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Folks Of Interest Tim McMaster - World Land Speed Record Holder - Legendary Y Block & Flathead Engine Builder

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by trulyvintage, Jan 18, 2022.

  1. Yesterday was an exceptionally good day.

    It ended with a visit to Hanford Auto Supply
    in Hanford, California where I met Tim McMaster
    the Legendary Y Block engine builder who also
    is the Legendary Flathead engine builder.


    A quiet unassuming fellow - he came to work
    in this building back in 1985 and never left.


    Tim’s Dad wanted him to be an engineer
    but Tim liked cars - he took a job while
    in high school in 1985 and parlayed that
    into owning the building and the business.

    Tim is the current land speed record holder
    for a Y Block at 196 mph - having set that
    record at The Bonneville Salt Flats last year.


    So pull up a chair and take a visit with me
    to Hanford Auto Supply - a 14.000 square foot
    building first built in 1907 - listen as Tim explains
    about his Y block race car - see some Stellar Cars.


    Last edited: Jan 21, 2022
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  2. My oh my, that place is fantastic! Thanks Jim, for posting this. I'm beyond amazed. So many crankshafts! Unbelievable! I wish we had "smell-a-vision" 'cause I know that place must have a special smell to it......Don.
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  3. Petejoe
    Joined: Nov 27, 2002
    Posts: 11,227

    from Zoar, Ohio

    Wow. I am speechless.
    Thanks for sharing.
  4. In A Logical Word ….

    Tim should have closed this business
    many years ago.

    The guys that you see in the video had stopped by to get a 350 Chevy rebuilt for a truck.

    Tim was very direct with them and told them if they wanted the best price on that engine then they should order one from Summit Racing.

    They stayed and visited and Tim was kind enough to take them in the back and spend time that wasn’t earmarked for selling.

    What a hell of a guy he is ….

    This is my 16th year transporting to travel to tell stories from the road …

    Yesterday started with my friend Jim in Visalia
    and a tour of his hot rod buddy’s life long collection of parts that he is putting up for sale …

    Jim is helping his friend so I helped Jim
    by shooting a series of videos …

    The last video included a 1934 Brewster
    5 or 7 passenger enclosed drive Limousine
    that his buddy traded a couple of hot rods for about 20 years ago ….


    Neither of us knew what the car was at the time
    but with research and help from The Old Interweb
    I am closing in on what the history of this car is.

    I know how each day will start - but I never know
    how it will end …


  5. loudbang
    Joined: Jul 23, 2013
    Posts: 40,111


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  6. 5window
    Joined: Jan 29, 2005
    Posts: 8,743


    Thanks for the video. Those Brewsters were beautiful cars. 1934/35 was the end of the line for the Brewster. Most were built on a Ford chassis, but I wonder if this one was one of the Lincoln v12s. Any idea about what motor is in it? There's a pretty nice one in Hemming's little museum in Bennington, VT. I don't know of any that have been hot rodded.
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2022
  7. 51504bat
    Joined: May 22, 2010
    Posts: 3,386


    He is without a doubt a class act. Last Saturday he drove from Hanford to Mentone for Tony Huntimer's (typo41) memorial.
  8. Regarding the Brewster …

    I am headed back down to Visalia to spend part of the day helping my friend Jim roll it out into the light so I can take video and pictures.

    We are also going to try to find the body number and the serial or Vin number to compare it against the remaining surviving examples that have been cataloged.

    This Brewster has been out of the public eye for at least 20 years and it very well may be another survivor that was unknown until now.

  9. williebill
    Joined: Mar 1, 2004
    Posts: 2,938


    Fantastic video.
    If I walked into Hanford Auto Supply and offered to sweep the floors, clean up every day, be the shop gofer, and hang out, soaking up wisdom and knowledge, I wonder how much I'd have to pay Tim per hour to watch the magic happen.
  10. Muttley
    Joined: Nov 30, 2003
    Posts: 18,478


    You MUST swing by BT's on Mooney Blvd. and grab a couple of combo burritos. Be sure to ask for extra sauce.

    Here's their address: 1530 S Mooney Blvd, Visalia, CA 93277

    You can thank me later.
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  11. Blues4U
    Joined: Oct 1, 2015
    Posts: 6,457

    from So Cal

    Wow, what an incredible store/shop/collection! I've never met Tim, just see him here on the HAMB and occasionally on facebook (used to see him on Instagram when I would go on there), but he's one helluva hot rodder! Thank you so much for sharing.
  12. Thanks !

    Long day with the 1934 Brewster …

    Just had dinner there - my review:

    “ Recommended by someone
    I had the combination burrito w/ extra sauce
    #2 double cheeseburger combo
    Includes fries & shake - $12 total
    Too much food for one person “



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  13. Muttley
    Joined: Nov 30, 2003
    Posts: 18,478


    I'm living vicariously through you. Their burritos are awesome (never had a burger there).
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  14. Pinstriper40
    Joined: Sep 24, 2007
    Posts: 3,477


    Tim is a great guy, he's the "Ron Swanson" of hot-rodding! His shop is super cool!
  15. tomcat11
    Joined: Mar 31, 2010
    Posts: 217

    from Kalifornia

    Thank you and Mr. McMaster for sharing this. Real neat time capsule shop he has there.
  16. Kiwi 4d
    Joined: Sep 16, 2006
    Posts: 3,237

    Kiwi 4d

    Heck Tim with all the cool spares on hand you need to run yourself through a copy machine to build everything . Awesome work comes from Hanford auto . Everything Tim does happens “Fast”
    Thanks for taking us along.
    Last edited: Jan 21, 2022
  17. stuart in mn
    Joined: Nov 22, 2007
    Posts: 2,115

    stuart in mn

    Did you notice the Ford 9N tractor with a flathead V8?
  18. Cool.....thanks for posting !
  19. Sanford&Son
    Joined: Oct 13, 2006
    Posts: 601

    from Visalia,Ca

    Freighter Jim is a great guy and was a big help in waking up the Brewster, lives to tell the story of cars that may have been forgotten! We had a great time uncovering this car and letting it speak to us!
    What an awesome day!
    Jim AKA Sanford & Son
  20. Tim's shop is the "Real Deal" not like most "auto parts stores", selling trinkets / bling / wax, now-a-days.
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2022
  21. Glad I met you Jim.

    That was a great couple days in Visalia
    and I am sure there will be more to come.

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