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Miss America VIII

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Ryan, Mar 23, 2012.

  1. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 19,521

    from Austin, TX
    Staff Member

  2. Dreddybear
    Joined: Mar 31, 2007
    Posts: 5,982


  3. Mrs Fiddy
    Joined: Sep 26, 2005
    Posts: 7

    Mrs Fiddy

    not one miller engine, but TWIN blown v-16's?

    took my breath away
  4. 1100 cubic inches at 6000+ RPM and straight pipes....I sure hope we can hear that melodious monster soon !!

  5. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 19,521

    from Austin, TX
    Staff Member

    Did you notice the Holley carbs? Harry is turning over right now...
  6. Bigcheese327
    Joined: Sep 16, 2001
    Posts: 6,691


    Gar Wood's stuff is really interesting - and there's a huge history of boat racing on the Detroit River. In fact, one of the reasons the auto industry grew up in Detroit has to do with the boat-building industry already there. Michigan has lousy coal for use in marine engines, so gasoline engines became the standard. With that tribal knowledge already in place, it wasn't a huge step to start building road-going vehicles

    I also can't help but wonder if some young man in Detroit in the mid- to late-1920s was inspired to fit a Vee'd windshield to his gow because of Gar Wood and his cohorts.

  7. Bigcheese327
    Joined: Sep 16, 2001
    Posts: 6,691


    I pointed that out when Hemmings featured this boat. The original carbs and superchargers are apparently still with the boat.

  8. Junk Hunter
    Joined: Feb 1, 2010
    Posts: 290

    Junk Hunter
    from The Ozarks

    That's the first thing I noticed. Kinda like putting a pickle on top of your ice cream cone....It just don't belong there.
  9. Nick Flores
    Joined: Aug 13, 2009
    Posts: 1,357

    Nick Flores

    Cool video.... I should get pics cause you guys won't believe me, but we were cleaning the shop the other day and dragged an aluminium V-16 block and heads down from the rafters... Those things are BIG!

    Here's a link to a small page about the V-16 Caddy powered, '32 framed, 23 Dodge our founder picked up in the 50's.
    Last edited: Mar 23, 2012
  10. truckjim
    Joined: May 21, 2011
    Posts: 166


    Thank you Ryan. Thank you.
  11. willymakeit
    Joined: Apr 13, 2009
    Posts: 1,326


    Incredible engineering and beauty.
  12. Iron Dog
    Joined: Oct 28, 2011
    Posts: 267

    Iron Dog
    from Minnesota

    Gar Wood was an unbelievable talent. I have one of his boats, a 1946 Ensign. There's nothing like the thunder of those big engines in boats. I love to hear the Libertys, just rock the air when they are fired up.
  13. Enough with the pre-sale drivel, fire the dam thing up!

  14. Very cool! Thanks for sharing that.

    400,000 to upwards of 1,000,000 showing up to watch the race... I can't help but feel that something is missing from our society today.
  15. 38zephyr
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 622


    Great story , he says they pulled the Miller's before the race because of a failure and put the Packard's back in . Then later he says #8 is the only Miss America with the original engines that it was raced with ?
    Last edited: Mar 24, 2012
  16. Slick Willy
    Joined: Aug 3, 2008
    Posts: 3,012

    Slick Willy

    got to $700k at auction, it didnt meet the reserve...

    Hows about just a little audio of those Packard motors?? Cool...

  17. Slick Willy
    Joined: Aug 3, 2008
    Posts: 3,012

    Slick Willy

    Heres another little Gar Wood thingy that brings his boating career "closer" to hot rodding (sorta)

    How many of you have or have had an early ford big truck with a dump body? One of these was probably riveted to the dump box!
    This is off my '35 big truck.

    Attached Files:

  18. S.F.
    Joined: Oct 19, 2006
    Posts: 2,894


    2 charged v-16's; 1800 HP with zoomies....that made my day
  19. S.F.
    Joined: Oct 19, 2006
    Posts: 2,894


    yeah I saw that too...not sure how I feel about it, on one hand it probably has more power and is easier to tune, but on the other hand the only point of a boat like this is to be restored and correct
  20. deto
    Joined: Jun 26, 2010
    Posts: 2,620


    Front engine boat... awesome
  21. Chuckles Garage
    Joined: Jun 10, 2006
    Posts: 2,366

    Chuckles Garage
    Alliance Vendor

    Yes! blasphemy!
  22. sololobo
    Joined: Aug 23, 2006
    Posts: 8,158


    HOT RODDING? You bet your ass, this is such an awesome story wth beautiful sound and excitement. Thanx for this amazing story! ~sololobo
  23. Wow, amazing Detroit history!! Ryan, doubt anyone on the board frowns upon you sharing this wonderful story. Thanks for sharing.:cool:
    Couple guys died in a historical boat race, north of Orlando, a few weeks ago. Tragic!!:(
  24. 2Loose
    Joined: Nov 9, 2005
    Posts: 404


    Old vehicles of any kind, but especially the modified, altered, custom, powerful, artful and fast; whether they roll on wheels or float on water, should find a place on the HAMB! Many thanks for sharing that!
  25. Lucky77
    Joined: Mar 27, 2006
    Posts: 2,487


    Man, that was cool!
  26. MIKE-3137
    Joined: Feb 19, 2003
    Posts: 1,578


    Very cool...whether it rolls, floats or flies, I love old mechanical things...
  27. Wicked Tin
    Joined: Oct 17, 2007
    Posts: 1,153

    Wicked Tin

    Land or water it's gonna rock, that's cool no matter what it's in!
  28. oldandkrusty
    Joined: Oct 8, 2002
    Posts: 2,119


    I wonder if the Miss America VIII ever got sold after the auction? You know, in the sale goes on stuff that Mecum does. I also wonder what happened to the engines all those years that they were separated from the original hull? Where did they go? Were they ever put in another boat; either alone or together? Who ownerd them?

    This boat is just spectacular amd I can't understand why someone with the wherewithal didn't scoop it up. The point that the narrator of the video made about new boats costing over one million bucks and then being worth less than half that within the year would make one think that a one-off, never to be made again boat of significant historical value had to be worth a million all day long. Shows what I know...
  29. haroldd1963
    Joined: Oct 15, 2007
    Posts: 1,154

    from Peru, IL

    Thanks for posting!
  30. Joe T Creep
    Joined: Jan 1, 2003
    Posts: 1,145

    Joe T Creep
    Member Emeritus

    Wow. Thats really something. Man.....To heard that thing run in person must be spectacular.

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