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05-02-2006 05:30 PM The Chrysler Turbine
Or, the Easter Forest Park car show revisited. I said I wouldn't post too many photos of other people's cars here, but this one is worth making an exception for. If you're into cars it's hard to imagine not being able to appreciate this one.

Early in the morning, the ultra-rare 1963 Chrysler Turbine arrived. I believe it is one of just 7 or 8 existing, and I think one of only two that is kept in running condition. This one I think is owned by the St. Louis Museum of Transportation, and restored by one of the guys there. Here is a great webpage if you'd like to learn more about the Chrysler Turbine:

http://www.allpar.com/mopar/turbine.html

This is one awesome car to hear the turbine engine run. It sounds like a quiet jet engine, or more specifically like a vacuum cleaner!

A quick shot of the engine compartment.

Here it is before being swallowed by the crowd.




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04-16-2006 09:05 PM To a "T", part four
(photo 10) The hood and rear body section are installed.

(photo 11) The engine was cranked, it started on the second try, and the car was driven off to loud applause from a crowd of several hundred. (there were bleachers and more people behind and all around me.)

My project took years, but this 1926 T-Model was assembled in less than 15 minutes!


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04-16-2006 09:01 PM To a "T", part three
(photo 7) The radiator is attached, and the body is set into place.

(photo 8) The fenders are bolted on at the same time as the headlight mount bar.

(photo 9) The deck and rear body section is attached.


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04-16-2006 08:56 PM To a "T", part two
(photo 4) Two men forced down on the back of the frame to elevate the front. Another wheeled in the front axle on a dolly as others bolted it on, immediately followed by the front wheels.

(photo 5) The rear suspension was bolted into place.

(photo 6) The rear wheels are bolted on, and the radiator is set in place.


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04-16-2006 08:52 PM To a "T"
But since it is the 'project journal' section, I can't resist showing and telling about this Ford Model T I saw.

I just spent 4 years working on my Cutlass, off and on and inbetween other projects. I should have looked to the Greater St. Louis Model T Ford Club for inspiration. Six of their guys know how to do it. They assembled a car from the frame up--in just 15 minutes!

(photo 1) They started with this bare frame, and parts arranged on the ground nearby.

(photo 2) The large horizontal bar allowed 3 men to lift the engine and transmission, 2 men on the bar, and one man in the front, lifting with the engine's hand crank.

(photo 3) After the engine was set into place, the frame was lifted onto two jackstands centered under each rail, as the engine was bolted into place.



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