Saturday, 9 January 2010
Twin Engined T from Wichita
I was looking at this twin engined T on the NWVS site last night - just blows me away!
This morning I sent the web site fella at NWVS site an email and asked if he had any more info about the twin engined T, this evening he replied with the builder's phone number and some more piccies.
I'm just off the phone to Gary LeFever, the guy's in his 70's runs a 100bhp Rajo engined T hillclimber ( lookey here http://www.autoblog.com/2007/07/30/model-t-takes-on-a-hummer-in-hill-climb/ ) and built the twin motored job a couple of years ago.
The front motor came out of a Model T engined airplane, its got pressure fed oil system and came with the rear of the motor cut away where the prop was driven, so no transmission.
The two motors are joined with a chain connection, then mounted solidly onto a standard length T chassis ( he says it vibrates a bit but it's bearable).
Rear motor has hi comp pistons and the cranks is standard splash feed. The rear motor runs a bit hot so he's plumbed in a small electric water pump to help cool it down run off a thermo switch.
Bodywork was built by a mate, it runs a standard T 2 speed trans no mods, pulls like a train but is no match for his Rajo, hes had it up to about 60mph but hasnt pushed it any further - lots more on tap.
Timed both motors in parallel, four big bangs! says hes tried all the configurations thats wot works best
Runs one carb feeding both motors, says hes tried 2, 4 and 1, 1 works best!
Really cool old gent with a proper Wichita Kansas accent, a pleasure to talk to!