Build with Allison V-1710 Engine
The only American liquid-cooled engine to see service in World War II was the Allison V-1710. It was one of the most important large U.S. aero engines, with over 70,000 engines produced from the time of the first in 1931 to the last in 1948. The engine was produced for several important fighters of WWII, including the P-38 Lightning , P-39 Airacobra, P-40 Warhawk, P-51A Mustang, P-63 Kingcobra, P-82 Twin Mustang and the Consolidated XA-11A, an experimental attack version of the Consolidated P-25. Allison was an Indianapolis firm that had done well in a small way with Liberty modifications and with reduction gears for others' engines. Allison became a part of general motors in 1929, and the firm today remains a GM component as Detroit Diesel Allison Division.
I used the GMC Van for a start because I car pooled with an electrician for 10 years and it was a wonderful time. The electrician is the brother of Max Simson of tractor pulling fame. His whole family are geniuses and every time I sit in the seat I will remember all the good times and technical discussion we had.
Why am I doing this?
1. I love engines, The bigger the better.
2. I want to be the guy that anyone who sees this car at a show will never forget.
3. As a retired pipefitter who very seldom got to use his talents and abilities at work, I get to use them now.
4. After riding in a B17 bomber and when they started the first engine a smile started on my face that did not leave for over a week.
5. How much fun it will be to give people rides. 6 Because
6. 1 % for all those folks who said “ It will never work” “you will never succeed” “ why don't you sell that junk before it is not worth anything” ect. Know anyone like that?
The next project will be the t-53 lycoming turbine engine. I am thinking of a T-Bucket, but that may change. (not much body work). After that I have 3 more Allison engines and am considering building a replica of one of E J Potter’s drag cars, but who knows. When I get this all done I am sure I will dream up something else to do. P. S. If you had a chance to drive caddzille or my car witch would you choose?
|Thank you Tom! Just keep us posted on the progress.|