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SAAC Forum Discussion Area / Re: Joe Mannix returns
« on: September 14, 2021, 12:05:32 AM »
Perhaps the Dodge Division paid for the placement.

Good point. I hadn't considered that. Joe got the better car.
Also noticed the hood scoop detail in your photo that I hadn't seen before.

SAAC Forum Discussion Area / Re: Joe Mannix returns
« on: September 13, 2021, 10:20:59 PM »
Great to see other Mannix fans on here!

Thanks for the update. After looking at '68 Barracuda convertible photos, I think the Dart retains a styling edge. Any speculation why they stayed with the Dart for 2 seasons, since the show offered Chrysler a Barracuda showcase?

SAAC Forum Discussion Area / Joe Mannix returns
« on: September 13, 2021, 02:06:37 PM »
Lately I’ve been watching episodes of Mannix on cable, and it offers a late ‘60s/ early ‘70s LA automotive time capsule. 
Offered for your consideration are two vehicles. One is the original Mannix driver, a 1967 Oldsmobile Toronado that someone though would look cool as a convertible. IMO it doesn’t look right even though it was the work of George Barris.

Since Chrysler supplied the cars, the second car of interest was Mannix’s unusual ’67 (?) Dodge Dart GT convertible. Unusual considering that he could have driven a Barracuda convertible. It also serves as an example how subtle custom touches transform a car. The styling was handsome to begin with. Next, a small spoiler was integrated on the rear trunk edge. Add on driving lights, custom wheels, and a Highland Green-like color and Mannix has a car that’s noticed. I think Side-Oilers offered details about the car a while back.

The street scenes offer plenty of cars on view. I wonder if any Shelby’s showed up on the show. BWTM. One episode ended with Mannix driving off in a 1967 Lime Gold Mustang convertible.

Ultimately, no one could have imagined that 20 years later, Carroll Shelby would be hip deep in his bib overalls creating Chrysler performance vehicles. 

GT40 - Original/Mk V / Re: Ford vs Ferrari II ??
« on: August 21, 2021, 01:34:05 PM »
Will they have a scene again where the door wont shut?

Ford GT / Re: New Ford GT to have a V8?
« on: August 14, 2021, 12:57:14 PM »
Of course the Ford GT should have a V8, although the EcoBoost V6 powered GT is very,very good.

GT40 - Original/Mk V / Re: C8FE block
« on: August 09, 2021, 04:22:02 PM »
 The updated GT-40 FIA form dated 68? listed the 4,942 displacement addendum, including the 5.0L crank set (C8FE ??) and G-W heads shown in the supporting photos.
I thought that was to homologate the JWA-Gulf  G-W engine for 68 / 69 seasons??
Were the JWA-Gulf  G-W all dry-deck using the Cooper ring sealing system?
Did they use both 2 & 4 bolt mains block configuration?

Thanks for the details

According to JWAE chief engineer John Horsman, writing in his book Racing in the Rain, Coopers Mechanical Joints developed  a head sealing system. It consisted of a seperate compressible ring inconjunction with an Aero Permanite backing gasket sealing the water passages. Horsman also comments that combustion gasses entering the coolant was an Achilles' heel of the 289 when it was raced at Reims in 1964. As a side note, Horsman adds that in the 1965 season 289 engines continued failing. Ford's tear down report noted that the failures were a complete surprise. Head sealing issues were traced to head bolts stretching.

The ring was designed to fit in a 0.060-0.062-in deep groove machined in the deck face.

During the 1968 season, Ford engine department was working on head gasket failures. Engineer Don Sullivan, along with Don Coleman were involved. Water passenges were sealed off and external pipes carried coolant to the heads. This configuration was used on the Trans-Am cars.

According to Horsman, they put the arm on Wyer to use this system. For Watkins Glen, two engines were built. One had Cooper rings (number 67/18) and the other was dry-deck (number 67/11).

Horsman wasn't keen on the dry deck sealing noting that he had no gasket failures with the Gurney-Weslake heads with Cooper rings. Ironically a dry deck configuration was used in the 1968 Le Mans winning car. It was trouble free partly, he explains, because the race was run in September when it was cooler. Finally at the 1969 Daytona 24 Hours, both dry deck engine blocks cracked.

