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by Kevin Pharis
Wed Jun 03, 2020 7:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Ford 800 series tractor hubs fit Model T spindle
Replies: 4
Views: 286

Re: Ford 800 series tractor hubs fit Model T spindle

One could use a T bearing on the outside and you are good to go;) Usually there is not enough thread length on the spindle to run the outer bearing up to the race. This is the case when converting to A front hubs. So either put a huge spacer behind the inner bearing... scary!!! Or extend the thread...
by Kevin Pharis
Wed Jun 03, 2020 7:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Overhead head gasket measurements
Replies: 9
Views: 104

Re: Overhead head gasket measurements

Kevin Pharis wrote:
Wed Jun 03, 2020 6:00 pm
I’ve got a handful of new and used flatly gaskets here (steel, copper, and comp)... all start bout .080”-.090”, and crush to bout .050”-.060”
Should say flatty... damn auto correct! :roll:

So no diameters from these gaskets
by Kevin Pharis
Wed Jun 03, 2020 6:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Overhead head gasket measurements
Replies: 9
Views: 104

Re: Overhead head gasket measurements

I’ve got a handful of new and used flatly gaskets here (steel, copper, and comp)... all start bout .080”-.090”, and crush to bout .050”-.060”
by Kevin Pharis
Wed Jun 03, 2020 5:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Ford 800 series tractor hubs fit Model T spindle
Replies: 4
Views: 286

Re: Ford 800 series tractor hubs fit Model T spindle

With the exception of the outer bearing being threaded on a T, the bearings and races are all the same thru ‘48 cars, and IIRC even later F1/F100 pickup trucks (straight axle). It’s no surprise that the tractors would use the same bearing set too
by Kevin Pharis
Sun May 31, 2020 12:04 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Rajo B valve seat question
Replies: 16
Views: 806

Re: Rajo B valve seat question

Ha! when did we start being concerned about "low end efficiency" with any of this? My comments regarding port flow were directed at your earlier statement, not anything to do with resulting performance. You can't change the fact that more air = more fuel = more power. Your formula is undeniably cor...
by Kevin Pharis
Fri May 29, 2020 8:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Rajo B valve seat question
Replies: 16
Views: 806

Re: Rajo B valve seat question

I have flow data on a B/BB Rajo and the intake port flow curve continues to rise even after about .500 lift. Those heads will flow an insane amount And all this airflow is great... if only one could use it all! How much volume is really necessary to fuel a “hot” T? Excessive port volume and flow ca...
by Kevin Pharis
Fri May 29, 2020 7:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Puff, Loud Puff, Very Loud Puffing Exhaust
Replies: 16
Views: 626

Re: Puff, Loud Puff, Very Loud Puffing Exhaust

Is there a chance that the motor backfired during this resurrection from hibernation?? Would not be the first T to “puff” the muffler shells loose
by Kevin Pharis
Fri May 29, 2020 3:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Rajo B valve seat question
Replies: 16
Views: 806

Re: Rajo B valve seat question

then use a higher/longer duration cam to replace lost air flow. Believe it or not... the 1.710” diameter SB chebby valves are produced as intake valves for restrictor plate racing applications. As I understand it, a bit of port work along with these noticeably smaller intake valves can outperform t...
by Kevin Pharis
Thu May 28, 2020 10:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Rajo B valve seat question
Replies: 16
Views: 806

Re: Rajo B valve seat question

A quick look at what a really bad valve seat looks like... ;). With a .250” lift cam, the exhaust valve face would have just barely raised above the combustion chamber floor :cry:
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by Kevin Pharis
Thu May 28, 2020 9:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Rajo B valve seat question
Replies: 16
Views: 806

Re: Rajo B valve seat question

If the only other option was using it for a door stop, one could always install the smallest diameter seat available to clean up the damaged material, and reduce the valve size to match. The valves and ports are dramatically oversized for the performance expected my most owners anyway. Who knows... ...
by Kevin Pharis
Sat May 23, 2020 1:13 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: FS: Full Size CNC Mill
Replies: 6
Views: 814

Re: FS: Full Size CNC Mill

FYI, Servo Source Products is still in business, and offers full support, and upgrade services for the electronics associated with this machine. For the era, the Servo controller is quite capable, and the conversational programming interface has a number of nice features that cover most projects wit...
by Kevin Pharis
Fri May 22, 2020 12:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Unusual Spark Plug
Replies: 9
Views: 628

Re: Unusual Spark Plug

I’m no spark plug aficionado, but my first thought was... :lol: ;)
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by Kevin Pharis
Wed May 20, 2020 10:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Ultra rare Timber brake system?
Replies: 20
Views: 816

Re: Ultra rare Timber brake system?

