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Crosley Update: Its a real vehicle !!

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by fms427, Nov 2, 2008.

  1. fms427
    Joined: Nov 17, 2006
    Posts: 864



    Yep, Michigan just sent me a title - so It's well on its way to the road. Luckily when I bought the body from Jman on the HAMB, he had the VIN plate, so, armed with that, I attacked the Michigan Secretary of State. After several loops of "its a kit car' and "its an assembled vehicle", we convinced them it was a real 49 Crosley!


    Interior got a pair of Austin Healy buckets , and an aluminum diamond plate floor.


    Engine is an aluminum Olds V8, with Isky cam and kit, Offy intake and Holley carb, old Mallory Rev-Pol distributor, aluminum flywheel, and Muncie trans.


    As posted before, it has a 2x4 tube frame, 6 point roll cage, tube axle with front mounted Corvair steering box, 49 Ford axle with 4 link rear, and 49 Ford wheels, the rears reversed.


    Since it made its debut at Mi. BilletProof ( behind my convert), the next goal is to DRIVE it to 2009 Billetproof!!:)


    Last edited: Jul 21, 2010
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  2. chaddilac
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
    Posts: 13,867


    Wow that looks fun! bangin some gears!!!
  3. GARY?
    Joined: Aug 15, 2005
    Posts: 1,626


    Awesome. Looks fun as hell. When does it get it's first burnout in the bleach???
  4. Hot Rodz R Us
    Joined: Oct 19, 2006
    Posts: 920

    Hot Rodz R Us
    Member Emeritus

    I just seen it in Bowling Green.....Cool little car

  5. AHotRod
    Joined: Jul 27, 2001
    Posts: 11,343


    What a very,very cool looks like it just was built in '58.
    Love the color, wheel and tires choice,'s just so cool.
    What's been done to the engine ?
  6. Toast
    Joined: Jan 6, 2007
    Posts: 3,885

    from Jenks, OK

    That is way too cool!
  7. man that thing is wicked cool!!
  8. Mule Farmer
    Joined: Jun 1, 2005
    Posts: 1,508

    Mule Farmer
    from Holland MI

  9. fms427
    Joined: Nov 17, 2006
    Posts: 864


    Actually, I caught the drag racing bug again at Beech Bend GG with BOBWOP - I think it will see drag duty in the future. Need a better rear end - with posi - and some slicks - and maybe some belts.
    From what I've seen - in limited running - it has the beans.......
  10. I would drive the wheels off it, looks like it would be fast and fun all rolled up in one.

    Nice job,

  11. speedtool
    Joined: Oct 15, 2005
    Posts: 2,541


    Slick Mo-Chine!
  12. fab32
    Joined: May 14, 2002
    Posts: 13,985

    Member Emeritus

    So..................are you taking this instead of one of the Vette's to the next road race?:eek::D
    Looking good Stan, now drive the wheels off it.

  13. fms427
    Joined: Nov 17, 2006
    Posts: 864



    AHotRod - some more info on the engine....... It was an Ebay find - headline " low mileage aluminum V8 taken from a wrecked car in 1970, put on a WOOD CHIPPER, and used there until 1979. Recently found at an estate sale". Looking at the very dusty photo, there looked to be some nice pieces on it, so I bought it. Getting it home, it was evidently someones hot rod, as it was a treasure trove of 60's speed equipment!! I only took it apart and replaced seals.

    It is a standard bore Olds 215, with the good 11:1 pistons and heads. Full Isky cam and kit with adjustable pushrods, Offy intake with a 450 Holley, vintage Mallory Rev-Pol (now running on one coil - I need a dual sided coil, if anyone has one...). The bottom end is all balanced (with weights on the parts), contoured rods, dropped drag oil pan and pump, and aluminum flywheel. All of the parts, with the exception of the carb, came on the engine. It came with a small 2bbl with a lot of adaptors to the intake - wood chips must have flown too far with the 4bbl !!:) Made the headers by cutting up a set of Camaro headers. Never been on the dyno, but seems to put out really good horsepower !!
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  14. hugh m
    Joined: Jul 18, 2007
    Posts: 2,143

    hugh m
    from ct.

    Nice clean build, congradulations ,its nice to see something different done well. That motor is quite a score, never know where you'll uncover something neat. It's also cool you got plates..what a hassell that can be.
  15. irondoctor
    Joined: Jan 7, 2007
    Posts: 558

    from Newton, KS

    That Crosley is cool as heck. But that Ford...oh my gosh I am in lust.
    That Ford is a beautiful machine!!!
    Last edited: Nov 3, 2008
  16. zman
    Joined: Apr 2, 2001
    Posts: 16,593

    from Garner, NC

    Lose that air cleaner. they are dangerous. i.e. they catch on fire if it even burps funny.

    otherwise great car... congrats on it being official..
  17. B.A.KING
    Joined: Apr 6, 2005
    Posts: 3,735


    still think you need a crosley pick-up to go with it:D
  18. very cool...the tow vehicle ain't bad either...
  19. I have no idea what that is

    but its is pretty cool, thumbs up.
  20. fiat gasser
    Joined: Sep 5, 2008
    Posts: 1,579

    fiat gasser

    Nicely done! I've seen some Crosleys that are over lengthend were the body just looks out of place on the chassis. Your car looks right, love the stance. With the tow vehicle you have the total package. congrats
  21. fms427
    Joined: Nov 17, 2006
    Posts: 864


  22. zzford
    Joined: May 5, 2005
    Posts: 1,823


  23. I'm a big guy, and I love little cars, BUT, I think I could actually fit in your wonderful hot rod. Well done.

    O, and the guy that thinks it looks like a 1958 build, check out the crashed Anglia thread. This Crosley is very much a 2008 build! We never thought about full roll cages in '58.
  24. tjm73
    Joined: Feb 17, 2006
    Posts: 3,386


    I saw this car at Billetproof last summer. Very cool. Very rowdy sounding. Neat car.
  25. fms427
    Joined: Nov 17, 2006
    Posts: 864


  26. bobwop
    Joined: Jan 13, 2008
    Posts: 6,098


    had a great time at GG-Beech Bend with Stan and his hotrod. Way cool car and it sounds super tough. Hope to see it on the strip soon running with the nostalgic crowd.
  27. Love the car man, truly, but I gotta say it: If you hit something hard with the left front, that steering wheel is comin after you...
  28. Neat car. For my first car I nearly bought a Crosley station wagon. Here is one for sale locally here. It has a Inline 6 with I think a 5 carb intake.

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  29. Cool car! Killer job on it, love the lil Olds mill with all the goodies.

    Heres a car like yours, built in the 60s and campaigned a few feet from my house on the old San cobble Raceways track. It ran an injected flathead.
    The guy that built it still races, not this car though. its whereabouts is unknown.

  30. fms427
    Joined: Nov 17, 2006
    Posts: 864


    NUROADSIR & 29EHV8 - thanks for the pictures. While Crosleys were far from as plentiful as Willys, there were a few around the dragstrips of the 50s. And they had some unususl engines !! The Olds is maybe a little new, but what the hell, it's a "tribute" car !!:D

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