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Old 03-12-2009, 08:11 AM
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A guess, is it didn't stand for anything. Mabey "D" came after "C" and that stuck.

http://www.ultimatecarpage.com/car/1...Long-Nose.html

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Very good, I said it is a two part, but that is probably going to be too hard.

The floor is yours, but I would like to hear from anyone of you on the Elvis movie. Oh, and by the way, what was the name of the car and why?

I had the pleasure of spending some time with Max, he was a CHARICTOR! Oh my God he was something! He wore (and was buried in) coveralls EVERYWHERE he went! He was a kick!

He did things like having an 80 year old woman customer of his drive the race car to the track, just to twist with the compititions heads that the car was THAT streetable and still would blow them away!

Another time he put some spark plugs in a garbage can and while a crowd was around the car told his mechanic to "go see if there are some spark plugs in the garbage that still have some life in them". Then when the guy found them, "Good, stick them in". While the crowd stood there chin dropped. People thought the white walls were because he was cheap, nope, he had found they STUCK better than anything else he had found.

My brother just sold one of his intakes (a dual four) to a guy with some vintage race cars, he was very happy to get such a treasure.
My brother had a number of Weber, three twos, single four, and dual four intakes of his over the years. I actually have a set of injector stacks of Max's.

Carrol Shelby who drove the car (a later version) said of the Ferrari TestaRosa "They were a beautiful obsticle on the track that we had to drive around".

Max was a one of a kind, the world was a more colorful place because of him.

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The car name - Old Yeller


http://oldyeller2.com/meeting.html

PS: My chrome yellow '76 Ford F250 California Special was named Old Yeller for Max's car
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That is a great story at that link, what a guy he was. He was an awful giving man. My brother tried to get a hold of him and left a message with one of his friends. Next thing you know Max called him and struck up a friendship. He came to Oakland when my brother showed his 22 Buick Roadster and walked around with us looking at the cars. He stopped and talked with anyone who was anyone in cars, he knew them ALL.

He invited us twice to a private car collection in a up scale comunity across the SF bay from us. We have a picture of Max in my brothers Roadster there. He really was a super nice guy, what an interesting guy.

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I guess I "won"!!

So with that said, have a trivia questions to pose. Ford made what was called a "Y" Block (1954-1964) from 239ci to 312ci displacements so with that little gem there are three parts to this question:

-Why was it called a "Y" block?
-Why did rocker arm shafts often fail?
-What negative term was used for the pre 1957 4bbl carb



Brian - that story about Max is really a good one!!

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Old 03-13-2009, 07:53 AM
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All I know (I think) is the last one, that being a "toilet bowl".

Y in the hell would you want a Ford when you could have a Buick? Just kidding!
I learned a lot about the "Y" when my brother and I restored a 57 Bird for his wife. But that was a hundred years ago and I have forgotten it all.

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Hi Dave,
I had one of those, a 55 Ford w/292 with 3, 2s & 3 speed, one was enough for me. it spun bearings twice on my way home for a weekend, (NC, to Philly.) Richmond Va was as far as it wanted to go, my Dad came down & towed it to Philly. both times, I gave it to my sister & bought a 58 Chevy.

The valve train suffered a no oil problem due to. It was the last thing oiled, & had small oil passages that became clogged. Mine
had copper lines from the pump to inside the valve covers.

It was called a Y block because the bottom of the engine was so long, it made the engine look like a Y

The carb name, I have to think about.

That story about Max was great.
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I don't know squat about old Fords but you all kept me up to past midnight reading about Max from the link you posted...and I am going back to read some more. Thanks, I guess...
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I think RSIII got it. One small addition to the carb should be flaming toilet bowl...
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I think RSIII got it. One small addition to the carb should be flaming toilet bowl...

Rich got 2 out of 3 and Cobalt you are close enough - they were called towering infernos (at least in my area) and many including mine were replaced by Carter AFB's.

Now, flip a coin as to who goes next, but since Rich........

Brian - My total experience with Buicks - I bought a 1960 nailhead in 1961 that I pulled out of a wreck. Took it home, took the pan off, then took it back as there was a broken rod and a pan full of shrapnel. No idea how it could have blown unless the car was wrecked and the throttle stuck wide open with a wheel off the ground - so I built a 3 5/16+.030 x 4 (284 cid) "full race" flathead instead for my '53 Ford.

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Hi,
I wouldn't have gotten the carb question correct, I don't remember anyone calling it anything except the ugliest 4bbl I've ever seen, plus fords weren't very popular where I lived.

In 1967 STP had a Turbine car, what was the nick name given to this car.
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"Silent Sam"?

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Hi,
I'm sorry for holding up the game.

Brian that is correct, Silent Sam.
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Thanks Rich,

Ok guys, in 1957 the Chevy's made in California were different in what way? There is some confusion and lack of proof from source to source but over the years the California cars were known for these differences be damned what some evidence may say other wise.

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