Not sure what y’all saps are bark-n bout... looks like a fac-tree replacement part to me. The part numbers got me stumped tho...🤔
by Kevin Pharis
Tue May 19, 2020 10:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Speedsters
Replies: 82
Views: 4566

Re: Speedsters

While only standing a smidge over 6’5” tall... I can make just bout any car look small ;)
by Kevin Pharis
Tue May 19, 2020 9:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Speedsters
Replies: 82
Views: 4566

Re: Speedsters

blauvelt wrote:
Tue May 19, 2020 9:33 pm
Spot on. How do you like the handling?

91", 7 inch engine set back, 6 and change lower in the front and 6" Z in the rear.

WOW! :shock: Where do you plan on putting your legs after shortening the chassis 15”?? ;)
by Kevin Pharis
Sat May 16, 2020 11:32 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Looking for Bill Tharp Auxilary Brake system
Replies: 17
Views: 630

Re: Looking for Bill Tharp Auxilary Brake system

i believe i did something wrong . claipers are tight around disk and won't come loose. I’m assuming you bled the brakes, and now the brakes are locked up? If so, check that your master cylinder is releasing completely. If your push rod is too long the piston can’t retract to expose the compensation...
by Kevin Pharis
Sat May 16, 2020 10:56 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Valves, springs, guides and tappets - Speedster
Replies: 20
Views: 706

Re: Valves, springs, guides and tappets - Speedster

Thanks Kevin, when you machined the head did you surface it or rework the cc? Now, how to get 40 thou for some proper quench, with out jacking the compression way up. [/quote] I have run several Sherman heads over the years, on a couple motors. My first Sherman was about 5:1... but the casting was ...
by Kevin Pharis
Fri May 15, 2020 10:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Chassis Paint Recommendation Request
Replies: 25
Views: 1066

Re: Chassis Paint Recommendation Request

I’ve been using a single stage urethane paint “Valspar LIC40”. It’s an industrial outdoor paint with excellent UV protectant. Sells for about $100 gallon, and can be brushed/rolled as well as sprayed. Have painted several car chassis with it, and a couple speedsters too.
by Kevin Pharis
Fri May 15, 2020 7:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Valves, springs, guides and tappets - Speedster
Replies: 20
Views: 706

Re: Valves, springs, guides and tappets - Speedster

I’ve been running 1.72” intake and 1.625” exhaust chebby valves for 10+ years in my Sherman head speedster. If I remember correctly, there is only 1 hard seat in the motor to repair a really recessed seat. The cast iron performs fine as a valve seat in a relatively low performance engine, but is als...
by Kevin Pharis
Fri May 15, 2020 7:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Copper head gaskets
Replies: 20
Views: 875

Re: Copper head gaskets

When I started making solid copper gaskets 10+ years ago... it was because I was running 1.720” diameter intake valves in a flathead, and reshaping a copper clad gasket is a real bugger. At that time there was a few OHV guys that were lookin for a stronger gasket, and the 4 valve RAJO crowd was plai...
by Kevin Pharis
Thu May 14, 2020 12:36 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: The frustration of incompetence
Replies: 119
Views: 8070

Re: The frustration of incompetence

The gasket leaks that I have experienced leave drip trails from the leak point, and also leave a rust ring where the water sits on the top ring. These rust spots look more like condensation to me...? The valve contact area on our valves looks really inconsistent, and we already know they were leakin...
by Kevin Pharis
Thu May 14, 2020 12:04 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Henry's Chariot
Replies: 33
Views: 1702

Re: Henry's Chariot

Luvin it!!!
by Kevin Pharis
Wed May 13, 2020 11:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Hello is there any Livingood conversions for sale ?
Replies: 12
Views: 879

Re: Hello is there any Livingood conversions for sale ?

