|Don's Sedan parked in front of the shop April 2012. Later that day he would be fighting for his life after a horrible car accident. Though Don has made a miraculous recovery, for which we are grateful, his sedan was a total write off.|
|The crown jewel of the build was a Cragar blown full race 1955 Mercury Y-Block.|
|view of the extensive work done to the heads.|
|Light carbon dusting on top of the pistons. Engine turns freely and shows no signs of wear or failure. A full rebuild is in order to verify specs, but the initial mock up was pretty satisfying.|
|The original installation kit for the Cragar Blower was included in the parts that came with the car.|
|Three Stellings and Hellings air cleaners still in the brown paper bags from the parts store. The three 97 Stromberg set up receipts were there, but the Intake and Carbs are long gone in favor of the Cragar blower.|
|Vertex Magneto with built sheet were never installed.|
A local customer came in yesterday and sold off all of the vintage hop up parts that he bought new in 1958. The Edmunds heads and Edmunds Intake were purchased from Sears and Roebuck. The other pieces were bought by way of mail order catalog from Warshawsky & Co in Chicago IL. Mr. Monroe even had the original receipts and promo literature from Warshawsky's. The heads and Intake were mocked up, but never run. The rest of the lot was never even mocked up. It's a really great piece of history.
Jack bought the Intake complete with 2 Stromberg 97's and linkage in 1958, but gave one of the carburetors to a friend in need in the 80's. Apparently his friend is still running it to this day.
Fenton Chrome acorn nut covers, chrome fuel pump stand, chrome regulator cover and generator cover were there for a little flash. Not pictured is the chrome upper radiator hoses sold as a kit by Warshawsky & Co. Even the water pumps were chromed. There was even a temperature sending unit for the Edmunds heads. Not pictured are the headers and chrome plug wire covers. This set up was ready to hit the road.
Note how the lower row of the Edmunds heads steps down like an OEM Ford or Mercury head. This allows you to use the original studs unlike other speed equipment of the era. This was done primarily for ease of installation. Eddie Edmunds wanted to increase power and fuel mileage for the average driver not just the hot rodders of the day.
.060 high done Pistons on reconditioned rods were built and ready to install.
And what is a performance engine without Johnson's Hollow body Lifters. The cam was long gone by the time this set up got here.
Early Aluminum flywheel, with some distinct markings. Any information would be greatly appreciate. One source says Eddie Meyer and another says Shieffer flywheel. I'm hoping that Doug Clem will chime in and set the record on the Eddie Meyer advice. I believe that the squiggle was misidentified as a boat rather than a belly tanker or stream liner.
Either way it's a really neat bunch of parts to come to the shop. We are excited enough to build an engine around these parts. It just seems right to keep it all together considering that it has all been together since 1958. It would be a shame to separate them now. And even more of a shame if they never hit the road like they were supposed to all of those years ago. And who knows once we have an engine we will have to discuss the rest of the car. hmm...