Folks - I started to write this note on Monday on what was the 80th Birthday of my good friend, George Asche's wife June's 80th birthday. June has been in extremely poor health for the last 14 months and has surpassed all of the medical experts estimates. The last few weeks have been a struggle but when I dropped by to visit with flowers as I have done for now close to 20 years, she smiled, thanked me and tried hard to carry on a conversation. She was a very cool lady. She was both extremely
In this sport its funny how many times ones path crosses with a kindred spirit, This blog entry is of just such a person, whose daily driver, and I do mean year around daily driver, got another performance improvement. Not its first and not its last.
Proud to have a good friend of the AoK boys document his baby's latest performance update.
Here we go - As Fred started out -
"Hey all, had a suspicious package arrive today at the local Canada Post Office inside the General Store.
As suggested by Captain Fred in his blog entry on his 1940 Plymouth build, he wanted something done on cams.
Well, that can be quite a topic, and while you can find all kinds of article on the "inter-web" on how cams work in an engine, my goal is to put a Flathead Mopar slant on the topic.
Of course as my Grandfather used to say, an engine is nothing more and a large vacuum pump. Your cam turns lifting up intake valves, as pistons are being turned by a crank and that creates a vacuum. T
Well The Monster Lives... again..
As I hinted in past blog entries I knew and know where the legendary Plymouth Motorcycle is. I was in touch with its owner Louie Fisher a few years ago after he had acquired the motorcycle along with a buddy from the Dean Hensley estate back in 1992.
They had actually taken it to a couple of antique motorcycle meets in the early 90s and eventually took the big plunge to restore it. Recently they have taken the project from a basket case with no viable dr
We hear from people regularly who want another opinion on something, or feel the general forum doesn't fit their needs because they want to ask - where can I buy ???? Or is "$x" to much for this or that.
This is not a replacement for the buy and sell section of the forum, and for what it costs it is hugely under utilized. But if you maybe need a picture of a part you want to use to put up on that section asking to buy one, maybe we or a member can help you with it.
Post away and we
Hi guys -
As covered on the earlier blog entry, we have an adapter kit that allows you to bolt up a modern A833 floor shift overdrive on to your
stock bell housing. Please read this blog as it covers a lot more details.
We recently got a new supplier, and have kept the aircraft grade aluminum. The have drilled and bevelled holes for the flush mount
and come with the appropriate bevelled bolts, and have threaded holes were required. The truth is we could have d
I was asked if I could start a Nostalgic Chrysler Flathead Racing thread.
Of course, Plymouth, Dodge, Desoto, Fargo and Chryslers are all clearly included as are things like a friend of the families who have a Flathead Chrysler in a Model T Ford.. If it has a Mopar Flathead in it, well it likely belongs here.
Of course from Stock Car to Drag Racing, Walter Chrysler's engineers have had their fingers in the racing pie pretty much since the birth of the Chrysler Corporation.
Howdy Folks -
Well while we are awaiting the first lot of intakes to be cast George has been busy working on various linkage combinations.
Here is the 1st look close up of the finished prototype AoK dual carb intake for 23 1/2" USA flathead mopars. This one has - prototype linkage being developed for trucks or 1933-1938 Cars
Notice the left carb linkage bar has been cut short, and is not hooked to the left carb. That is strictly for prototype purposes It shows how
the serial number and
It's taken a long while but we got her put together this spring. Her name is Bettie. She ran so well that we chose to take her to the Hot Rod Dirt Drags in Monte Vista, Colorado. Won 1-3 against a big black merc. Blew up a second flex plate and found out the steering column needs a new bearing. Even with that she drove there and back home without a complaint! Woot!
Well folks its back from the machine shop and for the last prototype before production it is awesome!
Here are a couple of pictures.. The intake is designed to be able to accommodate a linkage bar on the inside or outside of
the intake, as well as a casted section for truck usage, which will double as a spot for a serial number. We will try and early this
week get an eta on getting the 1st batch, as well as George will make up a set of linkage and we will try and get a shipping
In this chapter: Its locked down, who knows and who cares how much HP it has, its time to take this puppy to Toronto International Dragway ! Lol.. the NHRA 1/4 mile track, not the now Toronto International Airport !
What had started off as a young guys spotting a dream car in a junk yard, had really become the ultimate family project in my family . Really made possible by my Dad, and both Grandfathers playing significant roles, as did a great deal of the family. I fully realize without the s
If an engine has run for many an rpm, it will change the insides, most notably the top of the cylinders, for a ring of 'carbon' will build up. This ring reduces the length of the piston's travel. To compensate for that loss several things must happen, the rods must torque a bit, or the bearings must give a bit, or the crankshaft or the piston or some of all of these must compensate for a shorter available stroke.
