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Old 04-18-2019, 03:14 PM   #1
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Default Ford ran 2/3 cars at the 1035 Indy 500?

Ford ran several car at the 35 Indy 500. They were built by Harry Miller and were front wheel drive. They left the racer after ??? laps with steering box failure. I can't find any information on the engines. The cars were capable of over 100 MPH lap speeds. Looking for information on these cars and engines. Thanks Gramps
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Old 04-18-2019, 03:40 PM   #2
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Old 04-18-2019, 03:50 PM   #3
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The legend is that the engines in those race cars used a 2 x 2 intake manifold with the carbs mounted "backwards" due to the front wheel drive. The patterns for these manifolds were supposedly used after WW II to produce the Hexagon Tool manifolds.
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The most beautiful Indy racer ever built IMO.
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Old 04-18-2019, 04:24 PM   #5
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The legend is that the engines in those race cars used a 2 x 2 intake manifold with the carbs mounted "backwards" due to the front wheel drive. The patterns for these manifolds were supposedly used after WW II to produce the Hexagon Tool manifolds.
Yes, kinda of. Originally, the cars were set up with a Miller-designed 4x1 bbl intake.

Edsel worked with the Hexagon Tool Co. to produce a 2x2 intake (with carbs mounted 180 degrees backwards) using 2 bbl. Strombergs (48's?).

The 2X2 equipped Stromberg cars ran better and a fair number (no sure how many) of the '35 Ford Indy cars then used this induction set up.

As Ron mentioned, exhaust ran too close to the steering box and then cooked the internals to premature failure.

Ford was so embarrassed by the DNF, he pulled out of factory-sponsored racing as a result.

I believe it wasn't until Henry II did they get back into it. I could be wrong on this.
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Love the 35 grille!
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Check Speedway motors website
Says engines were ported hot cam balanced Bonalite heads @ 9.5 compression & 4 single barrel carbs “special “ 4 ring pistons

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Old 04-18-2019, 04:13 PM   #8
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The steering boxes were not shielded from the exhausts. As the steering box got hotter with each lap the steering got tighter and tighter, eventually leading to cars that could not be steered. HF was pissed and never went back.
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Old 04-18-2019, 05:22 PM   #9
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I think there is a car in the museum at indianoplis.
I would have to look back at my pics to be sure.
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Those were the ultimate vintage Ford race cars even if they did fail miserably. I have some original magazines with articles on those cars I'll dig them out. I think I know where they are at? I have hundreds or more dry lakes photos I've borrowed or bought. I have photos of one of the Miller Indy cars at Muroc. I have so much of this stuff its getting hard too remember whose collection it was in that I copied and where I filed it?

One of those cars was sold to the son of the man that owned most of the radio stations in CA, Don Lee. That was probably around 1940. The hill that the Hollywood sign is on is named "Mt. Lee", because he had his broadcasting antennas up there. He probably owned the entire hill. Its still named Mt. Lee but you never here it mentioned.

His kid which more of an adult had a large collection of real exotic foreign cars. He had one of these '35 Indy cars in his collection. He showed up at the dry lakes in those cars as a spectator. Cars were band from competing unless they had American made engines. Overhead cam engines were banned too because it was suppose to be for amateur racing. I have a late 1940s parts price list for Offenhauser engines. A complete engine was something like $20,000.00 in today's dollars. So when you here the story of how a little V860 Edelbrock built flathead, in a Midget, beat a Midget with an Offenhauser engine, that was a big deal. Even if the V860 was inhaling nitro.

If this was your daddy (below) in 1940 you would have been driving around town in a 1935 Indy Car, or one of a dozen other highest priced sports cars in the world. In later year's he was in a traffic accident and suffered from excruciating back pain for years. I can relate to him after two failed surgeries. He went to the top of one of his dad's buildings and jumped off.

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Having amassed a fortune selling automobiles, Lee branched out in broadcasting in 1926 when he purchased KFRC in San Francisco and relocated the station to the top floor of his Cadillac dealership at 1000 Van Ness Ave. In 1927 he purchased KHJ in Los Angeles.[2] By mid-September 1932, Lee also had full control of KDB, Santa Barbara, and KGB, San Diego.[3]
From 1929 to 1936, the 12-station Don Lee Network was affiliated with Columbia Broadcasting System. This venture was known as the Don Lee-Columbia Network. However, in 1936, CBS purchased KNX, along with some other West Coast stations. It also forged some new West Coast network alliances. This led to the Don Lee Network, now run by son Tommy Lee, to end its affiliation with CBS. Instead, on December 30, 1936, it became an affiliate of the Mutual Network. The two networks were known in newspaper ads as Don Lee-Mutual. Don Lee programs were offered to affiliates when Mutual had vacant time slots. The Don Lee Network was sold to ABC Radio on April 26, 1959. Programs became part of ABC.[4]
In 1931 Lee was granted a license to begin experimental television broadcasts with station W6XAO in Los Angeles.[5] The station later became KTSL, KNXT and is currently KCBS-TV. The ridge above the Hollywood sign, where Lee established his transmitter, is still known as "Mount Lee".