As I understand it;
The new ones are technically originals... as the grandson? now has the original patterns and drawings, and the family has been continually making the conversions since the early years
by Kevin Pharis
Tue May 12, 2020 7:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Rear lowering brackets
Replies: 21
Views: 935

Re: Rear lowering brackets

BillyBobsSpeedShop wrote:
Tue May 12, 2020 10:42 am
Kevin
Interesting setup. Looks great.
I had to figure something out as I didn’t have any 3/4” plate to torch the brackets out of... ;) :roll:
by Kevin Pharis
Tue May 12, 2020 12:35 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 5 hole brake drums
Replies: 4
Views: 306

Re: 5 hole brake drums

You would not be the first to drill brake drums for the opposite pattern. Be aware that the original wire wheel brake drums had a raised tab alongside the stud holes to lock the studs from rotating. You will probably be using splined, press in studs so the tab would not be necessary or you could sim...
by Kevin Pharis
Tue May 12, 2020 12:23 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Rear lowering brackets
Replies: 21
Views: 935

Re: Rear lowering brackets

The sweeping Z is a nice touch on an exposed frame, but can be in the way if you have to push the seats back to clear long legs. And can also be a bit sketchy if your welding skills are a bit... sketchy😬 I went with a strap iron lowering brackets as I needed extra vertical clearance for my oval fuel...
by Kevin Pharis
Sat May 09, 2020 1:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: OIL PAN DIFFERENCE
Replies: 6
Views: 626

Re: OIL PAN DIFFERENCE

There are a few minor differences throughout the years of oil pan production... but all are interchangeable with the exception of the ‘08-‘09 narrow pan. You may catch some flack for running a 4 dip pan without the upper support bolts of the ‘26-‘27 hogshead and block... but many have done this for ...
by Kevin Pharis
Sat May 09, 2020 1:15 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: FS: Full Size CNC Mill
Replies: 6
Views: 814

Re: FS: Full Size CNC Mill

Email sent...
by Kevin Pharis
Fri May 08, 2020 10:02 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Speedster build.
Replies: 53
Views: 4206

Re: Speedster build.

Was lookin over yur pics and noticed a familiar situation... 1B3F6B8F-27E4-4983-8957-992462EBFE7B.jpeg I ran this exact same lowering setup in my speedster for a while (home made Laurel lowering brackets with a cut down spring perch and a late wishbone). If you run fenders you may never notice... bu...
by Kevin Pharis
Mon May 04, 2020 5:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: speedster dashes
Replies: 18
Views: 1082

Re: speedster dashes

Here’s a shot of my blasphemous dash with its modern gauges (they do work good tho). I made the dash control panel to look like the ‘ol Delco units of the day, and the starter push button to match. All accept modern switches from the back side. Original Dixie mag switch serves as the main switch for...
by Kevin Pharis
Tue Apr 28, 2020 10:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Speedsters
Replies: 82
Views: 4566

Re: Speedsters

Family of Speedsters: from L to R, Brother-in-law's, Father's, mine and another Brother-in-law's.20160402_162951.jpg Is that a set of Tom Minocchi‘s all stainless steel Buffalos??? Hi Kevin, Yes, Tom made them and they are all stainless. My wife asks why guys are always noticing the wheels. I just ...
by Kevin Pharis
Mon Apr 27, 2020 11:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Speedsters
Replies: 82
Views: 4566

Re: Speedsters

kingjerry wrote:
Fri Apr 24, 2020 9:10 pm
Family of Speedsters: from L to R, Brother-in-law's, Father's, mine and another Brother-in-law's.20160402_162951.jpg

Is that a set of Tom Minocchi‘s all stainless steel Buffalos???
by Kevin Pharis
Sun Apr 26, 2020 10:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Speedsters
Replies: 82
Views: 4566

Re: Speedsters

Hey Andy, the Mercury is lookin good in red!!! Some assembly required...😉
by Kevin Pharis
Fri Apr 24, 2020 11:14 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: WTB 12 Tooth Pinion
Replies: 3
Views: 201

Re: WTB 12 Tooth Pinion

What if I throw in the destroyed driveline and Ruxtell parts too??? I sure they’re worth their weight in SCRAP!! :lol:
by Kevin Pharis
Fri Apr 24, 2020 9:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Guess what it is.
Replies: 5
Views: 835

Re: Guess what it is.

Guess I’ll go first...

