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Looking for a Ford V12

As some as you know,  I am a Volunteer with the Vehicle Research Institute of Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA, on their large V12 design project. Their official design goal is for an…Continue

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The Ford's, the Merlins and Maurice Olley

Origins of Ford Aero and Tank Engines, the American Merlin, and the writings of Maurice Olley. Before the entry of the United States in the Second World War, the U.S. had become a supplier of war materials to those countries with similar governmental outlooks. Our then President, Franklin Roosevelt proclaimed that the U.S. was “The Arsenal of Democracy”. One of our major customers was Great Britain, who, for a number of reasons, decided to have their very successful Rolls Royce Merlin aircraft…See More
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"Wow, great photo, got any more? Wish she looked like that today, maybe in about 5 years. She's sitting on the  the original trailer, it is extremely heavy, this one looks  far lighter and nicer. They must have put the later boat on…"
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"I have been wondering when something like this was going to surface. Is this similar to FEA programs in other venues?"
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Another One Saved From The Axe

Two weeks ago, in a some what involved transaction, my much altered and somewhat deteriorated 1979 Squire Shop hull ended up in the ownership of Gary and Christie Laws and I came out of the deal with the totally rotten 1963 Tahoe Miss.While this may seem to be of some question, I have always wanted a round bow Hydroplane. The Tahoe…See More
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"Since most of the boats of the time had manual steering boxes made for open wheel Sprint and Modified race cars, it's likely the steering wheels were from them too. Many of the current racing steering wheels don't look much different, so…"
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Looking for a Ford V12

As some as you know,  I am a Volunteer with the Vehicle Research Institute of Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA, on their large V12 design project. Their official design goal is for an engine for large Trucks and Generators, running on natural gas. However, the other uses that may come up are not lost to their thoughts,  design is for an aluminum engine with 5.75" bore with a 4.5 inch stroke.     In the early 1940s Ford designed a very advanced V12, 1650 cubic inch, Enbloc,…See More
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"Hi All, I couldn't go to Seafair, does anyone have any footage of the Vintage boats there we can look at?"
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The Ford's, the Merlins and Maurice Olley

Posted on February 10, 2014 at 11:44pm 0 Comments

Origins of Ford Aero and Tank Engines, the American Merlin, and the writings of Maurice Olley.

 Before the entry of the United States in the Second World War, the U.S. had become a supplier of war materials to those countries with similar governmental outlooks. Our then President, Franklin Roosevelt proclaimed that the U.S. was “The Arsenal of Democracy”. 

One of our major customers was Great Britain, who, for a number of reasons, decided to have their very successful…

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Another One Saved From The Axe

Posted on March 13, 2013 at 9:20pm 0 Comments

Two weeks ago, in a some what involved transaction, my much altered and somewhat deteriorated 1979 Squire Shop hull ended up in the ownership of Gary and Christie Laws and I came out of the deal with the totally rotten 1963 Tahoe Miss.

While this may seem to be of some question, I have always wanted a…

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