Page 6, Minor Distraction & Understanding Leads to Improvement

March 26, 2020

A minor distraction has shown that the statement “It’s about the impact” is partially correct. Impact is very important to creating an inertial thrust device with enough efficiency to be worthwhile, however,impact alone does not make a viable working unit!
It is very apparent that if the centripetal push is in opposition to impact push the two will attempt to cancel each other out.
A POP device was created with a 2-speed motor which freewheeled at either 60 or 80 rpms. A loose bracket with a sliding bar was fastened across the axle. Each end of the bar had a bearing on it and the whole assembly inserted in a plastic housing.
Operation: The bar would impact the housing and be pushed away from the impact and the reaction pushed the unit in the direction of the impact… However, by pushing the bar into an opposing position it instilled the centripetal force in the opposite direction. By indexing the position of the housing into a more “sideways” push, the impact was able to push forward with slightly more force creating a very weak forward motion.
Only if the impact and inertial (centripetal) force are within the same 180-degree arc is there enough usable linear push.
 Using this knowledge in the Thornson style drive system:
The inner stop/planet trap is reasonably simple (at this point in the development) and serves for impact and keeps the weight from crossing the center of the sun gear.
The outer planet trap is much more complex, in function as well as in form. Stopping movement of the weight is not a viable option but a brake creates impact and directs the movement into a position for the desired “whip-like motion” which is effectively another impact (on the pivot pin of the weight). It is this “virtual impact sequence” that makes up most of the linear force used in this drive, the Thornson, and all Thornson-like drives.
The diversion was informative and now can be seen as a useful tool in the overall understanding of this technology. Understanding leads to improvement!

Page 5, Trying out Magnetic Outer Stops

March 19, 2020

I have been experimenting with the pendulum weight & stops (“planet traps”).
I have increased the weight of the pendulum weights from 8 oz to 1.25 lbs. and made them a bit different shaped (Version 2).
I found that the inner stop/trap is easily accomplished by letting the weight contact the sun gear’s axle and the addition of a movement limiter welded to the planet gear, which keeps the pendulum from swinging too far.
I tried several ways to make an effective outer stop/planet trap, from allowing the weight to hit a fixed stop to using a curved “guard” which limits movement & guides the weight into the correct position for full release. None of the physical contact types had the desired effect as of yet & I do not believe that having the pendulum weight “slip” through a friction brake (as suggested by Roy Thornson) will be much better.
Using a magnetic brake seems to be effective. Using rectangular ceramic magnets from Harbor Freight, 1 magnet is glued to the top of each pendulum (increasing the weight slightly) and 1 or 2 magnets glued or strapped to a 2” wide flat piece of steel which is fastened to the sun gear axle & adjusted approximately 180 degrees from where the weight contacts the inner stop/trap.
Using the solid inner trap & the magnetic outer trap a single rotating assembly actually has enough power to move the unit as well as it did with 2 rotating assemblies.
The next phase will be to “smooth” the movement:
The 2nd rotating assembly ring gear was re-timed to 90 degrees (1/4 turn) out of phase with the 1st assembly. Now the motion is not perfectly smooth but is much less jerky. Perhaps using 4 rotating units each progressing another 90 degrees will smooth it further and allow for forward motion with negligible “fall back” between pulses of power which would allow it to travel up an incline because of decreased “fall back”.


Page 4, POP, Information & Glossary

Feb 18, 2020

Now that I have the POP (Proof Of Principal) demo able to propel itself on wheels without any reverse action. It is strong enough to push small objects along with it, things like wrenches, spray cans, etc. It is time to find someone willing to duplicate it.
I am also switching back to just 2 flexplates turning as it is much easier to experiment with.


It should be made perfectly clear that I want this technology perfected but I also want it freely disseminated! In this blog there are no secrets regarding the workings of the reactionless drive. Most patents leave out critical details, or the details are skewed just enough to make an actual working model impossible. Such is the case with the patent filed by Brandson “Roy” Thornson. He spoke of stopping and/or steering the movement of the pendulum weights attached to the planet gears and he called them “planet traps”. I suppose he did this to increase the mystique of this critical component.
Much of this project is based upon Roy’s work from the 1970’s & I want to make sure that he gets credited for all his hard work and personal investment. Thank you Roy!
As this blog progresses there will be components talked about which should be defined now to aid in understanding and reduce confusion. So, here is a Glossary of common components.
Flexplate = The large round rotating plates the other gears are mounted to.
Sun Gear = The center gear, mounted to the flexplate’s axle, it does not turn.
Planet Gear = The outer gear, mounted to the flexplate. It rotates & orbits the sun gear.
Pendulum Weight = The weight attached to the planet gear(s) via a pivot.
Inner Stop = The place on the flexplate’s axle where the pend. weight makes contact.
Outer Stop = Mechanical device stopping or redirecting the movement of the pend. weight.
Brake = Stop 

