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Old 11-14-2008, 10:18 AM   #1
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In January of 1948, the SCTA Road Runners held a picnic at Santa Anita Park. Walt Rose showed up in this '27 T roadster powered by a blown '37 Cord V-8. Of course Cords were front-wheel drive, so Walt had to the run the motor backwards to get the pow...

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Old 11-14-2008, 10:21 AM   #2
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Rose lives not very far from me.
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Old 11-14-2008, 10:25 AM   #3
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badass!! were do you find this stuff?
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Old 11-14-2008, 10:25 AM   #4
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No kiddin? I wonder if we could find out what happened to that little car?
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Old 11-14-2008, 10:35 AM   #5
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No shit That probably was the talk of the town when he pulled in ! Awsome is all I can say ..............Oh yeah were do you come up with all of this stuff?
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Old 11-14-2008, 10:38 AM   #6
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No kiddin? I wonder if we could find out what happened to that little car?
I don't know him but I know an old guy that does, I've been meaning to get an introduction.
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Old 11-14-2008, 10:42 AM   #7
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I knew I have been holding on to that Early 30's Chevy frame for a reason! What were the original cars that the Cord engine came from? Any pics of them?
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Old 11-14-2008, 10:43 AM   #8
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Old 11-14-2008, 10:50 AM   #9
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No kiddin? I wonder if we could find out what happened to that little car?
i was gonna ask if any knew what happend to it! that is a bad ass little roadster
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Old 11-14-2008, 10:56 AM   #10
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I think if anyone wants to know what happened to that car, we'd better ask him quick. 1948 was 60 years ago. I'm just saying.
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Old 11-14-2008, 11:00 AM   #11
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Jeffrey James,
If you are really serious about a Cord engine, I have a good friend, Gail Shaw, that has made a very good living just working on Cords. (Which is pretty impressive considering that there were less than 4000 ever made!) He has a couple of engines in his shop and may be interested in selling. Check your bank account balance before you get ready to buy, they are rare so they are expensive!

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Old 11-14-2008, 11:01 AM   #12
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I have a new favorite hot rod of all time........
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Old 11-14-2008, 11:04 AM   #13
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the one picture just teases me... any chance there are any more photos out there?

cool car... real cool... are those heads chromed? or just polished up?
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Old 11-14-2008, 11:05 AM   #14
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Jeffrey James,
If you are really serious about a Cord engine, I have a good friend, Gail Shaw, that has made a very good living just working on Cords. (Which is pretty impressive considering that there were less than 4000 ever made!) He has a couple of engines in his shop and may be interested in selling. Check your bank account balance before you get ready to buy, they are rare so they are expensive!

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Rare, Indeed! I wonder if you could get some good pictures of these cord engines your buddy has? It's always nice to day dream. I love the look of that roadster.
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Old 11-14-2008, 11:07 AM   #15
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Cords were some of the most beautiful cars ever made, too bad the transmissions wouldn't get them out of sight! The Graham Hollywood used the same body with a shorter front end, rear wheel drive. I knew a guy had one with a Y-block Ford engine in 1960.
If memory serves, the Cord V8 was built by Lycoming.
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Old 11-14-2008, 11:07 AM   #16
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interesting...

probably a really fast, good handling, little roadster.
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Old 11-14-2008, 11:17 AM   #17
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I have a picture of the Roadrunners and their cars hanging above my computer signed by Walt. He was member #11, a very unusual car. They had a great bunch of roadsters....
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Old 11-14-2008, 11:26 AM   #18
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Cool car, excellent enginuity!
I always wondered though, when modifying an engine like he did, how in the heck do you get a camshaft made? Same as those flatheads with the exhaust/intake reversed. Thats the one question I haven't figured out yet.........
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Old 11-14-2008, 11:31 AM   #19
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That's a really cool car. The engine is a Lycoming V8, I wonder if there is a truck out there with the same engine you could pick up cheap.
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Old 11-14-2008, 11:50 AM   #20
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If memory serves, the Cord V8 was built by Lycoming.
That's correct. Manufactured by Textron-Lycoming right in my hometown of Williamsport, PA. Somewhere I have a picture of a parade of new Cords, Auburns, and Duesenbergs (also fitted with lycoming engines) driving down 4th Street, better known as Millionare's row. I'll see if I can dig it up.
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