Maybe if you have been extra good this year
and have a REALLY BIG stocking .....
Worth every dime. If it was mine I would be asking more. You can barely build a new engine with an overhead, a Scat crank, rods, cam, lifters, etc., etc. plus the carbs and all for less than ten large. I can't afford it but if I could I would buy it and build a car around it.
It`s not off topic at all. That`s some amazing Model T history there! Rarely ever do you find something like that and it`s just for sale. usually when you find it and beg the guy to sell it for ten years. a great price in my opinion. That said wish I had the cash, I could use a little more power in my T!
Thanks for the positive comments. We enjoyed this project very much and put a few dollars in it to do the job right. Very seldom do you have the opportunity to buy a complete and unmolested engine of this caliber with such great history.
The only real concerning thing we found inside was the transmission. Looked as if Joe was picking the bottom of the barrel when he put the tranny together. With the exception of the flywheel, everything needed to be replaced and new bushings installed. More disturbing was the fact the flywheel cap screws were missing the safety wire! Very scary!
Stan, I didn't think to ask when we did this restoration. Do you do Stomberg 97's?
Mark, I only work on pre 1930 brass carbs so I wouldn't have done your 97's. I'm mostly doing rare or at least not so common carbs, about half T and half other. I have an original 1909 Buffalo -- used on only a few of the early 09 T's - here to do. I'm getting more and more oddball early carbs to do. Just got an early Holley in from Germany from a 1905 REO. I'm going to have to stare it for awhile before I do much work to it. It's a mess. It's been "rebuilt" several times in recent years and won't quit leaking and doesn't run well. I just did a Zenith HP4S for a guy in Australia that came out of a junk pile/manure pile at a Nebraska auction. Missing parts, bent and dented, etc. Interesting project. I stared at it for awhile before I started making parts for it. Only one I've ever seen. Just did a Rayfield F and a Stokes (only one I've ever seen other than the one in my collection) I'm getting caught up a little and will spend next week on some that have to go to Holland and Africa and the ones that they said, "No Hurry."
I wonder how many carbs I would have to do to buy that Gemsa engine??? A bunch. I sure do like it tho. Back to the shop, just came in to hit on a couple chocolate chip cookies my niece sent me from Washington. And a cup of hot and black. Up to 12 above. Back to the work, back to work.
Mark - and whoever else - I agree, it's scary to see the flywheel bolts not safety wired, BUT, has anyone ever taken one apart and seen the bolts "loose" and tight up against the safety wires? I haven't.
I'd love to have that engine. Would it fit under the hood of my '22 Coupe?
You have a point there Fred; however, can you imagine what a disaster that would be? Who needs legs anyways?
I love my hot and black also. You keep warm out there Stan!
As I remember the Long Beach hill climb was about 1/4 mile, I doubt they would come loose in that distance. Remember these motors were built to get FTD on the hill, not to last 100,000 miles.
Mind you I would like to see it in Ricky, my little green speedster, but the hood would not fit.....
Tony it'd be a crime to cover that engine with a hood.