenium Falcon using a “hydrospanner,” and Wookieepedia says that a hydrospanner is basically an adjustable-size socket wrench, so hex is certainly possible.

  3. So let me get this straight: Ford, eventually went into hyperspace vehicles after electric cars, but they were using engines from Suzuki? Well, the Taurus SHO did use a Yamaha engine, so there is precedent, I guess. Still, the Han’s Millennium Falcon definitely has that budget- car interior look to it. I wonder what engine you’d get in a Galaxie?

  4. I’m very happy you rewarded your son with some proper R&R after subjecting him to the move from hell.
    You’re a good Dad, he is gonna have some fun stories going upward.

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