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Hot Rods Ardun F1 1951

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by rexrogers, Dec 19, 2015.

  1. rexrogers
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    We are just about to finish up this Adrun project for one of our customers. We built the ardun motor for him a few years back and the original plan was to put the motor in a 23 track t something to showcase the engine. Well time passes and the owner sent us a patina truck to put the Ardun motor in. It does have a good bit more patina than i would like. But the chassis has been completely rebuilt new bed wood and all the structural areas of the body are repaired. We are running a T5 behind the motor and a 9"rear. We used Porter mufflers and the truck sounds great. The stock gauges are rebuilt along with a new wiring harness.
    It really has been a fun build to do, the truck is out getting some carpet and the seat covered now.
    Here is a link to the truck running down the street in front of the shop.
     
  2. rexrogers
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  3. The37Kid
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    NICE! That is were they were designed to be. I often wonder if anyone popped the hood on an old truck and found an ARDUN powered engine? Bob
     
  4. Jalopy Joker
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    Cool set up, the 'ol sleeper look - I understand that but, the firewall should have been cleaned/painted to help showcase that beautiful $ motor.
     
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  5. Love that motor, looks like it was photoshopped in there, I agree on the FW.
     
  6. haychrishay
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    I am so damn Jealous right about now! But that is cool!
     
  7. Malcolm
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    Pretty damn cool! Sits good, too.

    Malcolm
     
  8. Atwater Mike
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    I'm aghast...Beautiful dream engine from when my psyche first developed in flathead heaven.
    I'd love to drive that into a 'full service' station and watch the attendant's reaction when uncovering the sleeping monster.
    But I'm with Rex. 'Patina' is a little excessive, just a mild cleanup on the sheet metal and bumpers/grille/tailgate would compliment this otherwise Perfect truck!
    As always, just my thoughts...Love the welled fender and spare, goes with the stance!
     
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  9. BJR
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    What kind of horsepower does an Ardun flathead produce?
     
  10. DDDenny
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    Whachu talk'n bout Willis!
     
  11. desotot
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    Nice!seems to me the Ardun deserves a roadster with an open engine compartment. Like BJR asked, how many hps?
     
  12. rexrogers
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    From our dyno sheet the hps 245
     
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  13. 3wLarry
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    if yer a car guy, ya gotta love rich people....who else could drop 70k on a toy and make us all smile
     
  14. Unless youv'e changed the filter material in those "little chrome air cleaners",they are pitiful breathers for fuel/air mixture.If they are stockers,your ratio will be rich or too fat.You cannot feed an engine too much air;it will dictate what it can handle.I have better luck with a big K&N style filters that I buy at swap meets and then make my own tops and bottoms. image.jpg
     
  15. DDDenny
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    Hmmm....uh...hmmm...uh...maybe.....Bruce Meyer!
     
  16. rexrogers
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    We have some k n filters in there now. We still need to do some road testing on the truck once the seat is done.
     
  17. rexrogers
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    ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1450996441.836076.jpg ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1450996453.541337.jpg .
    The 51 belongs to David Duthu we did a roadster pick up a few years back, and some preservation work on the King and Hansen belly tank
     
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  18. PackardV8
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    Love it and wouldn't change a thing.

    jack vines
     
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  19. 296ardun
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    I like it! What is the story on the intake manifold? Didn't know someone made a 3-carb manifold for Arduns...of course I have not touched one in over 50 years, so I'm clearly out of touch.
     
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  20. Big Al
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    Very cool.
    Al.
     
  21. ...simply COOL!,..but I'd have to throw that spare into the bed.
     
  22. Yeah, the small stamped air cleaners are crap in the airflow department, but a big honkin' K&N is crap in the aesthetics department. There is a happy median between the two.

    Ken Austin makes (or at least made) a variety of intakes for the Arduns. The 3x2 used on this engine is one of those.
     
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  23. I like it, at least the patina is real and not fake.
    As to the Ardun, I'm a big fan, just cause they have, the look, but they're not that rare nowadays, and its only money.....
    Someone else's, and we get to enjoy it for free.:D
     
  24. 52lomofo
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    What is the front suspension consist of??
     
  25. 52lomofo
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    would it be possible to install small block chevy using those stock motor mounts what would i need?? thanks Mike
     
  26. I like it a lot, definitely be a surprise when the hood is popped open. The Ardun were developed to make more power for the big trucks, so this seems a nice fit. Engine looks very nice.
     
  27. Mark in Japan
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    Fastest? ....don't know. Growliest?......maybe not.

    But absolutely gourgeous!!! :D
     
  28. 29 Speedster
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    In the late 60's, I had a similar looking 51 Ford PU with a Rochester Fuel Injected 327 with a T-10. Fun truck.
     
  29. rexrogers
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    Ken Austin is where the intake came from we built this motor about 5 years ago, don't know if they are still made or not.
    The front end Spring kit and dropped axle is from TCI. We did use a vega style box from Pete and Jakes.
    With a hurst style mount you should be able to get sbc motor installed plenty of room in the engine bay.
     
  30. I just came across this, Don Garlits and his 500hp Ardun engine...



    Glen.
    :)
     
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