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Art & Inspiration 302 Ford small block, really small.

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by gbritnell, Jan 9, 2014.

  1. steve185
    Joined: Sep 23, 2012
    Posts: 59


  2. tobyflh
    Joined: Nov 5, 2008
    Posts: 421

    from Peru il

    WOW,WOW and WOW!!
  3. willymakeit
    Joined: Apr 13, 2009
    Posts: 1,326


    All I can say it is simply amazing. I admire anyone with the skill and perseverance to accomplish what you have done.
  4. Buddy Palumbo
    Joined: Mar 30, 2008
    Posts: 3,870

    Buddy Palumbo

    totally incredible - great work !
  5. tylercrawford
    Joined: Jan 30, 2011
    Posts: 726

    from Buford, GA
    1. S.F.C.C.

    That is so stinkin cool!

    Great job!!! Built several small block fords and I've got to agree you nailed the look perfectly.
  6. 36tudordeluxe
    Joined: Oct 2, 2008
    Posts: 496


  7. ml_engr
    Joined: Apr 15, 2012
    Posts: 121


    Unreal...just amazing work.
  8. 26 roadster
    Joined: Apr 21, 2008
    Posts: 2,015

    26 roadster

    Beautiful work...where's the like button?
  9. powrshftr
    Joined: Mar 29, 2013
    Posts: 4,550


    I am totally floored by the quality of your work,and the amount of time and attention you must have given this project.
    Your work is just plain amazing.Nice job!


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  10. 5wcoupehunter
    Joined: Oct 20, 2007
    Posts: 907

    from FLORIDA

    Great job,i'm a big fan of sbf engines I love it.
  11. gbritnell
    Joined: Apr 26, 2013
    Posts: 193


    Hi Prpmmp,
    It runs on pump gas (86) It will spin and honest 7,800 rpm., no rev job. I figuring with the displacement, 6.5 cu. in and the rpm it should make about 5 hp.
  12. mammyjammer
    Joined: May 23, 2009
    Posts: 505

    from Area 51

    ...just having a Friday daydream about a 5 horse mini SBF on my lawn mower...or a 20 horse mini 8V 427 on my lawn tractor..

    Seriously that mini SBF is an amazing work of art!!!!
  13. At this point, this whole miniature engine stuff has officially gone seriously nuts.

    It is one thing to build a generic small engine, it is quite another to scale down an iconic powerplant, to the point I need a size reference in the photo to tell the two apart.

    I am quite unbelieveably impressed.

  14. gbritnell
    Joined: Apr 26, 2013
    Posts: 193


    Here's one with a set of mikes for comparison.
  15. Super Streak
    Joined: Nov 22, 2011
    Posts: 268

    Super Streak
    from Florida

    Absolutely Awesome!!!
  16. UNBELIEVABLE! That is just too cool. AND...sounds great too. Well done.
  17. I'll take that as a 0-1" mike, and thank you. Helped wrap me head around the size.

    You are a capital 'M' Machinist, sir!!

  18. old soul
    Joined: Jan 15, 2011
    Posts: 1,093

    old soul
    from oswego NY

    Is that a 1 wire gm alt?
  19. 40FordGuy
    Joined: Mar 24, 2008
    Posts: 2,907


    OUTSTANDING !!!!!!!!!!!!!! and WOW !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. fab32
    Joined: May 14, 2002
    Posts: 13,985

    Member Emeritus

    Thanks for sharing what must have been 100's of hours on the mill and lathe. When you can impress a died in the wool Chevy guy like me you've really done something............and I'm seriously impressed.

  21. Way Cool. You are very talented. Thanks for sharing.
  22. gbritnell
    Joined: Apr 26, 2013
    Posts: 193


    Hi Fab32,
    From the initial layouts and sketches, through machining and building to carburetor and ignition experimentation I have in the neighborhood of 2500 hours.
    When I learned my trade as a metal patternmaker, way back when, most all of the pattern and die work was machined by hand or finished by hand so it was just a short step away to building my engines and things. Nowadays there are CNC machines that will do all of this contour work in 1/10 of the time but that's another subject altogether.
  23. redlinetoys
    Joined: May 18, 2004
    Posts: 4,301

    from Midwest

    Simply fantastic!!

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  24. OahuEli
    Joined: Dec 27, 2008
    Posts: 5,085

    from Hawaii

    Holy moly! It didn't really sink in how small this engine was until I saw the hose clamps on the coolant lines. Typically those screw heads are 5/16". Man what an engine for a go cart! :eek::D I cannot put into words my respect for your accomplishment sir! I'd love to see what it does on a dyno.
    Btw, what did the oil filter come from?
  25. gbritnell
    Joined: Apr 26, 2013
    Posts: 193


    Hi OahuEli,
    I made almost every part in the engine. I bought the valve springs and the 2 helical gears that drive the oil pump/distributor from the cam. Everything else I made. The oil filter center section and the can were machined from brass. The inner tube has fine surgical steel mesh rolled around it and soldered. The outer can was then soldered to the center section, bead blasted and painted. The large FL1-A was masked and hand painted. The small Motorcraft logos are a type of transfer lettering they use for model trains. After everything was in place I gave it a light coat of clear. So the filter does actually filter but the oil (straight 30 wt.) get changed a couple of time a year so it doesn't get very dirty. The biggest problem when I first got it running was keeping head gaskets on it. Not so much around the cylinders but sealing at the water openings. I finally found a high temperature silicon coated material and it has held up very well. Here's a couple of pictures of the engine torn down on the bench when I was having head gasket problems.

  26. Great workmanship & detail!
  27. OahuEli
    Joined: Dec 27, 2008
    Posts: 5,085

    from Hawaii

    I am amazed and quite impressed. I've overhauled who knows how many gasoline and diesel engines since the early '70s but in my opinion, if I'd been able to do what you have done, there would be not much left to accomplish.
    That said, and I really mean it, whats the chances of putting your engine on a dyno?
  28. luke13
    Joined: Oct 25, 2013
    Posts: 381


    now are you going to tell us that it runs hydraulic lifters, just to blow our minds. as a sbf fan im well impressed, hats off to you sir.
  29. OMG that's outragous. I think you just humbled a lot of people here. I'm stuck for words.
  30. 1964countrysedan
    Joined: Apr 14, 2011
    Posts: 1,131

    from Texas

    As an experienced machinist, I am real interested to know what tooling you used to make the crank.

    Incredible work. The world's first $250,000 302?

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