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Small Town Boy Living in a Big Town World

Writers Science/Medical posted on Jun 09, 2017
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I don’t want to do fair. Fair is for the indecisive and wealthy sampler. At some point, I needed to move on to overhead camshaft, didn’t I? Indy cars had dual overhead camshafts. Ferrari V-12’s had single overhead camshafts. Alfa-Romeos had dual overhead camshafts. Jaguars and Mercedes-Benz had overhead camshafts and Mercedes even had desmodromic valve action. Genre art was beginning to shift for me. The campus castles were being mixed with modern buildings. Even Physics and Astronomy were combined in a new high rise with a theater for lectures. The old observatory remained but the ancient West Physics with its laboratories and theater was torn down. Was university only about the head? Of course not, so for the performance V-8’s there were four bolt main bearing caps and cross bolting. The bottom end was not neglected. Aluminum was prolific in Europe and the UK after the War as iron was hard to get. My parents moved to Saginaw after I graduated in 1961 from high school. The massive flames of blast furnaces at Saginaw Grey Iron had lit our way out of town after a day of shopping and the huge magnet steam cranes and piles of scrap behind teetering fences led us in. Something was coming. What was pearlitic cast iron? Lincoln crankshafts had this. They also had 3 inch main journals. Something to watch. Over to the Northwest of Grey Iron a whole new factory complex would appear dedicated to nodular iron. Tonawanda near Buffalo was not the only competitor. Cleveland would seem to supersede Windsor. I’m jumping ahead to the grand oratory of the V-8’s as the end of the 60’s found me nowhere near Michigan and only reading about what I would see in 1978 after it was over. Government regulations and racing sanctioning body rules dictated the few. These performance portraits gave another level to the genre. Me? I was sneaking into the next level though motorcycles. Honda came to roll back a cheap and plentiful tide of 2-stroke easy to learn two wheelers. My new roommate bought a used Lambretta 125. How did a 125cc compare to a Lauson single on a Roto-hoe? Was a Lawn-boy 1-1/2 horse power in the same league? How about the next year and following’s 2 horsepower both 2 -cycle? I sort of just growed from a Thimble drome and Olson and Rice .049 cubic inch glow plug through .074 OK Cub and !!! a one cubic inch Champion once with battery and contact points but now glow plug and burning Testors or Francisco nitromethane doped alcohol. Just be sure your control lines are braided before turning that Champion loose! The Cushman air cooled certified under five horse power Road King with sheet metal body and Eagle with tube frame brought the kids one year younger up behind me with special riding permits. I got a chance to ride one of the Road Kings and found it would overheat on a long ride. It needed better breathing that had been crimped to get the certificate from the state. Even earlier Robert Greene and John Workman had found a Maytag engine off a farm washing machine and put it on a 2x 4 frame and side walk skate front wheeled go-cart. Then a West Bend 580 2-cycle manufactured go-kart had showed up at the gas station I worked at as the new summer go-kart track converted the early 2-strokes to Briggs & Stratton. I knew Briggs & Stratton from the lawns I mowed with customer equipment as well as the Jacobsen in light colors and not black. I am trying to help my viewers to appreciate what was the value of a Lauson connecting rod in your hand or unscrewing the head on an OK-Cub to examine the cylinder bore. My prejudice was forming against flash in the pan performance that led to a pretty but unserviceable assembly that only provoked and frustrated. Real carbon under your finger nails and grease on your pants truth was to carry me through college. I even took the state licensed mechanic heavy maintenance exam years later to get a certification just as GM was coming out with Mr. Goodwrench crate engines from the factory. A Crucible Metals executive had tipped me off at Bootleggers by asking about Dale Earnhardt as we watched the Charlotte NASCAR race.

Comments (9)



11:43AM | Fri, 09 June 2017

love these old Mopars...



12:28PM | Fri, 09 June 2017

Wonderful car and shot !!!!!!



12:41AM | Sat, 10 June 2017

A nice chunk of change here. Cool ride.



8:51PM | Sun, 11 June 2017

Nicely captured classic, you know it just has to be really, really fast...because it's red !

Man, you know a lot about engines, a Subi Boxer and Briggs & Stratton for me 😃




10:13PM | Sun, 11 June 2017

Dodge Polaris? seldom is heard a descending word on the backside of nowhere



9:30AM | Mon, 12 June 2017

Up on the driver's door if you can read like a briefer seated to the left of the President as the sales team and program manager faces him, it says, "Plymouth."



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