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by Kevin Pharis
Fri Apr 03, 2020 12:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Improved Akron-Hed sanity check
Replies: 30
Views: 1891

Re: Improved Akron-Hed sanity check

After 6 months of obsessing over this darn Akron-Hed... I’ve finally finished the rocker arm conversion!!! Now to start rebuilding the head. Next stop... hard seats, guides, and surfacing. Then I will spot face all the head bolt pads so the adapter plate has a good surface to sit on. And that should...
by Kevin Pharis
Thu Apr 02, 2020 12:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Improved Akron-Hed sanity check
Replies: 30
Views: 1891

Re: Improved Akron-Hed sanity check

I know that the Roof 16 used a short link to connect the rockers to the valve tips... but just found these patent drawings showing the 2 piece pushrod design used on the A version of the Roof 16 heads 50E421DC-A119-4572-8C97-4E7F9E5EDA26.jpeg 7A6B1148-51EB-4C46-95D2-7C7CB3EDB9BB.jpeg The bummer abou...
by Kevin Pharis
Wed Apr 01, 2020 11:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Improved Akron-Hed sanity check
Replies: 30
Views: 1891

Re: Improved Akron-Hed sanity check

Building push rods this evening... got an ‘ol stock cam and a couple solid lifters stuck in a block as a baseline. Pushrods are made from high tensile steel rod stock, with pressed on hardened chromoly cups. The 1/4” pushrods run in bushings that pass thru the intake ports and upper water jacket of ...
by Kevin Pharis
Wed Apr 01, 2020 12:29 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: The frustration of incompetence
Replies: 58
Views: 2947

Re: The frustration of incompetence

So I have been watching this thread grow in popularity since your original post, and I finally read thru the whole thing. There are a number of good suggestions, a few good stories, and a little bit of thread drift. So I’m going to do my best to keep on topic... You already identified your hard star...
by Kevin Pharis
Tue Mar 31, 2020 7:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Improved Akron-Hed sanity check
Replies: 30
Views: 1891

Re: Improved Akron-Hed sanity check

That sure sounds a bunch easier than my usual way... but pics typically have some sort of distortion and can’t (shouldn’t) be trusted. I have “vectorized” pics in the past, then imported as a sketch only to create a geometrically sound version using the “vectorized” sketch as a guide I know this is ...
by Kevin Pharis
Tue Mar 31, 2020 5:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Improved Akron-Hed sanity check
Replies: 30
Views: 1891

Re: Improved Akron-Hed sanity check

modeltspeedster wrote:
Tue Mar 31, 2020 10:22 am
I am still looking for this cover for my Hal Akron head
That early Hal cover is only about 1-2” deep, and could easily be carved from solid. With that picture and a few well spent design hours, you could have a brand new valve cover before the week is over...
by Kevin Pharis
Tue Mar 31, 2020 5:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Improved Akron-Hed sanity check
Replies: 30
Views: 1891

Re: Improved Akron-Hed sanity check

I considered that logo (specifically the script) design... A LOT!!! And would love to have included some element of its design into my valve cover. But as you can see, ultimately settled on smooth as I wasn’t happy with anything I scribbled down. Besides... I could always carve out another one😁
by Kevin Pharis
Sat Mar 28, 2020 7:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Improved Akron-Hed sanity check
Replies: 30
Views: 1891

Re: Improved Akron-Hed sanity check

Here’s a couple shots of the new keeper groove machined into the 351c valves that are going in the Akron’s exhaust. Also have custom .875” shorter valves on order that will go in for the intake.
by Kevin Pharis
Sat Mar 28, 2020 4:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Improved Akron-Hed sanity check
Replies: 30
Views: 1891

Re: Improved Akron-Hed sanity check

Just about have all the other loose ends tied up, so now it’s time to get the pushrods figured out
by Kevin Pharis
Sun Mar 22, 2020 3:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Improved Akron-Hed sanity check
Replies: 30
Views: 1891

Re: Improved Akron-Hed sanity check

How bout some header plates...?