Page 3, My First Functional Demo:

February 2020
As of February 7th, 2020, I have a functional demonstration unit. It will pull itself along on wheels.
I need participants to replicate this, as is the purpose of the Grassroots Mechanic’s Movement.
I am now starting to document the components used (lest I forget) and basic construction of the unit. It isn’t perfect & is not ready for real world testing in a street vehicle as there is still a very long pause between linear propulsion pulses. I believe that perhaps another complete unit matching the build of the current assembly but running exactly 180 degrees out of phase (or timing), would work to help compensate for the pause in linear propulsion.
The demonstration unit produces a pulsed linear motion which is produced by moving weights which are connected via pivoting mechanisms to planetary gears rotating around a sun gear of the same specs as the planet. Restraining the movement of the pivoting weight is critical to the operation of the unit and changing the timing of restraints is effective for increasing or decreasing the propulsive force.



In the videos below, the unit is running on a 2 speed, Honda Accord windshield wiper motor.

If you notice in the videos that at times the unit seems to not surge forward, it is because the workbench is not perfect, so the little bearings used as wheels are getting stuck and it pulls itself over the imperfections of the bench top surface.

Note: Input power load does not change regardless of the work load.

2 speed motor on low
2 speed motor on high

2 speed motor on high

Page 2, Roy Thornson’s System:

January 2020
As of January 10th, 2020, I have determined that the Thornson reactionless propulsion drive system known as the EZKL does indeed work & I now move forward with this base design & attempt to develop it in useful ways and perhaps ways that Mr. Thornson never did.
This all being said, I have researched the possibility of contacting Brandson Roy Thornson directly to get his approval for me to utilize portions of his research & offer to give him all due credit for his hard work. I found, however, his obituary. I may attempt to contact some of his surviving family at some point, but due to his passing & the expiration of the US patent I will simply & quietly continue forward with my endeavors to develop this reactionless propulsion into a usable transportation power transmission source. Specifically, I would like to see this developed as a type of “Plug-In Hybrid” powertrain module for automobiles.
Due to the high efficiency of this design, it’s reactionless propulsion stigma, and the potentially perceived threat to certain companies and/or entities involved in propulsion systems, great caution needs to be exercised during the development of this technology prior to and during any widespread public disclosure.
At this point, I believe that developing this as an “open-source” tech through the  formation a type of Grassroots Mechanic Movement may be the best route for spreading the development of this.
Note added 3/19/2020: Because of published obituaries and public newspaper articles, I believe most of Roy’s immediate family has passed. I found a son still living (Andrew Thornson) who has an active Facebook page, but I have not attempted contact.

Page 1, Reactionless Propulsion:

Dec 2019
After designing, building & testing a reasonably successful POC (proof of concept) reactionless propulsion device of my owndesign, I have temporarily shelved the original POC device in order to devote my time and energy to a very promising unit with a much more simplistic mechanical design.
The origin of this design was from a Canadian inventor named Roy Thornson. This reactionless propulsion unit was known as the EZKL by the inventor who attempted to present his device to the Canadian government with little success as the Canadian government seemed to have no interest in such a propulsion device. He gave numerous public & private demonstrations of the prototype EZKL, as well as lectures & presentations relating the working principals of his invention. It was reported that there were private demonstrations made to engineers & scientists from large companies worldwide. I found his information on the internet & found that he also had a long-expired US patent for the EZKL. After reviewing as much information as I could find published on the internet, I obtained a copy of the DVD which had video recordings of some of Mr. Thornson’s lectures, presentations & of him personally outlining his thought process regarding the EZKL. He also demonstrated the EZKL POC prototype on the video with explanations in vivid detail.
After reviewing his information, using his own words, videos, drawings & presentations as a guide, I proceeded to build a prototype of the EZKL. I have been able to observe the relationship(s) between it and my own design and have observed some basic design issues that my own research was able to help overcome.
At this time, I have had no one helping me or guiding me save for the late Mr. Thornson himself via the videos and written materials I purchased from some of the remaining repositories of nearly lost technical information.