Generator gear pin... and it’s not all chewed up... so I’ll say in the elbow of the inside oil line...?😬
by Kevin Pharis
Fri Apr 24, 2020 9:49 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: WTB 12 Tooth Pinion
Replies: 3
Views: 201

Re: WTB 12 Tooth Pinion

I’ll make you a heck of a deal on this one... comes with matching ring gear too :lol: ;)
by Kevin Pharis
Wed Apr 22, 2020 11:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Speedsters
Replies: 82
Views: 4566

Re: Speedsters

Here ya go... one of ‘er al washed up an ready to go!
by Kevin Pharis
Tue Apr 21, 2020 6:08 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: WTB Buffalo hub cap
Replies: 7
Views: 330

Re: WTB Buffalo hub cap

I’ve got new caps in stock... both wing ($200) and hex ($225) styles
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by Kevin Pharis
Fri Apr 10, 2020 7:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Front wheel bearing
Replies: 3
Views: 409

Re: Front wheel bearing

I’ve cut off a number of inner bearing races from rear axles using a cutting torch. Doesn’t bother the axle a bit as the race heats and burns before significant heat can transfer to the axle. You may also try a good ‘ol fashioned cold chisel. Drive it directly into the outer diameter of the bearing ...
by Kevin Pharis
Thu Apr 09, 2020 9:45 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: Wtb 39 ford trans
Replies: 9
Views: 561

Re: Wtb 39 ford trans

Must be a trend... I’ve been curing a ruxtell under my lathe :lol:
by Kevin Pharis
Wed Apr 08, 2020 11:10 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: Wtb 39 ford trans
Replies: 9
Views: 561

Re: Wtb 39 ford trans

Mike... you TEASE!!😉
by Kevin Pharis
Mon Apr 06, 2020 6:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: A different way to do rust repair.
Replies: 6
Views: 734

Re: A different way to do rust repair.

I came across a similar repair technique years ago... only in place of fresh tin, they used old license plates :roll:
by Kevin Pharis
Mon Apr 06, 2020 3:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: New engine start-up ----- NOISE!
Replies: 51
Views: 2278

Re: New engine start-up ----- NOISE!

Pull the genny... of the noise is still there try to “feel” some backlash in the cam gear thru the genny hole. Timing gears could be howling if too tight...?
by Kevin Pharis
Mon Apr 06, 2020 3:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Straightening Rear Axle Housing
Replies: 10
Views: 875

Re: Straightening Rear Axle Housing

I made a faceplate similar to the one shown above... with a register on one face and a groove on the other, it registers either housing side by simply flipping it over. I’ve never heated the whole tube up as shown above... but small nickel sized areas and air quenched to shrink. The tube moves far m...
by Kevin Pharis
Sat Apr 04, 2020 12:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 14 mm spark Plug Questions
Replies: 5
Views: 345

Re: 14 mm spark Plug Questions

Sorry to hear of your negative experience with the 14mm plugs Scott. While I do agree that stock is simple and reliable, there are those of us that just have to tinker. I have ran 14mm plugs in HC heads and also with adapters in stock heads, and have always had decent results... even considering my ...
by Kevin Pharis
Sat Apr 04, 2020 10:42 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 14 mm spark Plug Questions
Replies: 5
Views: 345

Re: 14 mm spark Plug Questions

I’ve always had good luck with the copper core NGK BP7ES. Have also run the lower heat ranges BP “5” and “6” ES when on the shelf in a pinch. 14mm x 3/4” reach I used to run platinum plugs, and they worked fine... but they seemed to only like running “lean”. In my experience, they fouled easily and ...
by Kevin Pharis
Fri Apr 03, 2020 12:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Improved Akron-Hed sanity check
Replies: 30
Views: 2371

Re: Improved Akron-Hed sanity check

After 6 months of obsessing over this darn Akron-Hed... I’ve finally finished the rocker arm conversion!!! Now to start rebuilding the head. Next stop... hard seats, guides, and surfacing. Then I will spot face all the head bolt pads so the adapter plate has a good surface to sit on. And that should...
by Kevin Pharis
Thu Apr 02, 2020 12:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Improved Akron-Hed sanity check
Replies: 30
Views: 2371

Re: Improved Akron-Hed sanity check

I know that the Roof 16 used a short link to connect the rockers to the valve tips... but just found these patent drawings showing the 2 piece pushrod design used on the A version of the Roof 16 heads 50E421DC-A119-4572-8C97-4E7F9E5EDA26.jpeg 7A6B1148-51EB-4C46-95D2-7C7CB3EDB9BB.jpeg The bummer abou...
by Kevin Pharis
Wed Apr 01, 2020 11:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Improved Akron-Hed sanity check
Replies: 30
Views: 2371

