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If there was nothing there that would be considered dangerous with Tesla Papers if it fell into enemy hands – why did they then declared his papers be top secret by the War Department…..?

If there was nothing there that would be considered dangerous with Tesla Papers if it fell into enemy hands – why did they then declared his papers be top secret by the War Department…..?

Today it is almost impossible to reproduce this part of Nikola Tesla’s work, which is concerned with the zero-point energy, at least because there are hardly any reliable publications available. It is said, that Tesla was able to transport energy trough the space of trough the surface of the earth (or trough the atmosphere ?). He got some patents for this type of energy distribution.

 Furthermore it is known, that Tesla built up the „Wardenclyffe Tower” on Long Island in 1903, from which is said, that he could distribute energy without any cables even on the long distance to Europe. It is said furthermore, that J. P. Morgan stopped this development of energy distribution, because it was not clear how to put a meter on it to make an electricity bill [Val o8]. To what extent Tesla can be regarded as a pioneer of zero-point energy is not clear. There is an anecdote telling that Tesla modified a car (“Pierce Arrow”) in a way that he could drive without gasoline. But the car disappeared together with the “box” supplying the car with energy. And the only publications about this project is said to be the daily press of Buffalo in 1931. Of course there are no scientific articles there. The reason, why Tesla is mentioned here is, that he expressed his expectation, that it should become possible to utilize the enerav of the void.


It is rumored in books and on the web that Tesla built and drove an electric powered Pierce Arrow car back in the early 1930s. I picked a few of those stories off the web to see if there was any truth to them and to correlate that data to see if it was even close to a “real” motor design.

“Electrical power is everywhere present in unlimited quantities and can drive the world’s machinery without the need for coal, oil or gas” – Nikola Tesla, 1892

I came across this picture and could not resist starting the reverse engineering section with it. It’s a picture of a 1931 Pierce Arrow; I know it’s been photo shopped just look at the tires. However, the quote by Tesla himself lends some credibility to the story’s truth; he certainly thought it was possible! The following four (4) Tesla car stories are all similar, but each details different points. In the stories I highlighted (italics) any information about either the motor or the controller. You may get tired of reading the “same” story over and over again (four times), but repetition does have a way of making a point!

(1 of 4) Nikola Tesla’s ‘Black Magic’ Touring Car

In the summer of 1931, Nikola Tesla, the inventor of alternating current and the holder of some 1200 other U.S. patents, along with his nephew Peter Savo, installed a box on the front seat of a brand new Pierce-Arrow touring car at the company factory in Buffalo, New York. The box is said to have been 24 inches long, 12 inches wide and 6 inches high. Out of it protruded a 1.8 meter long antenna and two Y. inch metal rods. Inside the box was reputed to be some dozen vacuum tubes – 70-L-7 type – and other electrical parts. Two wire leads ran from the box to a newly-installed 90 inch long, 30 inch diameter AC motor that replaced the gasoline engine.

As the story goes, Tesla inserted the two metal rods and announced confidently, “We now have power” and then proceeded to drive the car for a week, “often at speeds of up to 90 mph.” One account says the motor developed 1,800 rpm and got fairly hot when operating, requiring a cooling fan. The “converter” box is said to have generated enough electrical energy to also power the lights in a home.

Nikola Tesla’s Wireless Electric Automobile Explained

Nikola Tesla proved in 1931 that it is possible to power our vehicles without a drop of fossil fuel. He removed the gasoline engine of a Pierce Arrow and replaced it with an electric motor and drove for hours, at speeds as high as 90 mph. Today, 81 years later, it is still possible to convert any gasoline engine vehicle into an all-electric vehicle and it will operate for hours – without having to stop and recharge. Not a drop of oil, gasoline, hydrogen fuel, natural gas or water. No combustion engine. No exhaust system. No pollution. Supported by the Pierce-Arrow Co. and General Electric in 1931, Tesla took the gasoline engine from a new Pierce-Arrow and replaced it with an 80-horsepower alternating-current (AC) electric motor with no external power source. At a local radio supply shop he bought 12 vacuum tubes, some wires and assorted resistors, and assembled them in a circuit box 24 inches long, 12 inches wide and 6 inches high, with a pair of 3-inch rods sticking out. Getting into the car with the circuit box in the front seat beside him, he pushed the rods in, announced, “We now have power,” and proceeded to test drive the car for a full week, often at speeds of up to 90 mph. His car was never plugged into any electrical receptacle for a recharge. As it was an alternating-current motor and there were no batteries involved, where did the power come from? Tesla used the collection of vacuum tubes (also called a valve amplifier), wires and assorted resistors to build a radio wave receiver/amplifier 24 inches long, 12 inches wide and 6 inches high, with a pair of 3-inch rods 1/4″ in diameter sticking out. The pair of rods that Tesla pushed in were used to close (complete) the circuit – like an on/off switch. The rod ends were most likely the positive and negative leads (connections) between the car antenna and the radio wave receiver/amplifier. By pushing them into the box containing the radio wave receiver/amplifier the connection was completed allowing the radio waves that were received from the air by the antenna to flow through the receiver/amplifier to the electric motor.

