Device Makes Automobile Exhaust Gases Harmless (Nov, 1938)

If only modern exhaust pipes looked like this… Pimped out cars could have spinning ones that look like Gatling guns or the pipes could all move in and out in a pattern.

Device Makes Automobile Exhaust Gases Harmless
EASILY attached to the exhaust of an automobile, a patented exhaust oxidizing receiver device (above) is said to cause a dissolution of the carbon monoxide gases, reducing them to an absolute minimum so that they are harmless to human beings. During tests of the device, a live animal was subjected to the exhaust fumes of a running auto equipped with the receiver for a period of 60 minutes and blood tests of the animal failed to reveal any ill effects. It is believed that use of the device would eliminate the numerous cases of headaches, illness and deaths which are attributed to breathing carbon monoxide while motoring in heavy traffic or when warming up an auto engine in a closed garage.

  1. Kosher Ham says: December 2, 20112:56 pm

    At first sight I thought that it was a spark arrestor; The second thought was unless he is using a special catalyst; he is going to have to wait until the oil companies start producing unleaded gas.
    Finally I wonder how it will handle a backfire; I understand that it was not unusual to also add a sparkplug to the exhaust system along with gas injection to make even a louder backfire with flames.

  2. Tim says: December 2, 20114:06 pm

    I thought it was a water-saving shower head.

  3. Anton says: December 2, 20117:27 pm

    If it had worked to today’s standard auto emission test requirements, better believe we’d all have one if it costs less than all the products on today’s cars. Notice that carbon monoxide is the main consideration and no details other than the picture is provided. Material used and principles employed are of interest to me. Maybe, just the presence of CO in the blood was checked for in the animal. A step in the right direction, nevertheless. “Reducing them to an absolute minimum”???

  4. DrewE says: December 5, 201111:40 am

    I think all it does is dilute the exhaust gasses with the surrounding air, at least gauging from its external appearance. The nozzles and tubes are arranged to form a sort of venturi, not unlike the typical arrangement used on many gas burners to mix the gas and the air. Unless there’s some sort of catalyst lining in the tubes it can’t be reducing the total CO production, only the concentration of it right at the output. (If it got hot enough and the CO concentration was high enough, it might be possible for it to burn the CO, but I suspect the engine would have to be very badly out of tune to produce sufficient CO for that to work.)

    Assuming it’s just mixing the air and the exhaust, it would of course be utterly useless in preventing CO buildup in an enclosed garage or similar setting.

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