Not sure what I’m doin yet... so made em outa stainless just incase😉
by Kevin Pharis
Sat Mar 21, 2020 9:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Contact info for John Williams in IA
Replies: 6
Views: 300

Re: Contact info for John Williams in IA

Looks like John goes by Tman12 here on the forum...
by Kevin Pharis
Fri Mar 20, 2020 12:06 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: A dual plug ignition system
Replies: 25
Views: 757

Re: A dual plug ignition system

Les, I’m wondering about the Onan coil...? Is it for a 2 cylinder engine with waste spark ignition?? Or is there 2 separate coils cast into one housing?? Do you intend to add a second set of points to the 009??
by Kevin Pharis
Thu Mar 19, 2020 4:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: A dual plug ignition system
Replies: 25
Views: 757

Re: A dual plug ignition system

I hear Dan at DMC gears does stuff like this... 😉

dmcgears@yahoo.com
by Kevin Pharis
Wed Mar 18, 2020 10:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: A dual plug ignition system
Replies: 25
Views: 757

Re: A dual plug ignition system

I’m not sure that the 009 conversion is “cheating”... but sure is a loooooooot simpler than the other options...
by Kevin Pharis
Tue Mar 17, 2020 12:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Spark Plug adapters
Replies: 5
Views: 301

Re: Spark Plug adapters

I would expect that if the head was originally sold with either spark plug option, there would be more than enough material to support the larger plug variety. I highly doubt there would be a separate pattern just to accommodate the relatively minor dimensional change between the 14mm and the 1/2” N...
by Kevin Pharis
Mon Mar 16, 2020 9:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Improved Akron-Hed sanity check
Replies: 30
Views: 1891

Re: Improved Akron-Hed sanity check

Kinda like a “before and after” pic...
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by Kevin Pharis
Mon Mar 16, 2020 11:43 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Improved Akron-Hed sanity check
Replies: 30
Views: 1891

Re: Improved Akron-Hed sanity check

I have the original exhaust manifold... but my speedster is an outside exhaust kind of car😁. So planning on building a header flange. Header and tail pipe might get interesting with the steering box, alternator, water pump, and shift/e-brake levers all on that side...🤔
by Kevin Pharis
Sun Mar 15, 2020 11:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Improved Akron-Hed sanity check
Replies: 30
Views: 1891

Re: Improved Akron-Hed sanity check

With the valve cover done... all that’s left to do is...; Finalize the push rod dimensions Drill the last couple mounting bolt holes in the rocker supports Notch the rocker shafts for the clamp bolts Drill oil holes in the rockers Rebuild the head Machine new keeper grooves in the exhaust valves Ord...
by Kevin Pharis
Sun Mar 15, 2020 10:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Speedster for only $39,500!
Replies: 17
Views: 1154

Re: Speedster for only $39,500!

All you’ve got to to is turn 4000 rpm with stock gearing... and if I remember correctly bout 3200 with 3:1 gears. Not impossible to do mechanically... but GUTS is a whole nother story!!

I have a feelin the real secret to doin 100 mph is in these “Bosch Magnets”... 😉
by Kevin Pharis
Sun Mar 15, 2020 6:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Where & how much to lighten flywheel?
Replies: 12
Views: 746

Re: Where & how much to lighten flywheel?

I LIKE IT!!!

But... do you have pics of the cut down magneto to go with it???😉
by Kevin Pharis
Sun Mar 15, 2020 3:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Improved Akron-Hed sanity check
Replies: 30
Views: 1891

Re: Improved Akron-Hed sanity check

It’s no “show” polish... but it looks a whoooooole lot better than it did yesterday...!😉
by Kevin Pharis
Sat Mar 14, 2020 9:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Improved Akron-Hed sanity check
Replies: 30
Views: 1891

Re: Improved Akron-Hed sanity check

The Akron has a typical flat bottom combustion chamber just like all the other pushrod heads... and it measures a cavernous 1-5/16” deep. With a stock crank and pistons, I imagine the compression ratio would be somewhere around 3:1. And with the A crank and .060” overbore probably a staggering 3.1:1...
by Kevin Pharis
Sat Mar 14, 2020 2:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Improved Akron-Hed sanity check
Replies: 30
Views: 1891

Re: Improved Akron-Hed sanity check

Turns out that they only take silver backed bank notes... and the heads apparently have been discontinued for a few years!?🙄 :lol:
by Kevin Pharis
Sat Mar 14, 2020 2:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Where & how much to lighten flywheel?
Replies: 12
Views: 746

Re: Where & how much to lighten flywheel?