Re: Improved Akron-Hed sanity check

Building push rods this evening... got an ‘ol stock cam and a couple solid lifters stuck in a block as a baseline. Pushrods are made from high tensile steel rod stock, with pressed on hardened chromoly cups. The 1/4” pushrods run in bushings that pass thru the intake ports and upper water jacket of ...
by Kevin Pharis
Wed Apr 01, 2020 12:29 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: The frustration of incompetence
Replies: 119
Views: 8070

Re: The frustration of incompetence

So I have been watching this thread grow in popularity since your original post, and I finally read thru the whole thing. There are a number of good suggestions, a few good stories, and a little bit of thread drift. So I’m going to do my best to keep on topic... You already identified your hard star...
by Kevin Pharis
Tue Mar 31, 2020 7:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Improved Akron-Hed sanity check
Replies: 30
Views: 2371

Re: Improved Akron-Hed sanity check

That sure sounds a bunch easier than my usual way... but pics typically have some sort of distortion and can’t (shouldn’t) be trusted. I have “vectorized” pics in the past, then imported as a sketch only to create a geometrically sound version using the “vectorized” sketch as a guide I know this is ...
by Kevin Pharis
Tue Mar 31, 2020 5:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Improved Akron-Hed sanity check
Replies: 30
Views: 2371

Re: Improved Akron-Hed sanity check

modeltspeedster wrote:
Tue Mar 31, 2020 10:22 am
I am still looking for this cover for my Hal Akron head
That early Hal cover is only about 1-2” deep, and could easily be carved from solid. With that picture and a few well spent design hours, you could have a brand new valve cover before the week is over...
by Kevin Pharis
Tue Mar 31, 2020 5:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Improved Akron-Hed sanity check
Replies: 30
Views: 2371

Re: Improved Akron-Hed sanity check

I considered that logo (specifically the script) design... A LOT!!! And would love to have included some element of its design into my valve cover. But as you can see, ultimately settled on smooth as I wasn’t happy with anything I scribbled down. Besides... I could always carve out another one😁
by Kevin Pharis
Sat Mar 28, 2020 7:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Improved Akron-Hed sanity check
Replies: 30
Views: 2371

Re: Improved Akron-Hed sanity check

Here’s a couple shots of the new keeper groove machined into the 351c valves that are going in the Akron’s exhaust. Also have custom .875” shorter valves on order that will go in for the intake.
by Kevin Pharis
Sat Mar 28, 2020 4:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Improved Akron-Hed sanity check
Replies: 30
Views: 2371

Re: Improved Akron-Hed sanity check

Just about have all the other loose ends tied up, so now it’s time to get the pushrods figured out
by Kevin Pharis
Sun Mar 22, 2020 3:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Improved Akron-Hed sanity check
Replies: 30
Views: 2371

Re: Improved Akron-Hed sanity check

How bout some header plates...?

Not sure what I’m doin yet... so made em outa stainless just incase😉
by Kevin Pharis
Sat Mar 21, 2020 9:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Contact info for John Williams in IA
Replies: 6
Views: 429

Re: Contact info for John Williams in IA

Looks like John goes by Tman12 here on the forum...
by Kevin Pharis
Fri Mar 20, 2020 12:06 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: A dual plug ignition system
Replies: 25
Views: 1017

Re: A dual plug ignition system

Les, I’m wondering about the Onan coil...? Is it for a 2 cylinder engine with waste spark ignition?? Or is there 2 separate coils cast into one housing?? Do you intend to add a second set of points to the 009??
by Kevin Pharis
Thu Mar 19, 2020 4:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: A dual plug ignition system
Replies: 25
Views: 1017

Re: A dual plug ignition system

I hear Dan at DMC gears does stuff like this... 😉

dmcgears@yahoo.com
by Kevin Pharis
Wed Mar 18, 2020 10:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: A dual plug ignition system
Replies: 25
Views: 1017

Re: A dual plug ignition system

I’m not sure that the 009 conversion is “cheating”... but sure is a loooooooot simpler than the other options...
by Kevin Pharis
Tue Mar 17, 2020 12:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Spark Plug adapters
Replies: 5
Views: 394

Re: Spark Plug adapters

I would expect that if the head was originally sold with either spark plug option, there would be more than enough material to support the larger plug variety. I highly doubt there would be a separate pattern just to accommodate the relatively minor dimensional change between the 14mm and the 1/2” N...
by Kevin Pharis
Mon Mar 16, 2020 9:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Improved Akron-Hed sanity check
Replies: 30
Views: 2371

