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Old 03-23-2012, 09:26 AM   #1
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The pursuit of the "land" speed record on water is the kind of thing only a crazy man participates in. It would be like heading to North Korea with construction plans for a Liberty Statue tucked tightly under your arm... Only, your odds of survival o...

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Old 03-23-2012, 09:32 AM   #2
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Those pipes!
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Old 03-23-2012, 09:36 AM   #3
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not one miller engine, but TWIN blown v-16's?

took my breath away
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1100 cubic inches at 6000+ RPM and straight pipes....I sure hope we can hear that melodious monster soon !!
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Old 03-23-2012, 09:38 AM   #5
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Did you notice the Holley carbs? Harry is turning over right now...
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Old 03-23-2012, 09:46 AM   #6
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Gar Wood's stuff is really interesting - and there's a huge history of boat racing on the Detroit River. In fact, one of the reasons the auto industry grew up in Detroit has to do with the boat-building industry already there. Michigan has lousy coal for use in marine engines, so gasoline engines became the standard. With that tribal knowledge already in place, it wasn't a huge step to start building road-going vehicles

I also can't help but wonder if some young man in Detroit in the mid- to late-1920s was inspired to fit a Vee'd windshield to his gow because of Gar Wood and his cohorts.

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Old 03-23-2012, 09:47 AM   #7
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Did you notice the Holley carbs? Harry is turning over right now...
I pointed that out when Hemmings featured this boat. The original carbs and superchargers are apparently still with the boat.

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Old 03-23-2012, 09:48 AM   #8
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Did you notice the Holley carbs? Harry is turning over right now...
That's the first thing I noticed. Kinda like putting a pickle on top of your ice cream cone....It just don't belong there.
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Old 03-23-2012, 09:50 AM   #9
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Cool video.... I should get pics cause you guys won't believe me, but we were cleaning the shop the other day and dragged an aluminium V-16 block and heads down from the rafters... Those things are BIG!

Here's a link to a small page about the V-16 Caddy powered, '32 framed, 23 Dodge our founder picked up in the 50's.

http://blakemachineprojects.com/V16PageOne.html
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Old 03-23-2012, 09:57 AM   #10
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Thank you Ryan. Thank you.
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Old 03-23-2012, 09:59 AM   #11
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Incredible engineering and beauty.
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Old 03-23-2012, 10:03 AM   #12
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Gar Wood was an unbelievable talent. I have one of his boats, a 1946 Ensign. There's nothing like the thunder of those big engines in boats. I love to hear the Libertys, just rock the air when they are fired up.
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Old 03-23-2012, 10:06 AM   #13
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Enough with the pre-sale drivel, fire the dam thing up!

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Old 03-23-2012, 10:10 AM   #14
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Very cool! Thanks for sharing that.

400,000 to upwards of 1,000,000 showing up to watch the race... I can't help but feel that something is missing from our society today.
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Old 03-23-2012, 10:13 AM   #15
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Great story , he says they pulled the Miller's before the race because of a failure and put the Packard's back in . Then later he says #8 is the only Miss America with the original engines that it was raced with ?
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Old 03-23-2012, 10:17 AM   #16
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got to $700k at auction, it didnt meet the reserve...

Hows about just a little audio of those Packard motors?? Cool...

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Old 03-23-2012, 10:31 AM   #17
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Heres another little Gar Wood thingy that brings his boating career "closer" to hot rodding (sorta)

How many of you have or have had an early ford big truck with a dump body? One of these was probably riveted to the dump box!
This is off my '35 big truck.
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Old 03-23-2012, 11:02 AM   #18
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2 charged v-16's; 1800 HP with zoomies....that made my day
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Old 03-23-2012, 11:09 AM   #19
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Did you notice the Holley carbs? Harry is turning over right now...

yeah I saw that too...not sure how I feel about it, on one hand it probably has more power and is easier to tune, but on the other hand the only point of a boat like this is to be restored and correct
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Old 03-23-2012, 11:53 AM   #20
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Front engine boat... awesome
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