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Diaphone Jim 03-10-2020 11:51 AM

I found this trying to find out if those are square barrels. I loved their look on Gold Stars, e.g.
Indeed a beauty.

"The engine was built in the late 40's by Australian Jim McMahan. It uses a Ford V8 (60) crankshaft and rods held in a sheet steel block that supports four Triumph/BSA cylinders and heads with two pistons each. Because the heads are of the hemi-combustion chamber design with valves on each side, there are three camshafts. One is located as a conventional Ford V8 operating the intake valves. The other two cams are on the outer sides and operate the exhaust valves. All of the cams are chain operated inside front mounted large case. Mounted to the front of the chain case in an oil pump and magneto drive. Intake manifolds are hand fabricated and mount two Stromberg Model 97 carbs.

Jim raced his hand built midget engine at Southern California and San Joaqin Valley race tracks and experienced some good success for a few races. However, an accident claimed his life the wonderful engine was forgotten about for a long time. The remnats resided in LA junk yard until it was discovered by a friend of Bill Smith, founder of Speedway Motors and The Smith Collection Museum of American Speed. After many man hours of pains taking labor it has been restored to its former wonderful example of hand made engineering and is now housed in the midget race car display area of the Smith Collection. It is another illustration of how this great facility is preserving the racing heritage of years gone by."

xoxoxoBruce 03-11-2020 12:35 AM

Yeah, but how did he handle the .625" difference in stroke?

xoxoxoBruce 03-17-2020 12:32 AM

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xoxoxoBruce 03-19-2020 11:48 PM

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"Steel Horses"

Diaphone Jim 03-20-2020 11:40 AM

Zoomed in, you can see that all the background is already plowed.
What an evocative photo.

Griff 03-20-2020 12:02 PM

Considering the Dust Bowl ran 1930-35 this is deeper.

xoxoxoBruce 03-26-2020 10:25 AM

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xoxoxoBruce 04-02-2020 01:36 AM

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Now that's an iron horse...

Griff 04-02-2020 06:21 AM

That's pretty sweet. I guess Wheel Horse was natural progression.

Diaphone Jim 04-02-2020 11:04 AM

It appears to be a WWI-era recruiting wagon.
What does the hand-held sign say?

xoxoxoBruce 04-06-2020 02:10 AM

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All I can make out on the tennis racket is Are You On The...

Renault big-foot...

Happy Monkey 04-06-2020 12:43 PM

Assuming it actually works towards its purpose, that's an ingenious mechanism.

xoxoxoBruce 04-06-2020 02:36 PM

It probably did as it had been used on early armored and artillery pieces in WW I.

xoxoxoBruce 04-08-2020 01:00 AM

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Did you hear the one about the fast doozy and the French hooker?

xoxoxoBruce 04-10-2020 03:37 PM

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99 wheelbases?

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