It’s been a while so the the numbers are a bit fuzzy... but seems to me the stock flywheel weighs 30 lbs bare. I turned 15 of these pounds off, and have been abusing the remaining flywheel for the last 10 years or so... not sure I recommend going this far, but sure makes for a snappy motor!😉 If you ...
by Kevin Pharis
Sat Mar 14, 2020 1:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Improved Akron-Hed sanity check
Replies: 30
Views: 1891

Re: Improved Akron-Hed sanity check

After a couple hundred hours designing and manufacturing the rocker system... all I can do is hope it’ll perform! So far everything looks promising as the head has many favorable design characteristics... 2 in, 4 out, cross flow, valves in line with the ports, and spark plug near the exhaust valve. ...
by Kevin Pharis
Thu Mar 12, 2020 9:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Improved Akron-Hed sanity check
Replies: 30
Views: 1891

Improved Akron-Hed sanity check

This is not the first sanity check for this project... and it won’t be the last. So far every sanity check has proven that sanity has little to do with this project! 😉 The original design; 3179BB4E-AC37-4DD0-94F7-E871504D667A.jpeg The concept; BDAD37A6-7008-4B33-AB35-1083E3F20882.jpeg Up close with ...
by Kevin Pharis
Sun Mar 08, 2020 11:59 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: Wtb riley multi lift set
Replies: 6
Views: 896

Re: Wtb riley multi lift set

richardb wrote:
Sun Mar 08, 2020 10:33 pm
I have a 1915 roadster with complete riley system
What style Multi-Lifts are in the car?? Original? Repo? Valve cover design? And do you have the Riley cylinder head???

Please post pics if possible...
by Kevin Pharis
Sat Mar 07, 2020 8:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Obscure speedster trivia...?
Replies: 63
Views: 4609

Re: Obscure speedster trivia...?

Found some time today to make the base ring for the valve cover assembly. The base ring is cut from aluminum plate in a single operation. Now all that is left to do is bend up a strip of 3/16” x 2” aluminum to match the outer profile. And after a couple hours of welding should yield something that l...
by Kevin Pharis
Sun Mar 01, 2020 11:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Obscure speedster trivia...?
Replies: 63
Views: 4609

Re: Obscure speedster trivia...?

Of course I am expecting nothing short of NASCAR performance... ;) But am willing to settle for comparable performance and reliability to my current heavily modified flathead... only without the detonation and heating issues! I relate the heating issues to the Sherman flat head not circulating water...
by Kevin Pharis
Sun Mar 01, 2020 10:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Rocker Arms Unlimited, Redding, CA
Replies: 10
Views: 934

Re: Rocker Arms Unlimited, Redding, CA

Henry,
Maybe you could better define “total crap” for us? I would be interested to hear about your experience just incase there was something I overlooked in the final product...?
by Kevin Pharis
Sun Mar 01, 2020 10:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Rocker Arms Unlimited, Redding, CA
Replies: 10
Views: 934

Re: Rocker Arms Unlimited, Redding, CA

I had heard negative stories, and good stories too. And there is no doubt I was skeptical going in. But I figured they were only 3 hours away if I had to resort to plan B. I had several phone conversations with them to feel em out, and they were friendly and knowledgeable. This project was in no way...
by Kevin Pharis
Sun Mar 01, 2020 6:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Obscure speedster trivia...?
Replies: 63
Views: 4609

Re: Obscure speedster trivia...?

You can tell I’m loosin my mind not having the rest of the materials for the valve cover yet...🤪
by Kevin Pharis
Sun Mar 01, 2020 6:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Obscure speedster trivia...?
Replies: 63
Views: 4609

Re: Obscure speedster trivia...?

They were flame hardened at the tips, and then bead blasted. I think what you are seeing is a thin layer of oil (likely hone oil) that makes em glisten in the pic
by Kevin Pharis
Sun Mar 01, 2020 4:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Rocker Arms Unlimited, Redding, CA
Replies: 10
Views: 934

Rocker Arms Unlimited, Redding, CA

Rocker Arms Unlimited (formerly known as “Specialties”) has had some mixed reviews over the last several years, due to a change of ownership. And so I wanted to give em a public kudos as a result of my recent experience. I custom designed and manufactured these rocker arms to retrofit my Akron-Hed f...
by Kevin Pharis
Sat Feb 29, 2020 12:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Obscure speedster trivia...?
Replies: 63
Views: 4609

Re: Obscure speedster trivia...?

Back in town now... and found this waiting for me :D
by Kevin Pharis
Mon Feb 24, 2020 9:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Obscure speedster trivia...?
Replies: 63
Views: 4609

Re: Obscure speedster trivia...?