Re: Improved Akron-Hed sanity check

Kinda like a “before and after” pic...
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by Kevin Pharis
Mon Mar 16, 2020 11:43 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Improved Akron-Hed sanity check
Replies: 30
Views: 2371

Re: Improved Akron-Hed sanity check

I have the original exhaust manifold... but my speedster is an outside exhaust kind of car😁. So planning on building a header flange. Header and tail pipe might get interesting with the steering box, alternator, water pump, and shift/e-brake levers all on that side...🤔
by Kevin Pharis
Sun Mar 15, 2020 11:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Improved Akron-Hed sanity check
Replies: 30
Views: 2371

Re: Improved Akron-Hed sanity check

With the valve cover done... all that’s left to do is...; Finalize the push rod dimensions Drill the last couple mounting bolt holes in the rocker supports Notch the rocker shafts for the clamp bolts Drill oil holes in the rockers Rebuild the head Machine new keeper grooves in the exhaust valves Ord...
by Kevin Pharis
Sun Mar 15, 2020 10:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Speedster for only $39,500!
Replies: 17
Views: 1464

Re: Speedster for only $39,500!

All you’ve got to to is turn 4000 rpm with stock gearing... and if I remember correctly bout 3200 with 3:1 gears. Not impossible to do mechanically... but GUTS is a whole nother story!!

I have a feelin the real secret to doin 100 mph is in these “Bosch Magnets”... 😉
by Kevin Pharis
Sun Mar 15, 2020 6:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Where & how much to lighten flywheel?
Replies: 12
Views: 911

Re: Where & how much to lighten flywheel?

I LIKE IT!!!

But... do you have pics of the cut down magneto to go with it???😉
by Kevin Pharis
Sun Mar 15, 2020 3:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Improved Akron-Hed sanity check
Replies: 30
Views: 2371

Re: Improved Akron-Hed sanity check

It’s no “show” polish... but it looks a whoooooole lot better than it did yesterday...!😉
by Kevin Pharis
Sat Mar 14, 2020 9:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Improved Akron-Hed sanity check
Replies: 30
Views: 2371

Re: Improved Akron-Hed sanity check

The Akron has a typical flat bottom combustion chamber just like all the other pushrod heads... and it measures a cavernous 1-5/16” deep. With a stock crank and pistons, I imagine the compression ratio would be somewhere around 3:1. And with the A crank and .060” overbore probably a staggering 3.1:1...
by Kevin Pharis
Sat Mar 14, 2020 2:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Improved Akron-Hed sanity check
Replies: 30
Views: 2371

Re: Improved Akron-Hed sanity check

Turns out that they only take silver backed bank notes... and the heads apparently have been discontinued for a few years!?🙄 :lol:
by Kevin Pharis
Sat Mar 14, 2020 2:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Where & how much to lighten flywheel?
Replies: 12
Views: 911

Re: Where & how much to lighten flywheel?

It’s been a while so the the numbers are a bit fuzzy... but seems to me the stock flywheel weighs 30 lbs bare. I turned 15 of these pounds off, and have been abusing the remaining flywheel for the last 10 years or so... not sure I recommend going this far, but sure makes for a snappy motor!😉 If you ...
by Kevin Pharis
Sat Mar 14, 2020 1:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Improved Akron-Hed sanity check
Replies: 30
Views: 2371

Re: Improved Akron-Hed sanity check

After a couple hundred hours designing and manufacturing the rocker system... all I can do is hope it’ll perform! So far everything looks promising as the head has many favorable design characteristics... 2 in, 4 out, cross flow, valves in line with the ports, and spark plug near the exhaust valve. ...
by Kevin Pharis
Thu Mar 12, 2020 9:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Improved Akron-Hed sanity check
Replies: 30
Views: 2371

Improved Akron-Hed sanity check

This is not the first sanity check for this project... and it won’t be the last. So far every sanity check has proven that sanity has little to do with this project! 😉 The original design; 3179BB4E-AC37-4DD0-94F7-E871504D667A.jpeg The concept; BDAD37A6-7008-4B33-AB35-1083E3F20882.jpeg Up close with ...
by Kevin Pharis
Sun Mar 08, 2020 11:59 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: Wtb riley multi lift set
Replies: 6
Views: 1075

Re: Wtb riley multi lift set

richardb wrote:
Sun Mar 08, 2020 10:33 pm
I have a 1915 roadster with complete riley system
What style Multi-Lifts are in the car?? Original? Repo? Valve cover design? And do you have the Riley cylinder head???

