Well after breaking the crankshaft going to Bonneville we finally got the engine re installed with a new crank. The special is getting real close to firing for the first time. I ended up redoing the whole engine again as the fuel system. Changed the hokey NAPA fuel pump out to a 12 v Autopulse fuel pump and Filto-reg fuel pressure regulator. Ended up redoing some of my welds as they kinda looked a little on the weak side. Also pulled the old harness we quickly installed and made up a new one. Basically refined the looks of the car a little more to make it look better and more appealing then a down and dirty build which we did for our trip.
Our new refreshed engine bay....
Didn't like just a shop capfor the radiator and original oil cap so made my own and added a MotoMeter as well....
Here's the Special rolling down I-84 east bound just before the Crankshaft gave up the ghost.
It's getting there ever so slowly.
What did you install for a "new crank" ?
Chris - Looks great! Only thing is, with that particular moto-meter, you're gonna' get tired of telling everyone who asks,......."no, it's NOT really a Mercer....it just looks like one". (......and it sure does!)
In reference to Steve's question, I'm guessing Scat,.....right?
Well harold there is a story behind that cap and why the car so closely resembles a Mercer. My Dad used to tell about ride he got in one down in Reno at Harrah's. One of Harrah's restoration shop mechanics gave him a ride the 1913 Mercer that is still in the collection. During the ride they did a 4 wheel power slide in it coming up a freeway on ramp. Dad worked for Harrah's back in the 1960's and loved telling that story.
I wish it was a Scat crank. On this truckers salary I had to go with a real nice Double E crank.
That is the nice things about speedsters everything goes, looks good!
Looking good Chris!
Thanks Joe and Mike. We wanted something a bit different then the run of mill speedster.