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Projects Scratch built Crosley Special

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

  1. So cool! The entire car is a work of art. I'll bet that engine sounds wild!
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  2. esrbuilders
    Joined: Sep 20, 2012
    Posts: 73


    Awesome very nice!
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  3. john worden
    Joined: Nov 14, 2007
    Posts: 1,500

    john worden
    from iowa

    So are we to believe that the block, sump, head, crankshaft, cam, valve cover plus misc. parts are all newly fabricated parts?
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  4. seb fontana
    Joined: Sep 1, 2005
    Posts: 6,090

    seb fontana
    from ct

    To add some the engines I think are mounted nose to nose, cranks joined at the splines that the tower shaft and dist/oil pump drive gears are on, thus the mag drive..Possibly driving both cams with the one tower shaft..The spline areas are not the strong suit to handle power transfer from front crank to rear crank but builder probably beefed the area up..I have read that the tower shaft is pressed into the drive gear only and should be welded to handle increased two-cam loading...What a build; really cool thinking!!!!
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  5. rd martin
    Joined: Nov 14, 2006
    Posts: 2,410

    rd martin
    from indiana

    I also would love to hear it run! just wonder about rpm, those things scream as a single 4 cyl engine! lots of thinking on that deal! my head hurts!
  6. s55mercury66
    Joined: Jul 6, 2009
    Posts: 3,752

    from SW Wyoming

    Awesome. Time to go watch some old video of Fangio at Monte Carlo. That tank is beatiful, I'll be impatiently waiting for updates.
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  7. Rickybop
    Joined: May 23, 2008
    Posts: 5,931

    from Michigan

    There are craftsmen who can actually weld it all together and machine as needed to make one. Saw an article years ago about a V-12 made from 2 small-block Chevys.
  8. sdluck
    Joined: Sep 19, 2006
    Posts: 2,254


    Are these twin 850 cc,so it is a 1700 cc .
  9. drtrcrV-8
    Joined: Jan 6, 2013
    Posts: 1,222


    Original displacement for Crosley was 44cu in, but I have no dimensions(bore/stroke) for this engine!
  10. Holy shit!!
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  11. WB69
    Joined: Dec 7, 2008
    Posts: 1,043


    Also want more on the engine build.
  12. Okie Pete
    Joined: Oct 29, 2008
    Posts: 3,110

    Okie Pete

    Very talented Individual , bet he doesn't set around in front of a tv much . Thank you for sharing . Looking forward for more information about his building of the car parts . Also your metal work.
    Herb Ottoway of Wichita Ks took 2 Indian 4 blocks , cut off the front cylinder of one block and the rear cylinder off the other one , welded them together making a 6 cylinder engine . He had a crank made for it . He called his bike the Super Chief.
  13. seb fontana
    Joined: Sep 1, 2005
    Posts: 6,090

    seb fontana
    from ct

    Crosley @ 44 cu in is 2.5 bore x 2.250 stroke..Some post Crosley [Fageol/Crofton] may have had a 2.750 bore for 53 cu in...Homelite/Bearcat [last generation] @ 59 cu in is bore 2.750 x 2.500 stroke...
  14. ghornbostel
    Joined: Jan 3, 2012
    Posts: 131


    Well this one wasn’t built with a VISA card and a Summit catalog. Good on you guys!


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  15. RichFox
    Joined: Dec 3, 2006
    Posts: 9,831


    Think of a freight train. Or two guys pushing the same car. One big guy and one smaller. Thy both put in what they have. Nobody takes out.
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  16. BrerHair
    Joined: Jan 30, 2007
    Posts: 4,307


    This is poetry, just beautiful. Somebody should make this their signature. ^^^
    Took the words right out of my mouth.
  17. drtrcrV-8
    Joined: Jan 6, 2013
    Posts: 1,222


    Seb Fontana: I know what the production Bore/Stroke numbers were, but was wondering what THIS engine was, that's my question. Until we are able to get more info on this build it's a good question. I really hope some pictures were taken during the engine build!!
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  18. Ned Ludd
    Joined: May 15, 2009
    Posts: 3,877

    Ned Ludd

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  19. buffaloracer
    Joined: Aug 22, 2004
    Posts: 783

    from kansas

    Great project. RichFox is correct. Think of a 153 4 cyl turned into a 230 6cyl.
  20. Six Ball
    Joined: Oct 8, 2007
    Posts: 2,936

    Six Ball
    from Nevada

    Saw it on the Specials thread, Thanks. I'd love to hear the thing, I bet it sings.
    In 1959 my dad was taking me around the Feather River country where he spent most of the depression after riding a freight train from Texas. He introduced me to an old guy who ran a "shop" His dad started it as a blacksmith shop and foundry back in the gold rush days and it became a machine shop over time. Any way he showed me a V8 that he had made from two Model A engines. It was in some old truck they used to haul ore to a crusher/mill. I took pictures with my Brownie but have no idea where they are. So glad things like this get built and documented.
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  21. So how are the engines mated- I can see that the oilpan looks like one cast piece, but are the two cranks sleeved together, new crank, etc?

    This is a fantastic build, and has my mind spinning/buzzing with all kids of horrible ideas :)

    Just for fun, here's another one of my favorite Crosley modified engines;

  22. I still haven’t gotten a chance to talk to Bob to see how they’re exactly connected together. I did snap a few more pictures of the bottom of the engine. Also one of where the mag enters the block. I think someone had asked about it earlier in the thread.


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  23. Chris,

    Thanks for the extra pics- looking forward to hearing what he did to mate the two cranks!... and the off-white paint, casting numbers, etc scream of Homlite blocks, so he's up to a whopping 118ci of high-revving fun :D
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  24. rustydusty
    Joined: Apr 19, 2010
    Posts: 1,257


    Aren't those motorcycle carbs? Maybe Mikunis?
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  25. Yea I believe they are.

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  26. pumpman
    Joined: Dec 6, 2010
    Posts: 2,560


    Holy hand job Batman!! This thing is like a Swiss watch, absolutely outstanding. Can't wait to see what you come up with for the body.
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  27. cederholm
    Joined: May 6, 2006
    Posts: 1,613


    DAMN!!! that's beautiful!

    ~ Carl
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  28. drtrcrV-8
    Joined: Jan 6, 2013
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  29. alphabet soup
    Joined: Jan 8, 2011
    Posts: 1,353

    alphabet soup

    At the risk of high jacking this thread. I have a friend trying to find rod bearings for a Crosley two cylinder engine. Anyone have or know where to get them?
    Thanks, Gene.
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  30. Has this engine run? I'd love to hear it.
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