The materials for the rest of the valve cover are ready for pick up... and I’m sitting at the airport not to return till the end of the week...!!! This is gonna drive me nuts!!!!!!!!🙄
by Kevin Pharis
Mon Feb 24, 2020 9:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Front Cover Questions
Replies: 4
Views: 305

Re: Front Cover Questions

The timing cover is not a difficult component to replace later on down the line... once the radiator is removed! ;). I am all for original performance accessories, but feel they should solve problems... not create them. There are plenty of engines running Bosch mags that perform very well and are re...
by Kevin Pharis
Mon Feb 24, 2020 12:21 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Obscure speedster trivia...?
Replies: 63
Views: 4609

Re: Obscure speedster trivia...?

Hmmmmm... in the light of new options... maybe I’ll reconsider 🤔 :lol:
by Kevin Pharis
Sun Feb 23, 2020 9:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Obscure speedster trivia...?
Replies: 63
Views: 4609

Re: Obscure speedster trivia...?

I considered the see thru option at first... but got derailed once I realized how complex the wiper mechanism would need to be... :lol:
by Kevin Pharis
Sun Feb 23, 2020 4:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Obscure speedster trivia...?
Replies: 63
Views: 4609

Re: Obscure speedster trivia...?

The top panel of the valve cover is done... is it starting to look like the picture yet?? 2280C430-399C-4D51-B4AA-BA6350CFBCD5.jpeg 13EC07CF-2BB6-4585-9C6C-959E266DA177.jpeg The top panel has 1/8” of crown in it to combat the “billet” look. I should have made a vacuum plate to suck the cover down an...
by Kevin Pharis
Sat Feb 22, 2020 12:50 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 400 turbo or Jack rabbit clutches
Replies: 18
Views: 945

Re: 400 turbo or Jack rabbit clutches

The TH-400 clutch disks used in both kits are designed for heavy duty and racing use. The “waffle” reliefs in the friction material serve several purposes; 1) Allow additional oil flow thru the clutch pack to lubricate and cool 2) Decrease clutch surface contact area to increase effective pressure a...
by Kevin Pharis
Fri Feb 21, 2020 12:06 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Speedster modifications contest
Replies: 19
Views: 1156

Re: Speedster modifications contest

I would rather have all the cool period speed parts taken off shelves and run. Way too many good pieces languish because, for some people, it is enough to say they have them Andy I’m with you Andy...! No matter how many thousands of hours (and dollars) it might take to bring some these really neat ...
by Kevin Pharis
Wed Feb 19, 2020 11:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Bendix bending the stake washers?
Replies: 5
Views: 451

Re: Bendix bending the stake washers?

I always resort to channel-loc pliers for this job. Roll the tab down as you squeeze... easy work!
by Kevin Pharis
Wed Feb 19, 2020 4:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Speedster modifications contest
Replies: 19
Views: 1156

Re: Speedster modifications contest

I’ll take the first shot, and say that yur front axle is not modified...!

Cuz there is no way yur goin to modify the special Mercury dropped axle! But I guess the aftermarket axle is kind of a modification to the original chassis...? So guess I’ll keep noodling...
by Kevin Pharis
Mon Feb 17, 2020 7:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: 30 x 3 1/2 clincher ID
Replies: 7
Views: 564

Re: 30 x 3 1/2 clincher ID

There are a handfull of metric size rims out there too... and dare I mention... a few poor reproductions!🤭
by Kevin Pharis
Sat Feb 15, 2020 4:54 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: Buffalo Wire Wheels - New and Rebuilt
Replies: 12
Views: 2264

Re: Buffalo Wire Wheels - New and Rebuilt

To the top!
by Kevin Pharis
Sat Feb 15, 2020 1:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Sacramento laws
Replies: 18
Views: 1537

Re: Sacramento laws

Life here in Suc-a-tomato really isn’t that baaaad... the secret to having too many ridiculous laws is knowing that there is a law to contradict or undermine every other law. And no matter what you’re doing, there is always a permit required! Even when what you’re doing isn’t allowed by a permit... ...
by Kevin Pharis
Fri Feb 14, 2020 10:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Obscure speedster trivia...?
Replies: 63
Views: 4609

Re: Obscure speedster trivia...?

