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History For Chain Drive Haters and GMC Lovers

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Little Wing, Apr 27, 2010.

  1. Little Wing
    Joined: Nov 25, 2005
    Posts: 7,501

    Little Wing
    from Northeast

    So many have nothing but negative to say about the old chain drive blower set ups, well lookie here !! This may be the only production set up like this,,pretty neat I think..

    and would like 5 carbs on that GMC ??

    Just some neat stuff I found in a very old Howards Cams Catalog

    ( click on image 3 times for super big picture )

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  2. D.W.
    Joined: Jun 5, 2004
    Posts: 2,070

    from Austin Tx.

    Upper sprockets are $5.00 each. Dig that cover!
  3. stude_trucks
    Joined: Sep 13, 2007
    Posts: 4,755


    $275? Sign me up! That would be awesome with my 4-71 Cragar/392 hemi setup. If I could ever find one, I'd run one of those in a heart beat. 3 V's are cool, but that is cooler.
  4. I like the chain drive, but you're right, there are plenty of "haters". An open chain drive just LOOKS like it wants to rip your head off. The enclosed chain is just too cool.

    If top fuel drag bikes run chain final drive, it's safe enough for me. It doesn't take 1000, or even 100, horsepower to spin a 4-71.

  5. Little Wing
    Joined: Nov 25, 2005
    Posts: 7,501

    Little Wing
    from Northeast

    It is pretty neat,,wonder how well it worked
  6. RichFox
    Joined: Dec 3, 2006
    Posts: 10,020


    It worked well enough for Howard to win the Winternationals with his dragster when there were only two "Nationals" and there would be 50-7- cars running for Top Elimanitor. Like Top Fuel now. Howard was sure a profolicic builder of neet stuff. I had a Howard head (Now Aries) on my GMC. Howard also made his own fuel injection to fit the head. He came up to me, looked at the head and said "You have my head on your car." I said "I beg your pardon? That's my head. I bought it." Howard said "No I mean I made it." Whatever he wanted he made. No worry. Just invent something and make it. Don't think there has been another one .
  7. BLAKE
    Joined: Aug 10, 2002
    Posts: 2,776


    "It is very important that the chain be tightened each time you take your car out."

    That part sorta sucks.
  8. stude_trucks
    Joined: Sep 13, 2007
    Posts: 4,755


    Yeah, I saw that too.:eek: Guess that kills it for a street car unless chains have gotten better and no strech, etc. Only good for the track I guess. Plus, I caught that the 4-71 was for the Chev. and 6-71 was for the Hemis. So that wouldn't probably work with what I have either. Bummer. Not like I would ever likely be able to lay hands on one anyway. Maybe time to get some cylce parts and cast up my own cover. :D
  9. nowadays you could adapt a spring loaded chain tesioner. The quality of chains available today, coupled with running it "wet" and a spring loaded tensioner, seems like it would make a VERY reliable, unique, and strong blower drive.
  10. Howard made these for the Chrysler 354, the Chevy 265/283/327, the 345 Olds and the 430 Lincolns. He only made them for a few years because the belt drive moved in. These were really popular in drag boats.
  11. ChassisResearchKid
    Joined: Feb 18, 2006
    Posts: 764

    from Michigan

    I LOVE mine, but mine is a Hollish, not a Howards. Mine uses a turn buckle for a tenioner. Works like a champ. Todd
  12. holeshot
    Joined: Sep 18, 2009
    Posts: 1,519

    from Waxahachie

    LITTLE WING...i think OLD say's it all...POP.
  13. scruff
    Joined: Apr 11, 2004
    Posts: 276


    like this one

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  14. Chuck Most
    Joined: May 8, 2009
    Posts: 175

    Chuck Most
    from Saskatoon

    I don't get why there's so much animosity toward chain drives. Bikers consider belt drives girly, but rodders don't like chain driven blowers? Come on!
  15. squigy
    Joined: Nov 30, 2003
    Posts: 3,915

    from SO.FLO.

    I like them..Wish i could have one!:-0
  16. 296ardun
    Joined: Feb 11, 2009
    Posts: 4,401


    Howard Johansen was a prolific the time the chain drive was clearly better than the multiple belt drives or front drives, because it just gave more boost (unless the motor backfired into the blower, the belt drives sometimes gave slack, but the chain did not...

    Howard also innovated the aluminum connecting rods...not sure if he was the first to make them but he did understand the limits of iron rods....fabricated a clear plastic pan to watch Desoto rods and realized how much they stretched and then broke, and designed aluminum rods to correct the weakness.....and he was always in the shop with a greasy apron .... drove by the old Howard shop on Main St in LA, he was always working......
  17. people have a misconception of what happens when a chain breaks, they think it will act like a weed eater cutting everything in it's path but what happens is that when it's not being stressed it just goes limp and a enclosed with an oil bath would last for ever
  18. KrisKustomPaint
    Joined: Apr 20, 2007
    Posts: 1,107


    Did anyone else catch the "Sanfordized" flywheel? Is that made for hauling junk?
  19. punkroder
    Joined: May 14, 2007
    Posts: 75

    from socal

    I have that flywheel on my 324. Always wondered who made it, now I know, thanks.
  20. LIL.TIMMYUser Name
    Joined: Jan 30, 2009
    Posts: 741

    LIL.TIMMYUser Name

    Boy! That set-up on the flathead rail just looks MEAN!

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