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Old 04-20-2020, 01:57 PM   #1
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Default Ooh...'Luminum 8BA?

Sniffin'-around on the internet this morning while looking for something else, I came across this one lone picture of what appears to be an aluminum 8BA block. What's really interesting is the EXTRA ports on the top, intake surface that appear to be EXHAUST ports....? Pretty damned sure this ain't the Kirby block. Hmmm! DD


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Old 04-20-2020, 02:04 PM   #2
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Scale model ?
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DD, So are we going to run the exhaust out the top?
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Old 04-20-2020, 02:21 PM   #4
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Yes it is! See > https://www.modelengineeringwebsite...._FLATHEAD.html




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Old 04-20-2020, 05:53 PM   #5
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Look at the furthest most bore on the right. I'd say that'll be a leaker as is. LOL.
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Looks like the block is cut for sleeves
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Old 04-20-2020, 06:32 PM   #7
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Looks like it was CNC carved out of a big block of aluminum, not cast.
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Old 04-20-2020, 10:27 PM   #8
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It looks like a piece from bay area engine modelers club. They create all different types of engines in miniature and start them up on display stands
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It looks like a piece from bay area engine modelers club. They create all different types of engines in miniature and start them up on display stands

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That engine deserves to be in something other than a display case. Motor scooter maybe.
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That is based on Ron Main's "Flatfire" engine design. Ron's is turbo charged though.
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That is based on Ron Main's "Flatfire" engine design. Ron's is turbo charged though.
Actually, I think Ron Main's was a belt driven centrifugal supercharger - believe it was a Vortech. His block had extensive welding done to bring the exhausts out of the top . . . think the work was done by Dick Landy. Quite an engine and a heck of a streamliner platform to put it in.
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Appears to have 5 main bearings too.


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Old 04-21-2020, 07:24 PM   #14
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Actually, I think Ron Main's was a belt driven centrifugal supercharger - believe it was a Vortech. His block had extensive welding done to bring the exhausts out of the top . . . think the work was done by Dick Landy. Quite an engine and a heck of a streamliner platform to put it in.
Yes, you are right. I was remembering when he was first thinking about the project. I lost interest when I saw it wasn't a conventional style block.
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