Been “plugging” away at the spark plug adapters. Found these 10mm thread spark plugs with over 1” of reach. Needed the long reach to be able to extend the electrode down into the combustion chamber, rather than being recessed up in a hole. A6D62DD5-0ED0-4E92-93E8-80446E8EA525.jpeg 0CA553E1-B6D8-4326...
by Kevin Pharis
Thu Feb 06, 2020 10:59 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: External Oil Pump Plumbing
Replies: 3
Views: 403

Re: External Oil Pump Plumbing

A couple of pics...
by Kevin Pharis
Wed Feb 05, 2020 11:46 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: Buffalo Wire Wheels - New and Rebuilt
Replies: 12
Views: 2264

Re: Buffalo Wire Wheels - New and Rebuilt

To the top!
by Kevin Pharis
Tue Feb 04, 2020 10:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Mystery Crankshaft
Replies: 12
Views: 1246

Re: Mystery Crankshaft

I am fuzzy on the details, but that kinda looks like a "Joe Morris" (?) crankshaft. I have one in my speedster, but it has been over 25 years since I've seen it (fortunately). I hear they have problems. Hope others will chime in with better info. I think Joe resided somewhere in the California Sier...
by Kevin Pharis
Sun Feb 02, 2020 2:08 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Obscure speedster trivia...?
Replies: 63
Views: 4609

Re: Obscure speedster trivia...?

Lookin better yet?
by Kevin Pharis
Sat Jan 25, 2020 9:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Updated; Overland reed type Tillotson. Might be going on my T at some point.
Replies: 4
Views: 292

Re: What Tillotson do I have here or is it? Might be going on my T at some point.

Here’s an old thread bout the downdraft version. You may reach out to the OP about his experience with the reed venturi carbs

http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/82 ... 1520053967
by Kevin Pharis
Sat Jan 25, 2020 9:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Updated; Overland reed type Tillotson. Might be going on my T at some point.
Replies: 4
Views: 292

Re: What Tillotson do I have here or is it? Might be going on my T at some point.

I once had a similar design down draft version of this carb that had 1915 patent date on it. Turns out it belonged on a ‘20ish track dozer of some sort. Found this out from an avid tractor collector, who also reported that that the reed style venturi carbs were great at idling... and nothing more!
by Kevin Pharis
Wed Jan 22, 2020 8:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Parts or chips...???
Replies: 11
Views: 1008

Re: Parts or chips...???

Hey Mark, this plate will bolt down on top of an Akron OHV, and support a custom rocker arm system

Here is a pic of the 3D assembly
by Kevin Pharis
Sun Jan 19, 2020 9:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Parts or chips...???
Replies: 11
Views: 1008

Re: Parts or chips...???

Looks pretty good after a bit of cleanin up!
by Kevin Pharis
Sun Jan 19, 2020 7:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Parts or chips...???
Replies: 11
Views: 1008

Re: Parts or chips...???

Good eye Bruce!

Looks like a mess now, but...
by Kevin Pharis
Sun Jan 19, 2020 6:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Parts or chips...???
Replies: 11
Views: 1008

Parts or chips...???

Sometimes I forget if I’m making parts or chips...??? I think there’s a part in there somewhere...🤔
by Kevin Pharis
Sat Jan 18, 2020 10:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: LEDs when turned off
Replies: 23
Views: 1963

Re: LEDs when turned off

The fluted lenses don’t hide much...
by Kevin Pharis
Thu Jan 16, 2020 10:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Wheel adapters
Replies: 6
Views: 567

Re: Wheel adapters

5 inch thick should do it just fine... you may want to start advertising for some wide track fenders to go with em tho... 😉
by Kevin Pharis
Fri Jan 10, 2020 11:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Adding Model A crank to T engine early ideas
Replies: 13
Views: 1074

Re: Adding Model A crank to T engine early ideas

What about reducing the diameter of the mains to approx 1.4995 and use the heavy duty caps with thicker babbitt? I am not seeing a lot of meat in that area in the block to remove. Some blocks do end up pretty thin. If my rememberer is workin right... the center main tends to get the thinnest. Grind...
by Kevin Pharis
Wed Jan 08, 2020 9:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Frontenac Rocker Arms
Replies: 24
Views: 1152

Re: Frontenac Rocker Arms

I know that Rocker Arm Unlimited (formerly Rocker Arm Specialty) makes billet rockers to fit the A overheads... and know they have done T’s too. Might be worth the call...?
by Kevin Pharis
Tue Jan 07, 2020 12:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Transmission safety wire
Replies: 6
Views: 657

Re: Transmission safety wire

The only hardware you can reach thru the transmission inspection cover is the 6 driven plate bolts, and the clutch finger screws.