Please post pics if possible...
by Kevin Pharis
Sat Mar 07, 2020 8:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Obscure speedster trivia...?
Replies: 63
Views: 5352

Re: Obscure speedster trivia...?

Found some time today to make the base ring for the valve cover assembly. The base ring is cut from aluminum plate in a single operation. Now all that is left to do is bend up a strip of 3/16” x 2” aluminum to match the outer profile. And after a couple hours of welding should yield something that l...
by Kevin Pharis
Sun Mar 01, 2020 11:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Obscure speedster trivia...?
Replies: 63
Views: 5352

Re: Obscure speedster trivia...?

Of course I am expecting nothing short of NASCAR performance... ;) But am willing to settle for comparable performance and reliability to my current heavily modified flathead... only without the detonation and heating issues! I relate the heating issues to the Sherman flat head not circulating water...
by Kevin Pharis
Sun Mar 01, 2020 10:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Rocker Arms Unlimited, Redding, CA
Replies: 10
Views: 1093

Re: Rocker Arms Unlimited, Redding, CA

Henry,
Maybe you could better define “total crap” for us? I would be interested to hear about your experience just incase there was something I overlooked in the final product...?
by Kevin Pharis
Sun Mar 01, 2020 10:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Rocker Arms Unlimited, Redding, CA
Replies: 10
Views: 1093

Re: Rocker Arms Unlimited, Redding, CA

I had heard negative stories, and good stories too. And there is no doubt I was skeptical going in. But I figured they were only 3 hours away if I had to resort to plan B. I had several phone conversations with them to feel em out, and they were friendly and knowledgeable. This project was in no way...
by Kevin Pharis
Sun Mar 01, 2020 6:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Obscure speedster trivia...?
Replies: 63
Views: 5352

Re: Obscure speedster trivia...?

You can tell I’m loosin my mind not having the rest of the materials for the valve cover yet...🤪
by Kevin Pharis
Sun Mar 01, 2020 6:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Obscure speedster trivia...?
Replies: 63
Views: 5352

Re: Obscure speedster trivia...?

They were flame hardened at the tips, and then bead blasted. I think what you are seeing is a thin layer of oil (likely hone oil) that makes em glisten in the pic
by Kevin Pharis
Sun Mar 01, 2020 4:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Rocker Arms Unlimited, Redding, CA
Replies: 10
Views: 1093

Rocker Arms Unlimited, Redding, CA

Rocker Arms Unlimited (formerly known as “Specialties”) has had some mixed reviews over the last several years, due to a change of ownership. And so I wanted to give em a public kudos as a result of my recent experience. I custom designed and manufactured these rocker arms to retrofit my Akron-Hed f...
by Kevin Pharis
Sat Feb 29, 2020 12:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Obscure speedster trivia...?
Replies: 63
Views: 5352

Re: Obscure speedster trivia...?

Back in town now... and found this waiting for me :D
by Kevin Pharis
Mon Feb 24, 2020 9:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Obscure speedster trivia...?
Replies: 63
Views: 5352

Re: Obscure speedster trivia...?

The materials for the rest of the valve cover are ready for pick up... and I’m sitting at the airport not to return till the end of the week...!!! This is gonna drive me nuts!!!!!!!!🙄
by Kevin Pharis
Mon Feb 24, 2020 9:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Front Cover Questions
Replies: 4
Views: 380

Re: Front Cover Questions

The timing cover is not a difficult component to replace later on down the line... once the radiator is removed! ;). I am all for original performance accessories, but feel they should solve problems... not create them. There are plenty of engines running Bosch mags that perform very well and are re...
by Kevin Pharis
Mon Feb 24, 2020 12:21 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Obscure speedster trivia...?
Replies: 63
Views: 5352

Re: Obscure speedster trivia...?

Hmmmmm... in the light of new options... maybe I’ll reconsider 🤔 :lol:
by Kevin Pharis
Sun Feb 23, 2020 9:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Obscure speedster trivia...?
Replies: 63
Views: 5352

Re: Obscure speedster trivia...?

I considered the see thru option at first... but got derailed once I realized how complex the wiper mechanism would need to be... :lol:
by Kevin Pharis
Sun Feb 23, 2020 4:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Obscure speedster trivia...?
Replies: 63
Views: 5352

Re: Obscure speedster trivia...?

