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Old 11-11-2010, 03:36 PM   #3826
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I'll be John Brown, I was wrong, I would have never guessed when chevy first came out with the V8 OHC.
I'll give everyone else just one hint. The first Chevy OHV V-8 was only in production for two years.

Withdrawn because it was too far ahead of its' time.

Louis Chevrolet was one of the most forward thinking car builders of his day. Chevy didn't respond to the flathead Ford V-8 until 1955 when it became necessary to show some real horsepower to the troops.

Ford's V-8's of the day were terrible compared to the little Chevy's. Too heavy, too slow, poor head design...and on and on. They did sound cool through lake pipes though.

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I would have loved to have seen that race. Come to think of it, I never have been to a drag race and have only ran one fellow on the streets. I had an ole 52 plymouth flathead 6 and he had a V8 56 Ford, I tore him up. He couldn't believe I only had a 6 banger in there.

That 327 was a mean motor for sure and almost bullet proof. I have seen a bunch of clutches slung all to pieces behind a 327.

Keith, I don't know if you ever heard of Joe Lunati of Lunati Cams or not but I worked with him for a while in Memphis, he made some pretty good cams for a while then got sloppy then made a come back after cleaning his act up.

Bud, I usually ran the wood pecker (I can't remember the name either) or cherry bomb glass packs on most of my cars.
Lunati Cams...without doubt one of the better known cam grinders back in the day. He made some really nice sticks for the Chevy. Not quite in the same league as Ed Iskenderian, but then who was?
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Woodpecker logo? How about Thrush...
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Woodpecker logo? How about Thrush...
That's it, man you got one good memory buddy, how did I ever forget that.

If I hadn't looked up when the first Chevy V8 was first made I never would have guessed it, had my chest all popped out thinking 55 and the 265 was the first but it sure wasn't. I wish they would go back to the high compression engines but then the engines wouldn't last as long as they do now days with the lower compression.

A few years back I tried to build out a 350 with the stock 10:1 comp ratio like back in the 60s, the block and heads were such sorry metal it burned the block in between two of the cylinders. The gas today isn't up to the high compression unless you buy AvGas or use a water injector to hold the ping down.
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There ya go!
Would have never come up with it on my own.
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Mooneyes anyone? Do you remember the Bonneville car he built? Do you remember his first name?
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That's it, man you got one good memory buddy, how did I ever forget that.

If I hadn't looked up when the first Chevy V8 was first made I never would have guessed it, had my chest all popped out thinking 55 and the 265 was the first but it sure wasn't. I wish they would go back to the high compression engines but then the engines wouldn't last as long as they do now days with the lower compression.

A few years back I tried to build out a 350 with the stock 10:1 comp ratio like back in the 60s, the block and heads were such sorry metal it burned the block in between two of the cylinders. The gas today isn't up to the high compression unless you buy AvGas or use a water injector to hold the ping down.
If you use the thin metal head gasket you get a bit more compression and they don't tend to blow out like the composite ones do. I think that is the cause of the experience you had.
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If you use the thin metal head gasket you get a bit more compression and they don't tend to blow out like the composite ones do. I think that is the cause of the experience you had.
That could be the problem Keith, I just don't remember which I used. I was told back then if I had use 1972 heads it wouldn't have burned. That don't make sense as they were torqued the same as the 72 heads would have been.
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Mooneyes anyone? Do you remember the Bonneville car he built? Do you remember his first name?
That name does ring a bell but just not loud enough. I am afraid you got me there.
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That name does ring a bell but just not loud enough. I am afraid you got me there.
Dean Moon...all round good guy and ace hot rodder.
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Dean Moon...all round good guy and ace hot rodder.
I looked Dean up and I do remember him and his products, can we say Moon hubcaps and baby moons. While looking him up the first page I saw a picture of an auto parts shop in my old stompin grounds when I was hot roddin.

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...you shouldn't put links like that in here...how can I possibly resist? Now look what you've gone and done. Cost me a good half hour just looking...and drooling...
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...you shouldn't put links like that in here...how can I possibly resist? Now look what you've gone and done. Cost me a good half hour just looking...and drooling...
Sorry buddy, I will try to behave myself next time.
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Sorry buddy, I will try to behave myself next time.
Well Okay then, just don't try too hard!
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I have the very last of the top cedar cut for the highest part of the wall. The final three pieces are glued together due to a lack of backing.

Second coat of finish went on the wall today as well, and I think that will be enough.
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