As for the main cap question, when Ford sold their interest in Ford Advanced Vehicles (which became JWAE) they included 50 Windsor blocks with four bolts on the 2-3-4 mains.

CSX 3000 Series / Re: Correct specs for 427 S/C and full comp Cobra
« on: July 14, 2021, 08:49:57 PM »
Here are the specs published in the first issue of the Marque, the old Shelby American automobile club magazine. It purports to be the factory specifications for alignment on a 427 street car. Obviously lots of people consider this to be proprietary information and I’m not aware of any place that the competition car specs have ever been published. It would just be a starting point in any event but I’d be kind of interested to see what the settings were

I would presume that an S/C would have had default alignment specifications when one was originally sold, so I don't know why they would be proprietary. Would they have been the same as street specs? Also, I would presume that a buyer could request a custom set up or know the defaults, so if he changed them he would know where his starting points were.

The Lounge / Re: Confessions of a Shelby Cannonballer
« on: June 23, 2021, 06:16:57 PM »
What was his finishing position?

1965 GT350/R-Model / Re: Need help rebuilding GT350 engine
« on: June 22, 2021, 12:15:20 AM »

I would suggest ARP head bolts and know they're going to do the job.

Mr. S

Thanks for the linguistic come back. 

"Clotoide" is the only word where nothing is to translate, but when you translate the test it is
going how fast, and on which length, the car can make a 90 degree change of direction

Interesting information reflecting language subtleties. I can better appreciate when you are perplexed by english idioms.

Yet another example that Google isn't the be all end all of knowledge, although you've done wonders uncovering the information you have.

Mr. Sazbo

Great find on a story most if not all US enthusiasts would never have seen.

As for the Italian vocabulary, Google translate is your friend usually:

Headline                                                      Translation

Prova Della Ford Mustang GT 350                   Test of the Ford Mustang GT 350

Clotoide                                                        Clothoid (??)

Cerchi                                                           Circles

Frenata                                                          Braking

Sorpasso                                                        Overtaking

Slalom                                                            Slalom

Prova a Vallelunga                                            Try Vallelunga (not sure Italian idiom is right)

Prova in Salita                                                  Uphill test (interesting performance test)

Another Caravan aspect occurred to me and that's weather, due to the November/December time frame.

Obviously, based on photos, it was mild considering what eastern weather could have been. So it is amazing that weather was never an issue. I looked up weather reports for the following cities:

Nov. 23/ Kanas City: high temp: 62        wind average 13 mph       no precipitation

Dec. 2/ Detroit:        high temp: 45         wind average  15 mph     no precipitation

Dec 15/ New York:    high temp  45          wind average  13            no preciptation

So the Caravan managed to dodge snow, rain, or deep freeze temperatures. Kanas City had a heat wave while Detroit  and NY was relatively cool with a wind chill. Not a big deal for easterners, but turn out might have been reduced. 

Great where details continue. But do we know any whos?

As in who conceived the Cobra Caravan? Was it CS? Was it someone at Ford? Was it the Corbra Story publisher?

Who planned the route and display stops? Did dealers phone in saying they wanted a show date?

Finally, whose's pr budget(s) footed the travel costs?

Great SA historical thread.

Two observations:

Looking at the map, that's a lot of miles driven particularly considering that large interstate highway segments had yet to be completed.

Also the tractor appears to be a 64/65 H-series ( in 65, HT if the diesel was turbocharged). While there was a sleeper compartment, it's not like the units today. Presumably, they stopped each night to eat and rest.

Question: Any clue who the drivers were?

SAAC Forum Discussion Area / Re: Ford Station Wagons
« on: May 02, 2021, 03:33:36 PM »
Great post topic.

My parents had station wagons from 1949 until 1970 when they bought a Galaxie 500 four door.
They were Ranch Wagons then Country Sedans. Interiors were tan, blue or red. All had V8s, but only 292 or 302s and automatic. Ford was the wagon master.

IMHO stationwagon body style is still cool. The last "real" American stationwagon, even though it wasn't marketed as such, was Ford's Flex.

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