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Old 04-18-2019, 05:45 PM   #11
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There is a 1933 Ford V8 raced by Fred Frame in a museum somewhere in U.S. There is a bit of a controversy about the engine on it to what carburetors it was running as their was no photos of the original engine I wonder what carburettors and how many of them is on that 1933 Ford V8 in that Museum.
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Old 04-18-2019, 05:49 PM   #12
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While visiting the link to The Henry Ford... Be sure to click the ribbon of photos. Here's a nice one. Of course, stolen from their website.

I found an article in the March-April 1985 V-8 Times about them. If anyone hasn't purchased their flash drive with 50 years of magazines and a way to search for indexed articles, you need to do it. https://shop.efv8.org/collections/me...es-flash-drive
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While visiting the link to The Henry Ford... Be sure to click the ribbon of photos. Here's a nice one. Of course, stolen from their website.

I found an article in the March-April 1985 V-8 Times about them. If anyone hasn't purchased their flash drive with 50 years of magazines and a way to search for indexed articles, you need to do it. https://shop.efv8.org/collections/me...es-flash-drive
That photo of the engine shows that four-carb intake in 1935. I never understood why the four-carb or even a three-carb intake did not come along until after the War. Even on the fastest dry lakes cars? It took all those year's for the technology to catch up with that 1935 Indy intake.
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Old 04-18-2019, 08:55 PM   #15
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I understand the front wheel drive was designed and built by Novi, which later built the Novi V8 which developed 500 hp and Granateli ran befor the turbine. I think the Novi engine was designed by Windfield.. alot of history here, wish we knew more.
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I understand the front wheel drive was designed and built by Novi, which later built the Novi V8 which developed 500 hp and Granateli ran befor the turbine. I think the Novi engine was designed by Windfield.. alot of history here, wish we knew more.
Thanks for the birthday gratings, as the Rabi said, 'won't be long now.'
I was sort of friends with Kong Jackson. I drove down there a few times and spent the day listening to his stories. I'd ask him a question and his hearing was so bad he would tell me a completely different story. Which was good, I learned things I would not have found out otherwise. Kong was best friends with Ed Winfield, he worshiped Ed. That's all he wanted to talk about. Anybody that knew him will tell you how brilliant the guy was. Ed's brother, which I believe was named Bud seems to have had more to do with the Novi than Ed did. You will see photos of Bud with the Novi engines and cars but never Ed? There is only a handful of Ed Winfield photos. He was a pretty stealthy and secretive guy.

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There is only a handful of Ed Winfield photos. He was a pretty stealthy and secretive guy.
Kong, Ed Winfield and me in 1976 outside Ed's house in Vegas. It was fun looking through his photo album.



That was my "B" motor with a Cook four port. Notice the one of a kind Kong ignition with the olds four banger dist cap. Had two Winfield downdrafts on the other side That roadster pickup was a runner. They cannot help but run with me getting advice from Wess Cooper and Kong Jackson

Here is a good read on Ed https://www.nwvs.org/Technical/2104EdWinfield.pdf
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Kong, Ed Winfield and me in 1976 outside Ed's house in Vegas. It was fun looking through his photo album.



That was my "B" motor with a Cook four port. Notice the one of a kind Kong ignition with the olds four banger dist cap. Had two Winfield downdrafts on the other side That roadster pickup was a runner. They cannot help but run with me getting advice from Wess Cooper and Kong Jackson

Here is a good read on Ed https://www.nwvs.org/Technical/2104EdWinfield.pdf

I've always loved this picture. So great. I bet that motor was a runner.

When I in my '20's, I called and spoke to both Kong and Navarro. I was just a dumb kid and didn't realize the magnitude of the gentlemen I was speaking to. I wish I could go back in time and talk to them again and the questions I would ask them now.
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Kong, Ed Winfield and me in 1976 outside Ed's house in Vegas. It was fun looking through his photo album.



That was my "B" motor with a Cook four port. Notice the one of a kind Kong ignition with the olds four banger dist cap. Had two Winfield downdrafts on the other side That roadster pickup was a runner. They cannot help but run with me getting advice from Wess Cooper and Kong Jackson

Here is a good read on Ed https://www.nwvs.org/Technical/2104EdWinfield.pdf
This is a great read, thanks for the link.
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This is a great read, thanks for the link.
The guy that wrote that article was Crazy Chris Eggsgaard. He was a total character in his own right. I knew him pretty well pre 1980. He owned an early 1930 Indy winner.

Did you know that in 1933 every Indy car that qualified but one ran Winfield Carburetors. A few days before the race the Zenith special was not doing so good. Ed designed a manifold, got it welded up and he put his carbs on it. So by race day they all had his carbs.
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