Prehistoric valve timing! Three gears centered between the cam and crank gears, with an idler in the middle. A bar moved the idler in either direction to advance or retard the timing—activated under full power or not. A cable operated a small piston nudged by oil pressure, moving the bar and idler gear. The driver pushed the cable one way to advance, or the other to retard timing. Invented by Ollie Norris while at Offenhauser in the mid-1960s.
After installing the new bolt-in transmission crossmember, and finishing up a long list of small “need to do’s”, I snuck the truck out for a trip around the block. With no plates, just insurance on it, I didn’t want to get too risky. That and being a complete rebuild, I want to take it slow with a few shake down runs before getting wild with her, and I still need to get my engine limiters installed before beating on it too hard. But, it drove pretty good, and wasn’t as harsh with the motor plate as I had been expecting. The transmission shifted great, and the brakes worked just as expected. I can tell the truck will be fun as I did goose it a bit and spun the drag radials a bit unintentionally. I still have a few things I need to get done before I start driving it on a regular basis, such as fix the damn drivers side header gasket that makes it sound like a damn tractor. Fine tune my ignition map to try to help eliminate the part throttle hesitation. Finish tuning the carb now that I can actually drive it. Replace the junk electric cooling fan controller that decided to go belly up a few weeks ago. But, to finally have her back on the road after four long years, it’s incredibly satisfying and well worth it. I still have a ton of work to do, another engine to build, and my least favorite aspect, bodywork. But, it’s crossed a milestone and it feels pretty good!
Still trying to decide what tires to run up front. I am going with 275 Nitto 555r drag radials out back. Read more
When I first created this site four years ago, I never expected it to reach the audience it now has. The very first time I received an email from someone wanting my help, I was flattered and gladly offered my assistance, and to this day, I still try my very best to be as of much help as I can when one of my readers has a problem, or needs pointed in a direction. Whats changed is the volume of requests. I receive several dozen on most days and even more on some. Ranging from simple questions about my truck, casting numbers all the way to custom wiring projects. However, I am burdened with the flaw of being human, and that means often many emails go unintentionally unanswered. I am in the process of really sitting down and wondering whats the best course of action to handle this. I want to see the site continue to grow and become something. But, I don’t want my followers and readers to have their questions unanswered. Cliff Notes: If you have tried to contact me and I haven’t responded, I apologize and will get to you as soon as humanly possible. Thanks for visiting! Brian.