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Hot Rods what type of vehicle this is?...

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by shanepietsch, Aug 15, 2018.

  1. Desmodromic
    Joined: Sep 25, 2010
    Posts: 571


    Rears are MG Midget. Fronts look pretty much generic, are a bit wider, maybe Chevvy Monza or other GM sisters (Skyhawk, Sunbird, Starfire). All had the same 4-bolt 4" bolt circle, as did some of the smaller Japanese cars.

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  2. Rich S.
    Joined: Jul 22, 2016
    Posts: 296

    Rich S.

    I’ll be ready for that question the next time I play Trivia.

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  3. Rusty O'Toole
    Joined: Sep 17, 2006
    Posts: 9,608

    Rusty O'Toole

    You may lose your trivia game, Chrysler Imperial offered disc brakes in 1949 same year as Crosley. The Chrysler used Ausco-Lambert brakes which were very efficient, but very expensive to make. They were completely different from modern disc brakes. So on that score Crosley would win as their Bendix brakes were more like today's. Unfortunately they were designed for airplanes and tended to freeze up and rust up on cars.
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  4. dwollam
    Joined: Oct 22, 2012
    Posts: 1,564


    Around 1965 there was a fella in North East Missouri running a Crosley station wagon on the circle track in either Memphis MO or maybe Kirksville MO, maybe both, can't remember for sure. Had a small block chevy in it. He then started racing at another track that didn't allow station wagons so he put a sedan body on it. He was originally sitting not far ahead of the tail gate so things got real tight with the sedan body!

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  5. slowmotion
    Joined: Nov 21, 2011
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    Fronts are Vega wheels. Take it from a victim ,best part of the car....
  6. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
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  7. Flinttim
    Joined: Apr 30, 2011
    Posts: 88

    from Indiana

    Actually, the Crosley brakes were Goodyear / Hawley and were made of aluminum so they didn't rust.The problem was brake fluid's tendency to draw moisture and that caused pitting on the aluminum insides.I have rebuilt several using stainless steel pistons and liners and the work quite well.
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  8. 1949 "Nern" with a cross country carburetor, we had a purple one when I was a kid 40 Cu In of fire breathing overhead cam madness. put a piece of pipe where the muffler use to be had a rap like 3 lowrider Chevys. HAHAHahahah!!!!
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  9. Ned Ludd
    Joined: May 15, 2009
    Posts: 4,279

    Ned Ludd

    4 on 4" is quite a rare bolt pattern. I know because it's the pattern on my Morris Minor, and I know how few other wheels will bolt up. American Minor fans have been known to run Vega/Monza 13" wheels. Elsewhere, 13" Vauxhall Viva wheels will work but 12" Viva wheels are visually too small. So, obviously, are 10" Mini wheels. I don't know any commonly available Japanese cars which use that pattern. That is why hub conversions giving different bolt patterns (usually Ford 4 on 4¼"/108mm) are a thing in the Morris Minor world.
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  10. 283john
    Joined: Nov 17, 2008
    Posts: 850


    I see a Crosley every year at the Newport Hill Climb that runs white-spoke trailer wheels and tires.
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  11. typo41
    Joined: Jul 8, 2011
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    Member Emeritus

    I knew them wheels were Furrin' once I saw the cat,,,,,,,,,
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  12. Bruce Lancaster
    Joined: Oct 9, 2001
    Posts: 21,682

    Bruce Lancaster
    Member Emeritus

    Well, my ID was apparently in error...but the vocabulary here is indicative of the range of knowledge on the HAMB!
    How many online car board have members who can use terms like desmodromic, give wheel interchange info on the Minor, or swing the crank on a Knight motor??
    I've seen DETAILED tech questions on Tatras and all sizes of Citroens and Panhards answered correctly in minutes on here by our knuckle dragging historians...
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  13. nochop
    Joined: Nov 13, 2005
    Posts: 2,381

    from norcal

    Sport coupe model 97AF91EA-A85C-44B7-A07D-9A9BFE8B40A0.jpeg 766CFE39-1075-4F33-9A50-1EEEAA3B4D87.jpeg
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  14. Sheep Dip
    Joined: Dec 29, 2010
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    Sheep Dip
    from Central Ca

    You have to see one in person to really appreciate just how small these things are.
  15. Bruce Lancaster
    Joined: Oct 9, 2001
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    Bruce Lancaster
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    My first actual contact, numerous decades ago, was finding an engine in a junkyard...I found that I could pick it up quite easily. Then I noted that it had generator and starter that were about the same size that normal cars used in... and THAT was what really blew my mind. Half the engine's weight had to be just the ridiculously large starter and generator!

    Apropos nothing here, I found this page of twilight zone Crosley engine variants:
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  16. pirate
    Joined: Jun 29, 2006
    Posts: 688

    from Alabama

    The Crosley engine was also used as a inboard engine in racing hydroplanes until they eliminated the classic 70’s

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  17. If you stand one on it's back it's not that much bigger than a refrigerator.
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  18. The rears look like MG. I did find one earlier this year that had a 70's Toyota drivetrain, but too much $$$. Then I found the Hillman :).

    GET IT and have fun, I see a Chevy II 153 motor in it.
  19. Ned Ludd
    Joined: May 15, 2009
    Posts: 4,279

    Ned Ludd

    It's not really that small in international terms. It's only about 3" shorter than my VW Golf Mk1, or 5" shorter than my Morris Minor. It's a lot narrower, though. But it's two feet longer than a real Mini or rear-engined Fiat 500.

    I love the way that generation of Crosleys look like newborn '39 Buicks.
  20. NoSurf
    Joined: Jul 26, 2002
    Posts: 4,215


    I have a Crosley engine variant in my 1962 Grady White boat. It is a Homelite 4 stroke outboard.



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