For a number of years, I’ve been in contact with Bob Teal’s grandson. Bob Teal invented the Magnipulsion Engine, which was the inspiration for my Scotch Yoke motor: http://emediapress.com/aaronmurakami/scotchyoke/
Here are his latest comments:
“Aaron, thanks for sending this, it was great to learn more about what my Grandfather was doing. As I mentioned when we spoke many years ago, I remember mowing the lawn with a mower with his engine on it. It must have been in 1979-80 as he showed me his new patents (which you have shown here) and was trying to describe how it was better than his first engine. The ONE thing I remember from our talks was that he said his patents were almost complete, but not enough for anyone to ever replicate it and I believe he even said he put a couple of things in there to throw people off so they couldn’t make it. But it is sad he was so un-trusting and would actually help build on his project with others. I wish I had the money at the time after he passed away, to have someone get the engine and send it to me in California. I would have no problem of sharing that with you as I would just like to see something come of it. So I am VERY excited to see if you can make something similar happen. I wish you all the luck and please keep me updated as to how you progress.
A little more info for you, when he was in the Coast Guard, he was an electronics genius and would work on various projects for them. He mentioned to me at one time of developing a space missile based on magnetics, that would launch missiles from a satellite. He also mentioned working on an atomic bomb and was present for various tests. One thing I actually saw, was a “gun” that shot “liquid” electricity (the way he explained it to me). I remember his shooting this “gun” at his fence in the backyard of his home in St Cloud, and the fence sparked when the “liquid electricity” hit it. He also gave me a box he developed that I could plug a light into it and I could physically hold the light under water with bare wires exposed, and have the box plugged into the wall. I was supposed to use it for my science fair at school, but my teachers wouldn’t let me use it. Another thing he developed was the “Electreat” which was a box he made for several of his friends which had a pair of “tongs” with metal pieces at the end that you would clamp around your finger with arthritis and it would help reduce the inflammation and pain associated with arthritis. As you can see he was very busy working on various projects all of the time, and yes, one of his loves was science fiction writing. I may still have one of his stories in storage somewhere, along with a book of poems he wrote! Heh!