Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Very Popular Indeed.

So Dave McNeil walks up to me at the Blowout and tells me he has something for me - I take the micro flim and complete the mission. Hot Rod espionage is so fun!

 55 Ford Popular, 48 Ford Mercury engine, gearbox and rear axel. Engine bored .060" and reconditioned. Alloy heads - otherwise stock. Engine mid mounted rear of dashboard. Drive shaft and torque tube shortened, rear axel bolted direct to chassis. straight pipes from manifolds to rear - no front brakes. "A group of us bought the merc un Matamata and drove it home - we only wanted the engine for another project but project was never finished. Decided to try the V8 in the middle of the Pop - minimal work on engine mounts and extra cross members to fit it in. Interior panels of galvanised sheet metal for firewall etc. Entry via left hand door to ex aircraft seat in right rear over axel. It's only outing was a TVCC quarter mile at Te Kawana Rd in Te Aroha in October 68. best time of 18.3 seconds - a one run wonder - Ian McLeod"


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