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Projects Scratch built Crosley Special

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by 1952B3b23, Jan 5, 2019.

  1. My good friend Bob built this Crosley special from the ground up. His inspiration is the early single seat Maserati racers from back in the day. The engine is a straight 8 Crosley. Bob took two 4 cylinder engines and mated them together. The rear end is a VW transaxle and it has independent front suspension. He is no doubt a mechanical wizard.

    Bob asked me to build an all aluminum body for it since he isn’t into metal shaping. I gladly agreed. So for about a week now I’ve been working on the wireform which defines the body shape. I pretty much have the tail section done and am now working on the belly pan wires. I’ll be chronicling the build here and on Instagram. Thanks for following along.



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  2. Sporty45
    Joined: Jun 1, 2015
    Posts: 722

    from NH Boonies

    I'm in for the ride. I'd love to see how he built the motor. Looks like fun! :cool:
  3. jim32
    Joined: Dec 9, 2006
    Posts: 622

    1. Hamb & Eggs

    That is fantastic. The body build will be very interesting, and I hope Bob will offer some detail on that engine build also.
  4. Thanks guys. I’ll get more details on how he mated the engines. Possibly even some pictures if he took any.

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  5. nochop
    Joined: Nov 13, 2005
    Posts: 1,309

    from norcal

    Joined: Dec 14, 2009
    Posts: 2,016


    Looking good!!
    More on , well, More on EVERYTHING !!
    Pics, words, c’mon .... this is like one of those click bait web sites !:eek:
  7. koolbeans
    Joined: Apr 12, 2015
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  8. tractorguy
    Joined: Jan 5, 2008
    Posts: 557

    Member did he do the engine ?
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  9. THAT .... is what makes this place stupendous. Keep posting please.
  10. That's bitchin' !
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  11. Ya'll are both good at your craft's.Keep it going.
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  13. catdad49
    Joined: Sep 25, 2005
    Posts: 3,782


    You shouldn't have told anyone about the engine, could have played stump the HAMB! This is going to be Grand (Prix)! Subscribed.
  14. THIS is going to be a great thread!
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  15. goldmountain
    Joined: Jun 12, 2016
    Posts: 1,325


    This thing is incredible. Is there anything on this car that isn't handmade?
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  16. rusty rocket
    Joined: Oct 30, 2011
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    rusty rocket

    WOW!! I can't wait to watch this unfold.
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  17. GordonC
    Joined: Mar 6, 2006
    Posts: 1,679


    I always wondered when mating up two engines this way do you gain anything over the original 4 cylinder? Aren't you constrained by the power and torque limits that are normal to the 4 cylinder engine (hopping up aside) or do you end up with twice the horsepower and torque? Not being a smart ass just wondered.
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  18. dana barlow
    Joined: May 30, 2006
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    dana barlow
    from Miami Fla.

    Pretty cool,I guess he has not got around too building rear shocks? I love Crosley's anyway,so had too look ! Love the custom brakes too!
    By the way,his custom upper water hose/line/tube has a hump around the mag,that's not smart,as it should of been off the block up a little an then run straight{picking up next out let as it goes foreword=no hump for air/steam pocket=better cooling.
    This photo I added is of one Dad an I built, Crosley powered SCCA H-Mod back in the late 1950s.
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2019
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  19. Most of the nuts and bolts aren’t lol. Just about everything else is.

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  20. I will get more details from Bob the next time I talk to him. For now here are some more close up pictures. I’m pretty sure he had the wheels made in England. For the brake drums, he made wooden patterns and had them cast at a local foundry then machined them afterword. The gas tank is handmade from aluminum.

    Thanks for all the positive responses. I’m glad people are enjoying it. It’s too damn cool not to share.



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  21. That thing is fantastic- please keep us up to date with your biddy's progress!
    Hmmm, I 've got a pair of 59ci Homlite engines kicking around- hmmmm :D
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  22. I’ve never even thought about that. But good question. Off the top of my head I think you would be limited to the 4 cylinders original power. He basically built this to see if it could be done, and he did it.

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  23. goldmountain
    Joined: Jun 12, 2016
    Posts: 1,325


    Since Crosleys are SOHC, how is he driving that magneto? The old memory glands kicked in and I thought I would include this other Crosley 8. Scan-190105-0001.jpg
  24. King ford
    Joined: Mar 18, 2013
    Posts: 1,274

    King ford
    from 08302

    Extremely cool car, looking forward to watching your tin work come together...on the engine, I believe you have twice the power with two four cylinder has become a straight 8 ...
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  25. panheadguy
    Joined: Jan 8, 2005
    Posts: 956

    from S.E. WI

    Very cool. Workmanship 1st. class. A very ambitious work of art. Any idea what it will weigh?
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  26. Rickybop
    Joined: May 23, 2008
    Posts: 5,921

    from Michigan

    When I die and they ask me...
    "Well, how was it?"
    I'm gonna be like...
    "I was on the Hamb. I've seen things, man."
  27. studebakerjoe
    Joined: Jul 7, 2015
    Posts: 536


    Mac, if you can't think of anything to do with those 2 Homelites, I've often thought about a Bantam based Crosley 8 powered mini Duesenberg SSJ.
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  28. That would be AWESOME!... of course, you'd have to make a DOHC conversion for that 8...

  29. drtrcrV-8
    Joined: Jan 6, 2013
    Posts: 1,220


    For an answer to a question about the mag drive: based on where he's located the mag, I'd suggest he's using the location on the second crankcase where the original distributor was installed(makes perfect sense to use an existing mount/location, & probably using the original gears to drive it as well). This "build" is so far beyond just "bitchin" that it would be like calling the NOVI "just another V-8"!! Besides: anybody who does "Crazy" things like this with/to Crosleys is ALL RIGHT!!! Now I'm waiting for Ned Ludd to jump in here!!!(PLEASE??)
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  30. GordonC
    Joined: Mar 6, 2006
    Posts: 1,679


    King ford thanks. I hear what your saying about twice the power, but unless they are driving the two motors from a common crankshaft the front motor is limited as to what it can pass (add on) into the drive train by the 4 cylinder behind it. Logic says to me it can only be as powerful as the 4 cylinder hooked to the transmission. On the other hand with a common crankshaft it would for all intents and purposes be a straight 8 delivering all its power straight to the transmission. I have no experience or knowledge in this area so I figured I would ask.

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