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Welcome to the Old Engines Wiki - The wiki for old engines, and history in motion, for every kind of engine.

Old engines and the history of internal combustion engines are fascinating topics. We try to do our part in preserving the history of these magnificient machines and their use.

Here we start in 2022

This is the birthplace for the complete knowledge of old engines from all around the world.

Welcome to the definitive resource for all things related to internal combustion engines! From the earliest prototypes to the most advanced modern designs, this wiki is dedicated to chronicling the fascinating history of these powerful machines that have shaped the modern world.

For over a century, internal combustion engines have been the driving force behind countless innovations in transportation, manufacturing, and power generation. From the first gasoline-powered automobile to the massive diesel engines that power cargo ships, these machines have revolutionized the way we live and work.

But the history of internal combustion engines is more than just a series of technological advancements. It's a story of innovation, competition, and perseverance. It's a tale of brilliant inventors, determined entrepreneurs, and visionary engineers who overcame countless challenges to push the boundaries of what was thought possible.

This wiki is dedicated to preserving this rich legacy for future generations. With in-depth articles, detailed diagrams, and stunning photographs, we aim to provide a comprehensive and engaging resource that celebrates the history of internal combustion engines and the people who made it all possible.

Whether you're a student, an enthusiast, or simply curious about the inner workings of these incredible machines, you'll find a wealth of information and inspiration here. So join us on a journey through time and explore the fascinating history of internal combustion engines!

We have divided up the website into a few speciality sites.

First, this WIKI, that itself is divided into each country and their engine makers. Multi country engine makers are listed in the country where they were founded, or where the headquarters is.

Then we have the forum that is our social place for discussions about engines, and engine related things. Join us, and learn someting, or even better share your knowledge with fellow engineheads.

We also have a blog, that lives at, where we the websites admins publish out "off topic" things. And a general website at that we thing would publish news about the current state of engine building, and stuff that are relevant for the community.

And not least a cloud archive with the content of our library of engine related literature.

We have a large archive of Workshop Manuals, Parts catalogue for some engine manufacturers, mainly German and Swedish. (mtu, Daimler Benz, Maybach Motorenbau, Scania, and Volvo Penta, and a small collection of Detroit Diesel, Twin Disc and some other engine makers. This is available for our supporters eiter as images, or in PDF format.

Who are we? is a domain name, and some websites, and is owned by the people who runs Motorteknisk Database here in Norway. This website is for all the enginemakers that dont fit into the platform. We will lean on the lists of engine for the Nordic countries.

And it is a way to get some of the history of old engines archived on the internet. We are not doing this to make money, the only thing supporters contributes to is the running costs of this website, and occasional bids on ebay to buy some documentation in high demand.


About old engines, ask your kid if they can name some old semi-diesel engines? If they google it, we hope we can be of help. The goal is to collect information and make it freely available for the generations that come after us.

It free?

Yes, it is. Everything that we write, list, and publish is free for everyone. The only thing that we charge for is access to things that we have to spend money on. Eg, hardcopies of manuals and documentation. And we dont believe that we will even pay for the running cost, so at one point we will try to run some ads at the pages.


Can i contribute? You need some help?

Yes you can, let us make you an account at this wiki, and you can publish your knowledge. Mail us at