Tesla certainly did not work for Edison’s “General Electric” Co; he worked for George “Westinghouse”.

(3 of 4) Tesla’s Black Box Car

In 1931, he participated in an experiment involving aetheric power. Unexpectedly, almost inappropriately, he was asked to accompany his uncle on a long train ride to Buffalo. A few times in this journey, Mr. Savo asked the nature of their journey. Dr. Tesla remained unwilling to disclose any information, speaking rather directly to this issue. Taken into a small garage, Dr. Tesla walked directly to a Pierce Arrow, opened the hood and began making a few adjustments. In place of the engine, there was an AC motor. This measured a little more than 3 feet long, and a little more than 2 feet in diameter. From it trailed two very thick cables, which connected with the dashboard. In addition, there was an ordinary 12-volt storage battery.

The motor was rated at 80 horsepower. Maximum rotor speed was stated to be 30 turns per second. A 6-foot antenna rod was fitted into the rear section of the car.

Dr. Tesla stepped into the passenger side and began making adjustments on a “power receiver” which had been built directly into the dashboard. The receiver, no larger than a short-wave radio of the day, used 12 special tubes, which Dr. Tesla brought with him in a box-like case.

Mr. Savo told Mr. Ahler that Dr. Tesla built the receiver in his hotel room, a device 2 feet in length, nearly 1 foot wide, a 1/2 foot high. These curiously constructed tubes having been properly installed in their sockets, Dr. Tesla pushed in 2 contact rods and informed Mr. Savo that power was now available to drive. Several additional meters read values, which Dr. Tesla would not explain. No sound was heard. Dr. Tesla handed Mr. Savo the ignition key and told him to start the engine, which he promptly did. Yet hearing nothing, the accelerator was applied, and the car instantly moved. Tesla’s nephew drove this vehicle without other fuel for an undetermined long interval. Mr. Savo drove a distance of 50 miles through the city and out to the surrounding countryside. The car was tested to speeds of 90 mph, with the speedometer rated to 120.

(4 of 4) Nikola Tesla had an Electric Pierce Arrow back in 1931

The ICE engine was replaced with an Electric Motor. The power source was a black box of radio tubes, in the glove compartment. The box had an antenna sticking out. Tesla would fool with some tuners and tune in the right frequency and got 290 volts delivered through the air to his car. The car ran almost silent. Here is the story: It was a Pierce Arrow, one of the luxury cars of the period. The engine had been removed, leaving the clutch, gearbox and transmission to the rear wheels undisturbed. The gasoline engine had been replaced with a round, completely enclosed electric motor of approximately 1m in length and 65cm in diameter, with a cooling fan in front. Reputedly, it has no distributor. Tesla was not willing to say who had manufactured the engine. It was possibly one of the divisions of Westinghouse. The “energy receiver” (gravitational energy converter) had been built by Tesla himself. The dimensions of the convener housing were approximately 60 x 25 x 15cm. It was installed in front of the dashboard. Among other things, the converter contained 12 vacuum tubes, of which three were of the 70-L-7 type. A heavy antenna approximately LB meters long, came out of the convener. This antenna apparently had the same function as that on the Moray converter (see chapter on Radiant Energy). Furthermore, two thick rods protruded approximately nem from the converter housing. Tesla pushed them in saying “Now we have power.” The motor achieved a maximum of 1800rpm. Tesla said it was fairly hot when operating, and therefore a cooling fan was required. For the rest, he said there was enough power in the converter to illuminate an entire house, besides running the car engine. The car was tested for a week, reaching a top speed of 90 miles per hour effortlessly. Its performance data were at least comparable to those of an automobile using gasoline. At a stop sign, a passerby remarked that there were no exhaust gasses coming from the exhaust pipe. “We have no motor.” The car was kept on a farm, perhaps 20 miles outside of Buffalo, not far from Niagara Falls.’

Text Source; Nikola Tesla’s Electricity Unplugged: Wireless Transmission of Power

On January 7, 1943, right in the middle of World War II, Tesla died alone in his room of the New Yorker hotel. His body was not discovered for two days until a maid ignoring his “Do Not Disturb” sign on the door opened it. It seems Tesla died from a heart attack. Immediately, the FBI seized all of Tesla’s belongings, even though he was an American citizen. John Trump, a professor at M.I.T., was called in to analyze everything. He concluded that there was nothing there that would be considered dangerous if it fell into enemy hands.

If there was nothing there that would be considered dangerous with Tesla Papers if it fell into enemy hands – why did they then declared his papers be  top secret by the War Department…..?

Next morning, Tesla’s body was already gone as were his effects. Papers and notebooks were missing, including a treasured black notebook that contained hundreds of pages of technical research notes. Two days later, the U.S. Office of Alien Property seized all of Tesla’s possessions, and his papers were declared top secret by the War Department due to the nature of the inventions and patents.

Peter Horttanainen

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