The top panel of the valve cover is done... is it starting to look like the picture yet?? 2280C430-399C-4D51-B4AA-BA6350CFBCD5.jpeg 13EC07CF-2BB6-4585-9C6C-959E266DA177.jpeg The top panel has 1/8” of crown in it to combat the “billet” look. I should have made a vacuum plate to suck the cover down an...
by Kevin Pharis
Sat Feb 22, 2020 12:50 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 400 turbo or Jack rabbit clutches
Replies: 18
Views: 1244

Re: 400 turbo or Jack rabbit clutches

The TH-400 clutch disks used in both kits are designed for heavy duty and racing use. The “waffle” reliefs in the friction material serve several purposes; 1) Allow additional oil flow thru the clutch pack to lubricate and cool 2) Decrease clutch surface contact area to increase effective pressure a...
by Kevin Pharis
Fri Feb 21, 2020 12:06 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Speedster modifications contest
Replies: 19
Views: 1432

Re: Speedster modifications contest

I would rather have all the cool period speed parts taken off shelves and run. Way too many good pieces languish because, for some people, it is enough to say they have them Andy I’m with you Andy...! No matter how many thousands of hours (and dollars) it might take to bring some these really neat ...
by Kevin Pharis
Wed Feb 19, 2020 11:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Bendix bending the stake washers?
Replies: 5
Views: 578

Re: Bendix bending the stake washers?

I always resort to channel-loc pliers for this job. Roll the tab down as you squeeze... easy work!
by Kevin Pharis
Wed Feb 19, 2020 4:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Speedster modifications contest
Replies: 19
Views: 1432

Re: Speedster modifications contest

I’ll take the first shot, and say that yur front axle is not modified...!

Cuz there is no way yur goin to modify the special Mercury dropped axle! But I guess the aftermarket axle is kind of a modification to the original chassis...? So guess I’ll keep noodling...
by Kevin Pharis
Mon Feb 17, 2020 7:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 30 x 3 1/2 clincher ID
Replies: 7
Views: 726

Re: 30 x 3 1/2 clincher ID

There are a handfull of metric size rims out there too... and dare I mention... a few poor reproductions!🤭
by Kevin Pharis
Sat Feb 15, 2020 4:54 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: Buffalo Wire Wheels - New and Rebuilt
Replies: 12
Views: 2417

Re: Buffalo Wire Wheels - New and Rebuilt

To the top!
by Kevin Pharis
Sat Feb 15, 2020 1:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Sacramento laws
Replies: 18
Views: 1819

Re: Sacramento laws

Life here in Suc-a-tomato really isn’t that baaaad... the secret to having too many ridiculous laws is knowing that there is a law to contradict or undermine every other law. And no matter what you’re doing, there is always a permit required! Even when what you’re doing isn’t allowed by a permit... ...
by Kevin Pharis
Fri Feb 14, 2020 10:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Obscure speedster trivia...?
Replies: 63
Views: 5352

Re: Obscure speedster trivia...?

Been “plugging” away at the spark plug adapters. Found these 10mm thread spark plugs with over 1” of reach. Needed the long reach to be able to extend the electrode down into the combustion chamber, rather than being recessed up in a hole. A6D62DD5-0ED0-4E92-93E8-80446E8EA525.jpeg 0CA553E1-B6D8-4326...
by Kevin Pharis
Thu Feb 06, 2020 10:59 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: External Oil Pump Plumbing
Replies: 3
Views: 463

Re: External Oil Pump Plumbing

A couple of pics...
by Kevin Pharis
Wed Feb 05, 2020 11:46 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: Buffalo Wire Wheels - New and Rebuilt
Replies: 12
Views: 2417

Re: Buffalo Wire Wheels - New and Rebuilt

To the top!
by Kevin Pharis
Tue Feb 04, 2020 10:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Mystery Crankshaft
Replies: 12
Views: 1387

Re: Mystery Crankshaft

I am fuzzy on the details, but that kinda looks like a "Joe Morris" (?) crankshaft. I have one in my speedster, but it has been over 25 years since I've seen it (fortunately). I hear they have problems. Hope others will chime in with better info. I think Joe resided somewhere in the California Sier...
by Kevin Pharis
Sun Feb 02, 2020 2:08 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Obscure speedster trivia...?
Replies: 63
Views: 5352

Re: Obscure speedster trivia...?

Lookin better yet?