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Old 04-20-2019, 12:56 AM   #25
Fordors
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Default Re: Ford ran 2/3 cars at the 1035 Indy 500?

Lew Welch was the money man behind the Novi and he called out some of the specs for the bottom end. He wanted the three main crank and also the rod and main journals the same as Ford dimensions. Welch was a factory authorized engine rebuilder for Ford and I guess that influenced his decisions. Bud Winfield got involved early on, as did Leo Goossen who had been both Harry Miller’s and Fred Offenhauser’s draftsman so naturally there was some Offenhauser influence to the design. No doubt Bud called on his brother to engineer the camshafts.
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