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The Magnificent Stuart Hilborn

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Ron Kellogg, Apr 14, 2010.

  1. Ron Kellogg
    Joined: Nov 9, 2009
    Posts: 14

    Ron Kellogg

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  2. great read. thanks for the history lesson Ron.
  3. fordrat31
    Joined: Oct 3, 2009
    Posts: 380

    from Palmer, MA

    Wow really great read!
  4. Asphalt Outlaw Hero
    Joined: Dec 9, 2006
    Posts: 971

    Asphalt Outlaw Hero
    from Dixie

    Hasn't Lattin done a replica of it?

  5. koth
    Joined: Apr 30, 2007
    Posts: 161


    That was a great article, and history lesson. Thanks for sharing it! Wonder where you can find a flathead injection system like the one in the pics?
  6. AnimalAin
    Joined: Jul 20, 2002
    Posts: 3,417


    Wow. Excellent history, great pix. Thanks.
  7. Ole don
    Joined: Dec 16, 2005
    Posts: 2,915

    Ole don

    Those injection units used to hang on the peg board at Western Auto. Someone must have one stashed, - - - -
  8. would be cool if "next month's surprise" was finally bringing the streamliner out of hiding. The original, and the copy, are at the top of my list of favorites.
  9. JeffreyJames
    Joined: Jun 13, 2007
    Posts: 16,612

    from SUGAR CITY

    Such a cool car and reading about it's origins as well as Stu's is incredible. From tinkering in the garage to providing Ferrari and injection unit for the Indy 500.

    The American Dream.
  10. dustdevil
    Joined: Mar 2, 2009
    Posts: 814

    from illinois

    That was a great story. I never knew the history behind the name. Talk about creativeness!! A true hotrod engineer. I love reading stories about history and how things came about. Thanks for the article!!!
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  11. daily_driver
    Joined: Jan 5, 2009
    Posts: 152


    Great story, great pics. When I first read that his first injection set up was in 1947, I didn't believe it could have been that early. Then I realized that they're no discouting for creativeness.-dd
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  12. Thanks for the story and pictures. Great read and what a neat car.
  13. Please dont forget to mention he is one of our boys
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  14. f1 fred
    Joined: Apr 29, 2005
    Posts: 514

    f1 fred
    from mn

    very interesting. I never knew very much about him other than that he knew injection better than anyone else.
  15. Great article, thank you!
  16. ZomBrian
    Joined: Jan 24, 2008
    Posts: 1,143

    from in IN

    Great read. I don't know what's in store for next month, but my head may explode in anticipation if I let the scenarios get the best of me.
  17. At the lakes in 1948, Stu 2nd on the left with hands together [​IMG]
  18. autobilly
    Joined: May 23, 2007
    Posts: 3,094


    Superb images, thanks Mr Kellogg.
  19. yxrancher
    Joined: Sep 1, 2008
    Posts: 13


    [​IMG]The lines on that car, the rake, the big n littles, awesome timeless classic. Thanks for a great read.
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  20. 296ardun
    Joined: Feb 11, 2009
    Posts: 4,410


    ...and a good guy to boot...took a Hilborn unit for an Ardun to Fuel Injection Engineeringt to get it was number 0025, and after it went back into the shop Stu himself came out to see what old geezer had brought it in...turned out it was a 19-year old dumb kid (me), so he stopped work and gave me lots of advice on how to set it up...worked too.....
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  21. Dan Warner
    Joined: Oct 25, 2004
    Posts: 557

    Dan Warner
    from so cal

    Nice story. When Eddie Miller's son Jim(AHRF) help Jim Lattin with the recreation car he used the very same tools and methods his dad did to fabricate the intake.

    BTW: the correct name is Jim Travers, not Travis, as in Travers and Coons.

  22. Gaters
    Joined: Dec 29, 2007
    Posts: 565


    Another great entry Mr. Kellogg. I really enjoy your stories and photos.

    I was speaking to Chuck Hersom of the Hersom Bros. some time back and he recalled how secretive Stu was with is injection system when he was out at the lakes.

    Good stuff, thanks!
  23. kustombuilder
    Joined: Sep 18, 2002
    Posts: 7,754

    from Novi, MI

    Stu's streamliner is still one of my all time favorite cars EVER! something about it's shape and stance just speaks to my soul.
  24. speedtool
    Joined: Oct 15, 2005
    Posts: 2,541


    I'm rubbing my hands together in glee at the thought of your next posting on the Hilborn car - hope it will be a stunner!
  25. oaktree
    Joined: Mar 6, 2006
    Posts: 71


    Great article.
  26. Slim Pickens
    Joined: Dec 15, 2008
    Posts: 3,342

    Slim Pickens

    WOW. Thanks Ron. My Dad served in Mississippi during the War. Wonder if they met. Just great history. Slim
  27. Weasel
    Joined: Dec 30, 2007
    Posts: 6,693


    And Stu is still going strong at 92 years old - an amazing pioneer and living legend.
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  28. flamingokid
    Joined: Jan 5, 2005
    Posts: 2,200


    Back in the late 70's,my best friend and I bought an Olds 442 with a Hilborn unit on it that needed to be rebuilt.I don't know whatever happened to it,but I wish I did.....
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  29. Bearing Burner
    Joined: Mar 2, 2009
    Posts: 937

    Bearing Burner
    from W. MA

    My injectors are #36, Sold new in 1950.
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