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millers and offys, oh my

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by silent rick, Mar 16, 2011.

  1. silent rick
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    i didn't know if i should post these boxes here or on the friday art thread. beautiful work on these patterns. don't even ask. steve has permission to cast just one set.
    the oil pan pattern is cadillac. there's a lost art to pattern making. these things were beautiful.

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  2. rd martin
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    rick, we just missed each other at steves, i was there when the cobra was dropped off. we are working on maybe getting steve alittle tv time! we will see what happens.
     
  3. Holy chit !!!!!!!!
     
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  5. silent rick
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    the car is red now. very red

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    and chromed suspension like the original

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    Real nice.
    If I was closer, I would volunteer to run your machine tools.
     
  7. pitman
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    Offys, Millers, the workmanship here is incredible! Thanks Rick.
     
  8. greg32
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    Amazing, now a little gold leaf artistry.........
     
  9. Super88
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    I've attended the Millers at Milwaukee event for the past several years and if you think the photos look great, you should hear these cars run on the track!
     
  10. What a mother load of automotive treasure!
    Not just the collection, which is stunning by itself, but the fact that this stuff is happening day-in, day-out. If I lived up there I would be donating my time sweeping up just to absorb what's going on. Sounds like an awesome place. Please keep sharing your visits. THANKS!!
     
  11. silent rick
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    it was a real learning experience watching the new laydown roadster come together. i tried to capture some of the mods needed to lay one of these offys over on it's side.
    notice the bump outs in the one cam box and the sump added to the crankcase to allow collection of the oil so it can be returned to the tank.

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    there will be hard line connecting the cam box to the added sump, but that can't be done until the engine is in the car and the exhaust on and then everything weaved through the pipes. not an easy task.

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    offy in and getting plumbed

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    sheet metal back on

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    the quality goes in before the name goes on

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    windshield

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    heater...er.. i mean oil tank right next to the driver. actually, it's pretty comfortable. no cup holders

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    the original car came in 4th or 5th in it's first year, 1958. it led a number of laps wiith tony bettenhausen driving. they couldn't make up for time lost in the pits. they still used the jiffy jack for tire changes while the other guys had moved on to air lifts. for 1959, they had a mandatory change to add a taller roll bar and the car was given air lifts. it looked promising for 1959 but in practice on pole day, tony slammed the wall hard twice and went skidding through a wooden fence in the infield and landed upside down in the mud. good thing it had a roll bar.

    the frame was bent up at a 90 degree angle behind the front tires. the offy was pulled and the remaining hulk was sold for a grand. the new owners stood the engine up and ran a kurtis inspired nose. it was never competitive after the crash. so, basically this car only had a year to do it's thing.
     
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  12. falcongeorge
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    I sold a disassembled Vincent black shadow yesterday(not an easy decision) looking at the stuff as I was loading it, I had the same feeling. Vincents, Offys, Millers, Duesenbergs, some of this stuff really IS on a whole 'nother level...so beautifully done, such thought and care in every piece, and the caliber of the machining...
     
  13. Deuced Up!
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    We really need a nice video (WITH SOUND)!
     
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    a real nice looking car!
     
  15. Hellfish
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    Absolutely incredible collection and car. I can't wait to see/hear some video. Will it see some track time?
     
  16. silent rick
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    this car is now done. it got the liner installed and all the correct decals and stickers. notice the liner has a pocket. i asked steve if the driver really needed a map pouch to know exactly where to turn left. he said no, but it came in handy to keep a rag available for wiping oil and stuff from their faces and a place to keep their smokes.


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    this car almost got in the way of my taking pictures

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    SUPER COOL, I want all that stuff! Gary;)
     
  18. Wow wee wow wow!
     
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  19. Can anyone tell me more about these radius rod mounts? They look similar to the ones on my 9N in theory. Is it something that is available or do I need to make my own???

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  20. cfmvw
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    I am just in awe of the craftsmanship that went into everything I've seen on this thread...definitely a work of art!
     
  21. silent rick
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    new cast offy blocks getting machined.

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  22. silent rick
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    steve did the restoration on this original 2 seat indy car in six weeks.

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    frame

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  23. silent rick
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    body pieces

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    front axle with cable actuated brakes

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    winfield updrafts

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    starting the reassembly

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  24. silent rick
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    photo of car in it's hey day. another one of umbrella mike boyle's cars.

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  25. rooman
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    On the two seat car, do you have any photos of the intake manifold after it was modified to the correct configuration?

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  26. silent rick
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    in primer

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    and in paint

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    the slot is for the ride along mechanic to stick his arm into so he doesn't go flying out. alot of help that was.

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  27. silent rick
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    and done.

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    don't know if this is the original interior or not

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  28. gnichols
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    No pix for me... just IMGs. And I just checked, I can't see any pix in this thread. The HAMB is also slow for me now. Related? Gary
     
  29. rooman
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    Must be you Gary as I can see everything. :)

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