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  1. Identify Ford Engine

    trimacar is correct. C9VE-A head castings were used in model year 1969-71 Lincoln 460 motors. The block is a 1971 Lincoln 460. The parts appear to be consistent for a 1971 Lincoln motor.
  2. Identify Ford Engine

    By the way, not only are your photos of the intake manifold (which can be bolted to several different displacement engines), and not only are they too tiny to be very useful, but they are photos of the distributor firing order and the date code. To properly identify this motor, one needs photos of the casting numbers of the block and heads. The cylinder head casting number will be between the valve cover and the spark plugs. The block casting number is on the passenger side rear of the block.
  3. What transmissions can I use?

    Your motor used the unique Buick round bellhousing bolt pattern. Few transmissions "bolt up" without adapters and/or significant work. Your best bet would be to find a 1964 ST400 (an early version of the TH400) and leave it in there, but that is a one-year-only trans case, so it won't be easy to find one.
  4. Opinions on Possible Purchase-1963 1/2 Galaxie XL

    Expect to spend $20K to make that a $10,000 car.
  5. Thanks for the heads-up.
  6. Aluminum Connecting Rods

    ^^^THIS!. My day job is aerospace engineering, concentrating in structures. Aluminum has 1/3 the density of steel, but it also has 1/3 the stiffness. For a stiffness designed part, properly designed aluminum and steel parts will weigh about the same. Interestingly, aluminum also has about 1/3 the strength of high strength steel, so again, for a properly designed part that is strength-limited, aluminum and steel parts will weigh about the same. Of course, frequently machining limitations drive minimum thicknesses and sections, which is where the aluminum parts come out ahead. On the other hand, space limitations can often force a design to steel because there physically isn't enough room for aluminum (which would need three times the cross section for the same strength part). This becomes obvious when you look at the big end of AL rods vs. forged steel ones. And as Jack M. points out, aluminum has MUCH lower fatigue tolerance than steel. Drag motors not only have short burst while running, but they typically get torn down frequently. For a long-duration cyclical loading, you need to pay close attention to the fatigue life curve of an aluminum part. Even low loads over a long period of time will eventually cause a crack to start and propagate.
  7. English Wheel Recommendation Wanted

    Many buyers of the HF or Eastwood english wheels have welded on reinforcements to stiffen them up. As noted, rigidity is the most important requirement. You can probably buy an HF wheel and modify it to an acceptable tool for a lot less than buying a "real" english wheel. The other frequent comment about the HF tool is that the finish on the mandrels and wheels is too rough and need to be polished for best results.
  8. All-GM Show Aug 12, Rockville, MD

    It's that time again. Our annual All-GM show will be held Aug 12, 9:00 - 3:00 at Montgomery College, 51 Mannakee St, Rockville, MD. Awards presented at 2:30 PM. Open to all current and former brands of GM cars and trucks. First/Second/Third awards in each of ten classes, plus Best of Show, Stock, Best of Show, Modified and Best Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Oldsmobile, Pontiac and GMC Motorhome awards. Breakfast, lunch, coffee, sodas, and ice cream available. Tour the Montgomery College Automotive Technology shop. DJ playing oldies. Swap meet spaces available. Our show frequently gets some of the more unusual GM vehicles - previous shows have seen a Cartercar, 1930s Pontiac hillclimber, Buick woodie, Olds Jetfire, and GMC motorhomes. More info and on-line registration at
  9. Collector car preference, per state

    Sorry, but you have no idea whether or not this is "pretty good data". All you know is that it is the only data you have. It's leaps of faith like this that have generated so many bad "statistics" and "studies" that are published today. There is a lot of extrapolation and very little verification or "ground truth". Anecdotal "data" isn't data in any way, shape, or form. There is absolutely no way to know if cars for sale in one magazine is in any way representative of car ownership data across the hobby. My gut says it is not. And don't kid yourself about "catering to the entire collector car hobby". There are far more collector cars for sale on ebay than in any given issue of HMN any more. Of course, this still doesn't prove that cars offered for sale in any way reflects overall ownership trends. I have over a dozen collector Oldsmobiles. None have ever appeared in Hemmings, and most have never been on ebay either.
  10. 1968 350 v8 engine and valve color red??

    Is there a question in there?
  11. GM Diesel Sierra/Silverado Law Suit?

    I'm sorry, but this whole lawsuit is EXACTLY about profiteering lawyers, not the trucks. The fundamental difference between the VW case and this lawsuit is that the EPA flagged VW for violations FIRST, then the lawyers piled on. There has been no such EPA action against GM - right now there is nothing official that says these trucks are not compliant. The complaint even states: This is profiteering, pure and simple. The class action settlement will be millions of dollars for the lawyers and coupons for the class members.
  12. Collector car preference, per state

    Yeah, I was going to point that out also. The Hemmings listings used for data in this "study" are cars for sale, not cars people want to keep.
  13. Collector car preference, per state

    So this is based entirely and only on cars listed in Hemmings. Not exactly a statistically valid sample, especially since the Interwebs.
  14. How to Ship a Fender

    I too have had great success with Fastenal and recommend them highly. As for cardboard vs. a crate, yes the factory shipped these in cardboard when new. The big difference is that when these fenders were new, if one got destroyed in a shipping mishap, you simply pulled another one off the rack. That typically isn't an option today. I ship hard-to-replace parts in a crate. You and your buyer can decide if the cost savings for a less protective container justifies the added risk of damage.
  15. 2017 National Meet

    I'll add that several friends and I drove up Friday. Despite early threats of rain, the weather turned out fine. Saw several old friends and a lot of cars that you don't see at other meets. The 1916 Speedster with the flathead V8 was my favorite. What a spectrum of Oldsmobiles. Nice job on the show.