Under the Hood

Doing a little bit of under hood/bonnet painting before the weather gets too cold to get outside. Not exactly concours but looks a bit better. Much more left to do, but as you can see we’ve come quite a way!

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After the Flathead the Ford Y-Block V8 Engine

After the Flathead

The Ford Y Block V8

 

The venerable hot rodders favourite Ford Flathead V8 reached the end of it’s life, (at least in the States :)), in 1953 and it was followed up by the introduction of the Y Block OHV V8 in 1954.

The Y Blocks came in 239, 256 cubic inch variants for 1954, for 1955 272 and 292 cubic inch units were added.

In 1956 the 312 cubic inch motor was added to the range, this engine family ran until 1964 when it was replaced by the Windsor and Cleveland V8’s

For a really good detailed look at the Y Block V8 and where it was utilised you can read here at the motor-car.co.uk website.

 

The Famous Horse Beating 1932 Ford “Pete Henderson” Roadster Sold for $192,500 at RM Sotheby’s Hershey Auction

1932 Ford

1932 Ford “Pete Henderson” Roadster

 

As the story goes, back in 1944, a guy with a quick quarter horse won countless bets challenging hot cars to a race. This roadster, however, had a reputation as the quickest car in the San Fernando Valley. With Pete Henderson behind the wheel, in a specially staged race held in La Habra, and witnessed by a large crowd, including speed equipment gurus Vic Edelbrock Sr., Ed Winfield, and Phil Weiand, this deuce was the only car that ever won. Ernie McAfee took a famous grainy photo showing the roadster edging out the horse. Noted hot rod racer Ak Miller and writer Gray Baskerville always said they could trace the origins of ¼-mile drag racing to that famous contest.

The full listing can be found here

 

 

Model “A” Ford Refilled with STOPNOX at 17 Cents a Gallon – From “The Old Motor”

The Old Motor

1930 Model “A” Ford Refilled with STOPNOX at 17 Cents a Gallon

Interesting article from The Old Motor about the issues with spark knock, pinging and detonation back in the day.

Fuel with tetraethyllead additive names like STOPNOX and other references to either ethyl or  nox in the name was common back in the day.

You can read the full article here

 

The McGee Roadster : Hot Rod Legend

The McGee Deuce roadster, one of the most iconic hot rods ever, is now the focus of an exciting full-length documentary by the Historic Vehicle Association. Packed with vintage and contemporary action footage, and interviews with guys like Ed Iskenderian, the roadster’s current owner, Bruce Meyer, and TRJ senior contributor Pat Ganahl and senior editor Greg Sharp, the film captures the spirit of the car and the era it was born from. Click here to see a one-minute teaser and the full 20-minute documentary.

Hemmings Find of the Day – Jack Hagemann Jr 1925 Ford Roadster – Daniel Strohl

Hemmings Find of the Day – 1925 Ford roadster

Hemmings Find of the Day – 1925 Ford roadster

Raw aluminum Hagemann-built 1925 Ford boattail roadster for sale on Hemmings.com. From the seller’s description:

On sale here for just $127500!

“Raw and Beautiful, truly a functional work of art and superior craftsmanship! This all aluminum bodied Boat-Tail Speedster Roadster was professionally hand built and currently owned by Jack Hagemann Jr, who is well known for his legendary metal fabrication skills & hand formed components that can be found on countless award winning show & race cars. Jack is a true master of the Hot Rod Industry and 1991 Grand National Roadster Show “GNRS” Hall of Fame Inductee. Own and drive a piece of history, 1 of 1 from the pavement up and the perfect addition to any collection, no disappointments…

Equipment

Body/Exterior: One-off hand formed design, 0.063″ 3003 H14 aluminum alloy, track T style nose & grill assembly, tight fit rolled edge fenders, one piece hood & removable vented hood-sides, side interior air vents, custom curved windshield, one piece removable rear boat-tail section, roll over rear safety hoop & nerf bar, formed headlamp buckets, recessed LED rear lighting & 3rd brake lamps, track style rolled underbelly w/airflow venting and PS Engineering alloy wheels w/Trigon pin-drive hubs…

