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Old 06-11-2013, 09:46 PM   #1
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Default Something different?

I was up in the Chicago area last week, and many of the suburbs there have a "Main Street Car show" every Friday night, where they block off downtown streets and you can park your special interest vehicle. I went to the one in Wheaton.

There was an "A" coupe of some flavor, a hot rod, with an 8BA flatty but with heads I had never seen before. Spark plug spacing was very different, for starters. I asked the owner what the heads were, and it turns out he used to work at a CNC place, and just made his own three-piiece heads! The real shocker was, he said he cc'd the stock heads, then made the combustion chambers on his heads for 12:1 compression ratio!!

I did not get a chance to hear it run. I wouldn't have thought it was even possible to get that high with a flathead? I wonder how long the rods will last??

Note also the homemade injection system. He also CNC'd a custom torsion bar rear suspension that was very interesting.
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Old 06-12-2013, 02:39 AM   #2
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Yep, here's an earlier blown version with 7.5:1 heads.
Would like to see what's under the covers.
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Old 06-12-2013, 08:03 AM   #3
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That Latham supercharger is an interesting piece in it's own right.

There are some other crafty looking parts on that car.....some skills shown by the builder. 12 to 1 seems a bit of an exaggeration though.......but with his talent.........maybe?
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Old 06-12-2013, 10:32 AM   #4
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Has he kept it "flathead" or has he gone the Ardun route of overhead valves. Can't tell with the photos.
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Old 06-12-2013, 11:41 AM   #5
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It's a flathead
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Old 06-12-2013, 12:25 PM   #6
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Hi,
Which town did you find this engine in? I am in that area and would love to dig it up. Thanks, Al K.
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