Thread: Building A looper Beast

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    Quote Originally Posted by R Austin View Post
    Gene
    I had forwarded a copy of that pic to Paul asking who might have had a 6 looper from the Chicago area built for them, In 68 there had not been many made. It seems like his family had a business called Thermo something. The individual looking at the motor was his or part of his pit crew.
    Did anyone in the Chicago area other than Michilini[sp] have a 6 Looper?

    Bruce

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    Bruce
    I know that this was not Joe. This individual was in his twenties or early thirties at the time. Glad to hear that you are doing well. With your rebuilt pumper, you should be ready to hit the circuit again. I will post some up dates on the project soon. Just been milling on ports. Time consuming.

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    Default I agree with Gene............

    Quote Originally Posted by Gene East View Post
    Dick,

    Do you remember who the boat with the high fairing belonged to. Also the picture didn't come through real clear on my computer. Is that Tim Chance eye balling it? If so, I guess we all were younger back then!

    As always, best of luck with this project.


    I was around Tim Chance quite a bit in that time frame, and like Gene, think that is him.

    To confirm the owner of the boat, Tim could probably help, as he was also publishing Hydroplane Quarterly during that time, and was always interested in out of the ordinary boats and engines, possibly as towards writing an article or picture in the magazine.

    He is a member both here and Hydroracer I believe and am surprised he has not chimed in yet on this question. Perhaps to get to the bottom of the boat ownership question you might PM him here or on Hydroracer, refer him to this thread, and ask him?

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    Like I said before, this cutting of a block from billet is time consuming. It is either getting old or I am running out of gas. Added a few more pic of the porting which I am sure is becoming boring, but will continue to add. Hope by the end of this weekend to be ready to start the finish boring for the steel sleeves. I have started the casting patterns for the exhaust elbows. The Quincy elbow is not large enough through the mating outlet for the size of the exhaust port.

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    Rich:

    The block is looking GREAT! All you have to do is quit early once in a while and have a little JACK or the drink of your choice. Those boring jobs can drive a man to drink. What really makes a job like that possible is the fact that it's a work of love. Keep up the good work.

    Bruce

    P.S. I've had sore shoulders for a few years and in the exercises in my therapy classes they seem to be getting worse. Went to the orthapedic guy and after x-rays he says my rotater cuffs are gone and I've got bone on bone. Got cortisone shots for starters. See ya next summer!

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    It does look great doesn't it? But that's the only way our friend Mr. Austin knows how to do anything as is evidenced by the trailer he hauls his 4(count them 4) fully rigged F- Hydros to classic boat shows.

    It would be nice to see a picture posted here showing a close-up shot of the rig in display mode.

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    beautiful!

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    Well the first round of porting is complete. Next round will be to re-cut the port in the sleeves after installation. The port were opened up to create the port flow direction. It will be more obvious as work continues. Laid out the exhaust bolt pattern , drill and tapped. A lot of tapped hole in this block. Ordered sleeves today and talked to Wiseco again. Now just waiting for print of the final piston mods for final approval.

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    Machineing the transfer runners. Just making the block lighter each day. Looks like a block of swiss cheese.

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