 

Chassis/Suspension/Braking: Hand fabricated Hagemann chassis/frame/suspension (58.5″ front-track, 57″ rear-track & 102.5″ wheelbase) 1.5″ 0.126 mild steel tube w/torsional cross-member structure components, hand built chromoly A arms & suspension components, MPD parallel front torsion bars, Woodward NASCAR rack & pinion steering, QA1 front forward center shocks, rear triangulated four bar suspension & MPD cross-torsion bars, QA1 rear shocks and Attebury 4 wheel Disc brakes…

 

Engine/Power-Train: Ford Racing GT-40 302 cubic inch 320HP crate engine, aluminum cylinder heads, aluminum Edelbrock intake manifold & 4bbl carburetor, MSD Pro Distributor & ignition, hand fabricated ceramic coated headers & side exhaust, Griffin aluminum radiator w/electric cooling fan, Tremec 5 speed transmission, performance clutch assembly & Tilton hydraulic master cylinder and narrowed Ford 8″ rear differential (3:55 ratio)…

 

Interior & Related: Hand crafted aluminum alloy interior & bucket racing seats, Sid Chavers tan leather seat upholstery w/perforated center sections & wool carpet, aircraft style dash assembly w/push button start, Ford Racing instrumentation, one-off steering column, interior side & floor passenger airflow, racing lap seat belts and custom behind seat storage/access…”

 

Hemmings Find of the Day - 1925 Ford roadster

Hemmings Find of the Day – 1925 Ford roadster

Hemmings Find of the Day - 1925 Ford roadster

Hemmings Find of the Day – 1925 Ford roadster

Hemmings Find of the Day - 1925 Ford roadster

Hemmings Find of the Day – 1925 Ford roadster

Historic Engines – The Fabulous Ford Flathead V8 – From Jeff Zurschmeide at enginelabs.com

Excerpt from Jeff Zurschmeide’s Flathead V8 article on enginelabs.com

In the history of automotive engines, it’s impossible to overstate the importance of the V8 design. By dividing the eight cylinders into two banks of four, engineers achieved a powerful, yet compact unit that could fit into the vast majority of engine bays also sized to fit four or six-cylinder engines.

Ford did not invent the V8 engine, but it can be fairly said that they brought it into everyday use. Some European marques and Cadillac had V8 engines decades before Ford developed the engine that would yield affordable performance and create the basis for hot rodding

Read the rest of the article here

 

Historic Engines – The Fabulous Ford Flathead

Historic Engines – The Fabulous Ford Flathead

The Oldest Automobile Models Still In Production In 2018 – Bobby Kimbrough Rod Authority

Interesting article from Bobby Kimbrough of Rod Authority discusses the oldest marques still in production going into 2018

A very rare 1947 Chevy Suburban.

A very rare 1947 Chevy Suburban.

1937 Chevrolet Suburban.

1937 Chevrolet Suburban.

You can read the article here

 

Shay, Pray and the Replica Car Movement Part 1

Back in the late 70’s and early 80’s replicas of famous classics became popular for a brief period in the States

Two of the prime movers were Harry Shay and Glenn Pray.

Harry’s company created replicas of the Ford Model A and Thunderbird under licence from Ford and sold via the Ford dealer network.

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Between 1979 and 1980 Harry’s company produced 2000 Shay Roadsters, by 1982 Harry’s company had filed for bankruptcy when it was declared that 5000 Roadsters and 200 Thunderbirds had been produced.

After the bankruptcy a company named Camelot took over the production of the former Shay models, however they too eventually went out of business.

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Between 1982 until 1993 Speedway Motors sold an identical product in kit form called the Modern A

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You can read the full story in more detail here