The driven plate bolts can be wired thru the cover (suggest wiring in pairs). The clutch finger screws take cotter pins, and also can be done thru the access cover
by Kevin Pharis
Mon Jan 06, 2020 9:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Frontenac Rocker Arms
Replies: 24
Views: 1152

Re: Frontenac Rocker Arms

Y block rockers are simply one suggestion. You don’t have to go the easy route... Could always make what you need from scratch 😉
by Kevin Pharis
Sun Jan 05, 2020 8:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Obscure speedster trivia...?
Replies: 63
Views: 4609

Re: Obscure speedster trivia...?

Another fit check... so far so good!👍
by Kevin Pharis
Sat Jan 04, 2020 7:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Obscure speedster trivia...?
Replies: 63
Views: 4609

Re: Obscure speedster trivia...?

Here is a shot of the latest design revision to the adapter plate... was hoping to make the plate appear a bit less “billet” 😬
by Kevin Pharis
Sat Jan 04, 2020 7:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Obscure speedster trivia...?
Replies: 63
Views: 4609

Re: Obscure speedster trivia...?

Do you have a 4x8x20 block to mill the valve cover? Andy Don’t be ridiculous!! :roll: Would only need to be 4x8x19!! :lol: Actually, was thinking about milling the bottom edge out of 1/4” or 3/8” sheet, then forming a cover from aluminum sheet. Don’t really want a folded and welded street rod looki...
by Kevin Pharis
Sat Jan 04, 2020 4:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Obscure speedster trivia...?
Replies: 63
Views: 4609

Re: Obscure speedster trivia...?

Hell with the broom!! I’m gettin me a snow shovel!! :shock:
by Kevin Pharis
Fri Jan 03, 2020 7:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Obscure speedster trivia...?
Replies: 63
Views: 4609

Re: Obscure speedster trivia...?

Don’t know if I’ll get to it this weekend... but here’s a before photo
by Kevin Pharis
Tue Dec 31, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model T engine with Model B Crank
Replies: 30
Views: 1634

Re: Model T engine with Model B Crank

Les Schubert wrote:
Tue Dec 31, 2019 6:24 pm
I have a set of the cast aluminum rods offered for the installation of the A crank in a T block. Anyone with experience with these?
Original accessory rods? I’ve seen the “Aluminite” rods from way back when, but all have been T replacement. And usually in sets of three...?! :?
by Kevin Pharis
Tue Dec 31, 2019 6:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model T engine with Model B Crank
Replies: 30
Views: 1634

Re: Model T engine with Model B Crank

The rods pictured above are compressor rods for sure... can’t confirm the “Smiths Motor” part, as I’ve only ever heard them referred to as “compressor” before. Most cut and welded “hybrid” rods I have seen, have had reinforcement plates add to stiffen the weld area. I don’t have any pics to prove it...
by Kevin Pharis
Tue Dec 31, 2019 11:03 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Forklift rods
Replies: 2
Views: 496

Re: Forklift rods

Any chance you’re thinkin of the air compressor rods? Not sure what make they were... but basically an A rod with a T wristpin. Don’t know what piston was needed when installed in a T motor
by Kevin Pharis
Mon Dec 30, 2019 8:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Another Columbo cross drive magneto question, crankcase ventilation ??
Replies: 10
Views: 412

Re: Another Columbo cross drive magneto question, crankcase ventilation ??

I seem to remember the Columbo breather cap as an iron casting with little or no machine work other than the screw... may not be “good” crankcase ventilation, but certainly a far cry from a “good” seal

You could always make a fluted spacer for the filler cap to allow more breathing...?
by Kevin Pharis
Sat Dec 28, 2019 11:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Obscure speedster trivia...?
Replies: 63
Views: 4609

Re: Obscure speedster trivia...?

I’m just starting out with FeatureCAM... it’s my first experience with AutoDesk products. It’s been a bit of culture shock! I have looked over Fision360 some, and it is similar to FeatureCAM as they are both AutoDesk products... but COMPLETELY different workflows! Fusion360 is a somewhat conventiona...
by Kevin Pharis
Sat Dec 28, 2019 8:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Columbo cross drive magneto questions
Replies: 3
Views: 387

Re: Oil hole Columbo cross drive magneto questions

The biggest maker, the Matco ( Magneto Corp ofAmerica ) used a small copper line that went from the oil fill hole to the shaft, so their method was oiling the shaft automatically ( provided you have oil in the engine), with the engine crankcase oil fog. True that the MATCO plate has an oil line to ...
by Kevin Pharis
Sat Dec 28, 2019 5:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Obscure speedster trivia...?
Replies: 63
Views: 4609

Re: Obscure speedster trivia...?

