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Allison engines. What's the differance?
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I have an original copy of: Unlimited Hydro Plane News, August 1, 1957. On the back it lists the statistics on the boats that raced. When they list the boats that had Allisons there are several…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Parker Jones Apr 1.

Vertical fin on Shanty II...
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Hi Guys! I'm slowly figuring out the web-site and this is my first post. Had a BLAST at the Museum!I want to make another vertical stabilizer for Shanty II. The one I have on it now I made before I…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Doug Ford Sep 30, 2012.

 

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Parker Jones replied to Steve Wilkie's discussion Allison engines. What's the differance?
"It really bothers me that Rolls-Royce gets so much credit for their Merlin engines in hydroplane racing. If it weren't for Packard there would be no Merlins in an American boat. Let's refer to these engines as Packard built Merlins, from…"
Apr 1
Steve Wilkie commented on Dale Fugier's blog post The Risk Takers and Record Breakers
"Having re-read this book now, for the fourth time, I want to thank Doug for his effort -and insight - into what it takes to set a speed record on water. It is inspiring to me (now days) that people like Lee Taylor, Jr., Kitty…"
Apr 20, 2013
Steve Wilkie commented on Jim Mesick's event THE RISK TAKERS AND RECORD BREAKERS! A LECTURE BY DOUG FORD
"Only 4 people? What's Up? Have you read Doug's books?  Is there a lack-of- interest in Hydro history?  Doug and Skip J. (Santa). I hope to meet you both.... I'm flyin' in,   Steve"
Mar 31, 2013
Steve Wilkie commented on Jim Mesick's event THE RISK TAKERS AND RECORD BREAKERS! A LECTURE BY DOUG FORD
"YES!!! I'm trying to fly-in on Thursday and want to spend Friday and Saturday gathering more information on Shanty II at the Museum with all the great people there, and then, meet and listen to Doug Ford!!! I can't wait!! (I'm…"
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THE RISK TAKERS AND RECORD BREAKERS! A LECTURE BY DOUG FORD at Hydroplane & Raceboat Museum

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Come to the Museum Saturday, April 6th and meet author Doug Ford and get your copy of “The Risk Takers and Record Breakers” signed by the author.  As an added bonus hear a great new lecture by Doug!He will talk at length of those that tried, and sometimes paid the ultimate price as they chased the Absolute World Water Speed Record.April 6th, at 7PM Free to Members, $5 for Non-Members.See More
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Randall E. Roe replied to Steve Wilkie's discussion Allison engines. What's the differance?
"Sounds interesting, Steve. I've heard the airplane guys lament before but truth be told, they learned from each other and a lot of the boatracing mods keep the planes flying. You put Dixon Smith and Dwight Thorne together and that was  a…"
Jan 20, 2013
Steve Wilkie replied to Steve Wilkie's discussion Allison engines. What's the differance?
"Mr. Roe! I can't Thank You Enough for giving me all this great information. It's just what I needed (and what I thought)! I will find a copy of "Vee for Victory" and will learn all about these amazing engines... and the…"
Jan 19, 2013
Randall E. Roe replied to Steve Wilkie's discussion Allison engines. What's the differance?
"Steve, I'll load you up with some Allison info! As I said before there were  Letter series, but there was a corresponding number too. C series is the first with a supercharger., D was for  "Pusher Prop" planes, E was for…"
Jan 16, 2013
Randall E. Roe replied to Steve Wilkie's discussion Allison engines. What's the differance?
"Steve, if you want to know all the real facts, the Holy Grail is a book that came out about ten years ago called "Vee for Victory", it is the complete story of the Allison engine from start to finish. There were series of engines from A to…"
Jan 16, 2013
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Allison engines. What's the differance?

I have an original copy of: Unlimited Hydro Plane News, August 1, 1957. On the back it lists the statistics on the boats that raced. When they list the boats that had Allisons there are several different versions listed... What are these differences?Also, What did Howard Gidovlenko (Avia-Union) do to Allisons that made them so much faster, back in the day?  Allison - 113Allison - "W"Allison - G-6Allison - 111Allison - 117 Thanks,Steve WilkieA&P, I.A.See More
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"Kelly and I have owned the Shanty II for 15 years now. We "saved it" from a man that was going to scrap-it (see Chapter 8 in "What Were They Thinking?" by: Doug Ford). We have finally met all of you who understand…"
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At 6:44pm on December 9, 2012, Steve Wilkie said…

Kelly and I have owned the Shanty II for 15 years now. We "saved it" from a man that was going to scrap-it (see Chapter 8 in "What Were They Thinking?" by: Doug Ford).

We have finally met all of you who understand and appreciate its' place in Hydro history and can't thank all of you who have helped us!

Our intention is to take the boat to shows, and such, introduce people to the history of hydroplanes and promote the restoration of the U-55 Gale V (3) through donations.

 

 
 
 

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