Welcome to the Grassroots Mechanic Movement Blog: 
Most of the contents here are my personal notes & pictures, placed here as a record of my journey. It is not a written for anyone in particular. 
Comments are encouraged, even if only to say that you were here.
Thoughts, notes, or suggestions are welcome. 

Some visitors will undoubtedly wish to tell me how foolish and impossible this is, please do not bother, as flaming and/or non-constructive criticism will not be well received here.
I am B.
I am a professional Auto Tech with more than 35 years in the automotive mechanical industry. I am currently a garage manager responsible for the maintenance & repair of more than 20 vehicles in the Northeastern U.S. “Rust Belt” and I am looking forward to retirement.
I can be a grumpy old fart with little patience for closed-mindedness, so no apologies are offered if I offend anyone by being myself.
I am also an ASE certified Master Auto Technician, hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Automotive & Transportation Technologies and have earned many automotive, truck, bus & business certifications.
In short, I know how things work.
I am making this blog to make public the development & usage of this truly revolutionary technology that is capable of making almost any vehicle into an electric hybrid.
I am only one of many people building & testing this, and similar, tech worldwide. There are multiple designs which have been proven to work and this is only going to really discuss the one “originated” by Brandson Roy Thornson, and reworked by me personally.
This is a Closed-Loop Reactionless Impulse Propulsion system, and, yes it does actually work.
I expect:
Plenty of scoffing.
Accusations of making fraudulent claims.
Backlash from people who would rather not see this tech go mainstream.
Again, I am a grumpy old fart, so if anyone takes issue with my work it really doesn’t matter.
There are many well informed, educated, brilliant individuals who state unequivocally that his technology is nothing more than a pipe dream and/or pure bunk.
If you want to “blast” this content, I respectfully ask that you keep an open mind, be civil, and email me privately. I have neither the time or the patience to discuss this with anyone who just wishes to cause disruptions.
This is not a new technology, and although it has been demonstrated many times, there are those who close off their minds and refuse to entertain ideas which do not always fit into nice neat little packages.
Along with other fellow technicians, engineers and mechanics scattered around the globe, I am going ahead with revealing this tech at my own expense as a fully Open Source Project.
I have been writing this blog privately since the inception of this project and I think it is about time that I make it public.
I will be editing and then copying/pasting my original documentation here.
More will come as time allows.
Thanks for visiting & I truly encourage everyone to experiment with this tech.
A Note to all open-minded Mechanics & Experimenters,
(Added 4/10/2020)
This informal document’s purpose is providing information regarding a privately funded & produced project to build & test the feasibility of a reactionless propulsion system to be used in the transportation industry as a hybrid drive system that can be added to existing vehicles of multiple types. The electrically driven propulsion system I am outlining here is based on the Thornson EZKL Drive invented and partially developed by Brandson Roy Thornson. This and similar Thornson-like drives have been functionally proven, independently tested, and I can personally attest that there is no trickery involved.
While there are other types of potentially effective designs, this is intended to outline this functional Thornson-like Pulsed Linear Motion Generator and promote the dissemination of this information by promoting a Grassroots Mechanic Movement. This Technology needs to be developed and used without being restricted by any entity or entities who would see this monopolized or suppressed.
It has been vehemently opposed by the mainstream scientific community who are not willing to review and reinterpret the widely held concepts of movement conservation even when demonstrated via working machinery.
People who have invented, promoted or attempted to market similar tech have been stopped. Some were discredited through manipulation of public information, others were blacklisted – even after their device(s) were reproduced and tested by mainstream institutions (SUNY Buffalo, etc.).
This is the reasoning regarding the need to get this information to experimenters, and hobbyists through a grassroots type movement.
This tech is very reproducible at a reasonably low cost. It was built utilizing many recycled & re-purposed components. It is also very understandable to the mechanically inclined without any specialized training or the need for any advanced mathematics.
Review this data & please reproduce this tech for yourself.
Build it, use it, and show others how to build it.
That is the core of the Grassroots Mechanic Movement!
P.S. PLEASE ALSO NOTE: The construction techniques & methods along with the parts & materials used are not intended to comprise a finished device but are only used for prototyping. Welds are little more than tack welds, used components are used whenever possible & most parts are intended to be easily disassembled to make changes. That is exactly why unit(s) depicted here appear crude and cobbled together, but great care has been taken to ensure accuracy & safety while maintaining this as a low budget project.