Which car program ate you using and does it give you a mirror image for the even number cylinders? Andy I have been designing in SolidWorks, and programming with FeatureCAM. I expect that all CAD/CAM softwares have the ability to mirror the design/model at the push of a button... but generating the...
by Kevin Pharis
Sat Dec 28, 2019 12:29 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Obscure speedster trivia...?
Replies: 63
Views: 4609

Re: Obscure speedster trivia...?

Am far enough along now to mock up the first sanity check...

Then got to thinkin... sanity’s got nothin to do with this project!!!🤪
by Kevin Pharis
Fri Dec 27, 2019 8:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Obscure speedster trivia...?
Replies: 63
Views: 4609

Re: Obscure speedster trivia...?

I do have to admit that a more modern mill could have done the same work in half the time or less... but that requires the one thing that didn’t make your list... MONEY!!! ;)
by Kevin Pharis
Fri Dec 27, 2019 7:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Obscure speedster trivia...?
Replies: 63
Views: 4609

Re: Obscure speedster trivia...?

After 4 hours in the mill, time to make some room for the bushings... :D
by Kevin Pharis
Fri Dec 27, 2019 12:33 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: WTB accessory spring bolts
Replies: 5
Views: 365

Re: WTB accessory spring bolts

If you have a lathe, a junk T axle or driveshaft, and a little time... that’s how these bolts came about
by Kevin Pharis
Fri Dec 27, 2019 1:23 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Obscure speedster trivia...?
Replies: 63
Views: 4609

Re: Obscure speedster trivia...?

Kebin, what material are you using and will it require heat treatment? Andy Just so happen to have about 15’ of 3” diameter 4130 normalized steel bar laying around... so what better material to use?! 😉 The plan is to use stock T valve springs, so there won’t be much load on the rockers. I figure th...
by Kevin Pharis
Thu Dec 26, 2019 2:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Obscure speedster trivia...?
Replies: 63
Views: 4609

Re: Obscure speedster trivia...?

Now back to the lathe for the last bit of work
by Kevin Pharis
Wed Dec 25, 2019 7:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Obscure speedster trivia...?
Replies: 63
Views: 4609

Re: Obscure speedster trivia...?

Step two... exhaust rockers!

Start with a big chunk of round bar, then make it a little bit smaller in the lathe
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Then off to the mill to start sneaking up on it
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Just can’t be afraid to make a little mess 😉
by Kevin Pharis
Tue Dec 24, 2019 10:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Trunk lid skin replacement
Replies: 9
Views: 608

Re: Trunk lid skin replacement

Im going to try to say this without sounding too critical of Howell’s deck lid skins... The roadster skin I had from Howell’s was better than nothing, and I was happy to have a head start on the project. But the skin was far from ready to install. The main issue was the complete lack of compound cur...
by Kevin Pharis
Tue Dec 24, 2019 7:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Obscure speedster trivia...?
Replies: 63
Views: 4609

Re: Obscure speedster trivia...?

Finished an early Christmas present for myself this morning. The first of many steps...
by Kevin Pharis
Tue Dec 24, 2019 1:49 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: WTB Orignal AC brake linkage cable type
Replies: 8
Views: 591

Re: WTB Orignal AC brake linkage cable type

Dan McEachern wrote:
Tue Dec 24, 2019 12:14 pm
I posted a version in the other thread on this subject.
https://www.mtfca.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=9046
by Kevin Pharis
Tue Dec 24, 2019 11:05 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Trunk lid skin replacement
Replies: 9
Views: 608

Re: Trunk lid skin replacement

You can always look for (or grind you own) “Brad point” drill bits. These drill points are inverted, with a tiny raised point in the center to keep them on target, and so cut at the perimeter with nearly flat bottom. These drills will easily remove the spot weld area without sacrificing the lower pa...
by Kevin Pharis
Mon Dec 23, 2019 9:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Trunk lid skin replacement
Replies: 9
Views: 608