Eventually, especially when the engine must pull a heavy load, or climb a long h
I will start this Blog entry off with a cut and paste from an entry I recently posted on the forum.
I am not a fan of the non-mopar t5 transmission conversion. A great deal of those transmissions have gear splits that were meant for low horsepower, low torque engines and they just do not match up well to a flathead mopar. The are also in my opinion, a great deal of work to make the conversion. There are many models of the T5 transmission, with several having very little ove
Part 3 - 1st car I purchased! .. Out comes the engine and the rebuild begins!
We left off in my story with Mom knowing and surprisingly wasn’t quite ready to kill me. Of course my Mom is about 5 foot 2 and 120 pounds, and at 16 I was 6 feet and 220 pounds, but then, even I knew if she had it in for us Dad and I would be dead, lol figuratively speaking of course.
In any case, the week after Mom found out about the car and we had the little family show and tell, Dad and I started on the motor. O
Well it has been a while since we last checked in with the progress report on the New AoK intake.
As does happen some things just throw a curve ball into a project and the water jacket feature was our
curve ball. We have a perfectionist as our pattern maker and while it didn't increase in price, he most certainly
put in a ton of extra time trying to come up with a solution to the water jacket "perfect solution".
The perfect solution really became comprised of two factors.
1) We asked if it
We keep being asked about Mopar Overdrives, so I thought I would do a blog on spotting overdrives.
I know from the start this is not the definitive guide, thus I have titled it - "The Rough Field Spotters Guide for Overdrives" and this will start off being slanted towards Plymouths ! This will definitely grow as I need to take some pictures of earlier (pre-1942) overdrives to put up.
If you want to add replies with more information, super, more than welcome. If you want to
As referenced in my blog thread - The Rough Field Spotters Guide for Mopar Overdrives
One of the great articles I would like to refer to, is one that I have been given
Permission from “the living legend” - Jim Benjaminson to use here.
Of course if you are not a member of the Plymouth Owners Club here is the place to
Do that and catch other cool stuff and articles
Thanks for all the awesome responses I have received from members with pictures of intakes, brochures and
information as I keep putting together spotters guides on intakes and overdrives.
I love the shout outs and stories behind your cars. They are great and should be up on the reference area as
testimony to life lessons, great people and the stories behind their cars.
From my super sleuth http://p15-d24.com/user/5770-61farnham/ from the other side of the Pond in England
To Bob http://p15-d
Sharp Speed and Power Equipment - Al Sharp
First up a vintage decal from Sharp Speed and Power Equipment.
Yes this is the Al Sharp who under the banner "Sharp Engineering" Sponsored (and built the Hemi Heads) for the famous - "Mooneyham & Sharp 554 1934 Coupe" that can today be found be found at Don "Big Daddy" Garlits Drag Racing Museum oh and of course of the famous Hot Wheels collection !
It seems Al Sharp acquired the Fenton intake patterns at a bankruptcy auction from Aaron Fent
Ellis - Made intakes for Chrysler Corporation for the Dodge 331, 377 and 413 ci "super big" block truck engine.
They also made aftermarket intakes for both the USA small block and the Canadian big block 6 cylinder engines.
This intake is believed to be off a feb 1950 built 377 ci engine which was 4" bore and 5" stroke producing 154 hp at 3000rpm and 330 lbs of torque, 7 main bearing crank.
Here is an Ellis intake courtesy of http://p15-d24.com/user/296-ralph-d25cpe/
A nice exampl
All of these intakes are still being manufactured or substantial amounts of new product still exists.
Offenhauser - still made, available at many suppliers, even the big chains like Summit Racing, and they also
sell "connection kits" with linkage. These dual carb intakes are for the 201, 217 and 230 USA small block engines.
Fenton - still readily available although I did not see them on the big chains.
3rd part in the series, its for me the Grand Daddy of them all, straight from the Chrysler Engine Factory in Windsor Ontario Canada, factory Dual Carb intake, and factory Dual exhaust which were options on Dodge Trucks. Most believe they were only on 265 ci engines, however that is incorrect. They were available through a factory order on either the 250 or 265 ci motors, and at Dodge truck dealers, they would happily put them on any new truck you wished to put them on.
There is a local farmer w
In creating this spotters guide for Flathead Plymouth, Dodge, Chrysler, Desoto, Fargo intakes
my hope was to show related information, pictures of various intakes, and attach any technical information
and perhaps vintage ads for them.
I am starting it here in hopes of putting something together with the help of many members and then maybe move it to the technical archives.
Why do it here ? Only because I or someone can edit and compile.
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