fredag 28 maj 2010
tisdag 25 maj 2010
fredag 21 maj 2010
torsdag 20 maj 2010
Chevrolet developed the W series, named after the rocker covers that resembled a W, mostly because they needed new engines since the demands in the market pointed att bigger vehicles and more powerful performance. So the exisiting engine alternatives really didnt match the demands of a new and booming market. Chevrolet introduced the small block V8 (265 ci) in ’55 but it couldn’t obviuosly do the job alone.
The Chevrolet 348 was first introduced in October of ’57 as a new Truck engine, but as cars became bigger due to the general trend it was decided that the 348 would be used for cars also.
It presented some new thoughts in engine construction which basically delivered good tourqe all over the range. It developed its - as it’s called - maximum brake mean effective pressure - at relatively low speed giving the driver a powerful and comfortable ride - even if it was in a big car or truck. You now that krusin’ feelin’. Gliiiidin'.
The first engines came in two alternatives, a 250 hp and a 280 hp. Late in ’58 a 315 hp 348 was introduced. The higher hp engines were given high lift cams, solid lifters and a 3-2 barrel carb set up.Evetually the heads were improved and they were fitted with dual point distributors
And in the great american tradition of koool and over-the-top names and brands the different alternatives were given such names as: Turbo-Thrust escalating in the Supert-Turbo-Thrust and with a final climax in the... yeahhh you guessed it! the Special-Super-Turbo-Thrust! Dang I’m blown away - just gotta have one of them!!!!
Chevrolet continously developed higher hp 348 engines through the years ending up with a 350 hp 348, Chevy took a full step and introduced the famed 409 engine in ’61.
The 348 was produced until ’64. But after ’61 it only served in trucks.
And finally a spec sheet I found googleing around...
- Cubic Inch=348
- Firing order=1-8-4-3-6-5-7-2
- Engine Weight=640/650lbs
- Forged Crank=has round flywheel bolt flange
- Connecting rod length=6.135 inches
- Crankshaft mains=2.4977
- Push rod length=exhaust 9.140, intake 8.772
- Push rod diameter=5/16" (all)
- Fuel pump push rod length=5.75 inches
- Dipstick on Drivers side
- Ignition timing=4 degrees B.T.D.C.
- Spark plugs=AC44 (standard), AC45 (hotter), AC43 (colder)
- Spark plug gap=.035"
- Rocker arm ration=1.75:1
- Internally balanced
- All 348's were assembled at the Tonowanda plant.
onsdag 19 maj 2010
Nice FL knuckle crank for sale. real good, trued, balanced and ready to go right into your empty casees. Truett & Osborne flywheels, original con rods and the pistons are std size i believe. or just the first oversizes. I'll check upon interest.
Me ol' bro Fruedo (real bro and club bro...) got the knuck together, fired it up and took a test run. Myself, I'm home in bed with the flu. Sissy ass winer and malingerer you might think, but I'm a man, I'm middle age, I'm sick and it's hell you must understand!
tisdag 18 maj 2010
In 1928 Ford replaced the Model T and the TT, as the truck was named, with the Model A and AA.
The A which is the the car, was the base for the Truck - AA, which rated at 1.5 tons. The truck was available as a Closed cab which basically is with a fixed roof or as a Roadster, what we would refer to as a convertible. Even though Roadster sounds way cooler.
Both the A and the AA carried a 200 cubic inch (3.3 litres) water-cooled, L-head four-cylinder engine that produced approx 40 horsepower, along with a sliding-gear three-speed transmission. We are aiming for a little bit more power than that, though... And some more gears I guess. It came with a one-barrel Zenith up-draft carb and dashed around the roads at a top speed of about 65 mph or 104 km/h as we say here in the old part of the world.
A closed cab pickup sold for about $475 which is not what the price is nowadays... or you could splurge and order the top-of-the-line Town Car and impress your neighboors and spend no less than 14 hundred bucks...
And finally, the model Awas the first to have safety glass in the windshield.
The last model A, as I understand, was produced in march in 1932 when the mdel B was introduced. By then 4 849 340 Model A had been produced in plants in the US, Argentina, Canda, France, the UK and Germany .
How many of those were Trucks I haven't found. But who gives a hoot - we've got one and thats plenty!
måndag 17 maj 2010
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lördag 1 maj 2010
... felt good today. A friend of mine messed up my day good. A bit hung over (only slightly) I open my mailbox and found a message from him that sucked big time. But I wont bore y'all with the details. Instead I'll show two bikes that make me feel good, or at least better. My brother Fredriks knuckle and my pan chop. Not perfect by a long shot, but good enough for us. Give us a week and we'll be fired up and running. Small stuff to do still (as I hope...).