Re: Trunk lid skin replacement

Not sure bout the coupe lids... but I’m sure they are the built the same as the roadster lids. That is, with the outer skin folded and crimped over the edge of the inner panel. Should not be welded, riveted, brazed, or the like. If you don’t care to salvage the old skin... just hit the perimeter edg...
by Kevin Pharis
Sun Dec 22, 2019 7:51 pm
Forum: Classifieds - Parts
Topic: WTB: Overhead valve head
Replies: 7
Views: 658

Re: WTB: Overhead valve head

Of the many heads available, there were several performance levels... do you have a preference? 1 or 2 intake ports? Cross flow? I don’t imagine you are hoping for overhead cams or 16 valves...? I always had my ear to the ground for an 8 valve Roof... never had one turn up tho. Good luck with your s...
by Kevin Pharis
Sat Dec 21, 2019 7:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Oil pump
Replies: 72
Views: 3191

Re: Oil pump

WOW!! I’ve only dealt with them one time... bout 2 weeks ago. I briefly explained my goofy situation, and they were more than happy to accommodate with the parts I needed. As I understand, they used to be Rocker Arm Specialties, then we’re sold to someone who floundered the business... and then reki...
by Kevin Pharis
Sat Dec 21, 2019 5:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Oil pump
Replies: 72
Views: 3191

Re: Oil pump

I don’t remember the clearances exactly... but .001” radial clearance sounds bout right. Bout this same time frame, I had to braze up and remachine the oil pump for my Studebaker Avanti as there were no repos available and the OEM pumps were more like POS pumps! I’m sure I used the clearance specs f...
by Kevin Pharis
Sat Dec 21, 2019 1:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Oil pump
Replies: 72
Views: 3191

Re: Oil pump

Les, Just as all of these modifications are guaranteed to snowball... my Akron OHV project is no exception. I’ve already begun to build a rocker arm conversion for it, and am trying to plan this project as carefully as possible to prevent stalling out😬 Hoping to find 2 Winfield SR-B or BB down draft...
by Kevin Pharis
Sat Dec 21, 2019 10:58 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Oil pump
Replies: 72
Views: 3191

Re: Oil pump

Bud, Sumping the pan was a bit eerie as I lost the inspection cover... but came to the realization that the motor would simply need to come out if any problems arose. The motor was babbited without shims, so there really is no “maintenance” to be done in there anyway. Knock on wood, the motor hasn’t...
by Kevin Pharis
Sat Dec 21, 2019 10:38 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Oil pump
Replies: 72
Views: 3191

Re: Oil pump

That Cleveland pump was made on my ‘ol Bridgeport type CNC conversion mill. In computer years, it was almost as old as our T’s! I’ve upgraded since (some call it “Millzilla”), to a much more capable and rigid “bed mill” design machine. Not only is it half the age of the ‘ol one, faster, tighter, hig...
by Kevin Pharis
Fri Dec 20, 2019 11:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Oil pump
Replies: 72
Views: 3191

Re: Oil pump

Those VW pumps have great gears in em. Here is a pump I made for a ‘26 Cleveland that utilized the VW gear set. Don’t seem to have a pic of the pump finished...
by Kevin Pharis
Fri Dec 20, 2019 3:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Oil pump
Replies: 72
Views: 3191

Re: Oil pump

Seems to me there was an oil/water pump accessory constructed similar to the one pictured above. Of course there were a couple 3 in 1 (oil/water/distributor) units available too... The trait that bugs me the most is the elevation of some of these pumps. Why design problems into the system...? Get th...
by Kevin Pharis
Thu Dec 19, 2019 11:03 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Oil pump
Replies: 72
Views: 3191

Re: Oil pump

Here is a cross sectional view of the check valve in the pic
by Kevin Pharis
Wed Dec 18, 2019 3:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Oil pump
Replies: 72
Views: 3191

Re: Oil pump

I’ve never come across an “off the shelf” solution that seemed like a good fit. Have seen some as simple as a few strategically assembled pipe fittings. For this motor I wanted something a bit cleaner... and it only cost me dozens of hours...! :roll: If I remember correctly... there is a captured .5...
by Kevin Pharis
Wed Dec 18, 2019 1:34 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Oil pump
Replies: 72
Views: 3191

Re: Oil pump

Les, Not sure if the check valve makes a difference er not... as I’ve never tried without it. But this pump will make pressure after a couple seconds of cranking on a cold motor, and that provides me a bit of security (potentially false) that the countless hours of effort are at least being oiled re...