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Old 08-31-2002, 10:57 PM
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I just had a vision of a '53 M100 pickup with one of these MEL engines. Anyone ever seen such a thing?


How cool would that be? Hey look! Mel is driving a MEL!

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Old 09-01-2002, 03:35 AM
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The AutoFair is held at Lowes Motor Speedway ( Charlotte Motor Speedway before Lowes paid a couple million to change the name ).It is not the weekend after Labor Day but the next.

I lived in the Charlotte area many years ago and my neighbor worked at Holman Moody. Offered me a job there (machine shop). They took lots of race stuff home with them. Bought some, out the back store some, They were given some.

In 1973 or 74, H/M had a clearence sale. Advertised in the Charlotte paper. A big flea market gargage sale kind of deal. I looked at a SOHC 427, complete for 2 grand. The problem was I did not have 2 grand ( a lot of $$$ in 73/74 ).
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Thanx for the info Deuce!

I remember when you could buy a crate 302 TP or 427 SOHC on a shipping stand from Gratiot (sp?) back in the late sixties for an unbelievable (cheap) price.

As usual, I was financially embarrased...
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Old 09-01-2002, 03:04 PM
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Charlotte Auto Fair
Sept 12-15
I'll be there Treasure Huntin"
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I always liked these engines, good ports, nice size valves, and if you want power steering it is built into the front cover( no belts). The combustion chamber in the block (like the 348-409 motors) creates a few obstacles. You might check a site called "vintage speed", they recently had a N.O.S. factory Tri-power set-up (complete)for around $2,000 (rare stuff is pricey) and some Hildebrandt (sp) valve covers. I've also seen parts occasionally on Dale Wilch's RPM site and in Hemmings. I have a soft spot for these engines and always keep my eyes open for stuff. The cam grinders can grind a modern lobe for you, if I recall a Lincoln engined rail was the NHRA record holder back in the late 50's early 60's and there was a lot of parts available at one time, so you should find what you're wanting with a little looking
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Appreciate the comeback!

They were run in NASCAR as well as drag strips. I have photos of superchargers, etc. ...so know the stuff is out there somewheres.

But of course, when and if you do find it, it will probably be priced out of reality. But I can dream...
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