A few issues back, there was a feature in the Vintage Ford about some of the vehicles and the airplane owned and operated by the late Chris Egsgaard. At the end of the article, there was a mention that the Hill Climb car owned by Chris had been located. Well, we have the car and today my brother Steve and I with the help of our dad "Fast Frank" Harris moved the car to my Model T Garage and we are going to start the restoration process
Here are a few photos of the move. We have a lot of additional parts and "goodies" to really make this vehicle go.
Stay tuned for more...
Is this one going to get the two up two down motor?
Royce: This Frontenac is sitting on the stand right next to it ready to go in...
what is the duel distributor from?
Mercer we've been told
Or maybe Stutz... I can't remember for sure.
Big $ car anyway.
Bill, Yes that Dual Delco distributor is likely to be off of a Stutz. A few other cars used the same unit and there is als a six-cylinder version.
Bill, Yes that dual Delco is likely to be from a Stutz. A few other cars also used the same unit. A six-cylinder version was also produced. GREAT project.
Are you going to reinstall the giant megaphone exhaust?
When the car was at the hill climb it had a Rajo head on it. The exhaust is proof of this, exiting from the left side. If your going to restore it, why the SR?
I believe the car was constantly rebuilt by Chris depending on his mood, appearing in different "experimental" forms over those years.
Good observations! We have three engines to choose from. The Frontenac is the most flashy of course. You may also notice that the car lacked any rear suspension. We're looking at making a drivable car. Not just a straight line hill climber. The body will need some slight modification to allow for a rear spring.
Here's a snap of Chris in his later years at Reseda wearing his King of the Hill crown. I remember the blue car body was hanging from the rafters in his barn at the time. I think this body is aluminum.
Today's project: My Dad & I are going to get tires for the 20" Buffalo wheels and change out the "rollers" that are on the car now. Hopefully, we'll also get the body moved forward on the frame... Stay tuned for more progress
We made some progress today. The buffalo wheels are cleaned & re-painted black. New tubes & tires were purchased. Time ran out to get them installed.
Yes it was in the rafters when we purchased it from Chris
What kind of wheels are on the car in the b&w photo? They look far to wide to be T wheels. This car is absolutely beautiful!
We have some British wire wheels & hubs in our collection of parts. It may have been a later Ford rim on the back and a British wire wheel in front... Not sure.
The car was run in various configurations over the years. We're trying to put together a vintage racer... Not just a straight line hill climber. The Buffalo wheels seem like a good period correct choice.
very cool. I cant wait to see how it turns out! beautiful car.
Some progress today:
My brother Steve came over & we got the bearing races all installed in the Buffalo hubs. Then we mounted all four 20" new Firestone tires on the rims.
Next step will be to install the hubs...
What size and make are the spark plugs in the Fronty engine?
Ken: The Frontenac has eight AC Commercial C86 Spark Plugs currently installed. That's how we got it. We have not run the engine... no report on how well they work.
Thanks Bill ! Ken.
Ed in California . . . . When we got the car from Chris just six weeks before he died it had the spaghetti headers on it as when it ran the hill climb with the fastest ever time up Shell Hill. My buddy Howard Genrich hid them from me and put the megaphone exhaust in the pile because he likes showmanship and not performance. I couldn't find the correct headers and they were lost when Mr. Woo had his estate sale.
One year the car was painted orange and had the silly megaphone that only made noise and not speed and the next year it had the Spaghetti headers with equal length tubes and won the King of the Hill trophy with the fastest time ever up Shell Hill. At that time it was painted the blue color now on the body but you can see the orange paint bleeding through on the masking tape borders. It is the very same car.
We are trying to make the car street legal and easy to drive and have two engines. We already have over $25,000 invested in that BBR RAJO engine and if we ever sell the car it will be offered for sale in two configurations. One With the original BBR RAJO and the other with the SR Frontenac.
Speed and fame are both expensive ;~) Fast Frank
Keep up the good work Frank. looking good!
I'm just starting to get into some more on the twin SR Fronty after a long break renovating the house. (our house sold after 3 days on the market)
Feels good to be back doing the thing i like the most, working on Frontys.
I repaired the DO Fronty inlet I got from you and fitted it to the rebuilt engine. thanks again for helping me out.
A little progress today. I installed the front hubs and 20" Buffalo wheels. Now for the backs...
To end this thread for 2014, here's a shot of how the progress has gone to date. All four Buffalo wheels on the car. Still need to fit the radiator and install the body properly.