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Old 07-07-2011, 08:21 AM
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I really appreciate all the replies guys. This helps a lot! I really like what Centerline had to say about the Duesenberg. I think I will go with that for the engine. That sounds fantastic!

You guys mentioned the rear end gearing and the exhausts. I like the sound of that. What is it about the rear end gearing that would make it faster? I'm not sure I understand.
Also, the exhausts with the choke that Richiehd mentioned sounds cool. Does he mean shorter exhausts or wider pipes? How would that work?

In my story, the mechanic has a garage in Chicago and he has experience working at the Indianapolis 500 as a mechanic. He has a way of trading and picking up extra parts from various places. He doesn't charge the detective much for this stuff, since the detective is his best friend. Since this is fiction, he has a way of getting whatever parts he needs. But I still want to make it very believable. So he is still limited by being in the 1930s.
There may be more "correct" answers to your question, but for a fiction book I believe Centerlines suggestion is the most "romantic" and PERFECT for the book.

It is quick and dirty and most non car people can get their head around it without too much explanation.

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I have herd that back in the day they would weld on the pistons/heads to up the CR. Being 28 I have no idea if thats fact or fiction but seems period correct, ballance would be a pig to get right but i would assume 5000 rpm was spinning it to the moon in the 30's.
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In the book "Paper Moon" which was set in the mid 30's THe main charachter always seamed to have his average looking car souped up with a larger engine swapped in. I seem to recall a lincoln v-12 in one of the cars. I think during that time fram Indy was running under the "junk" rules that basicly meant using stock block engines of the day. Swapping in an Auburn v-8 would be my pick!, or a Pierce Arrow v-12 if they made one
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Well I think as long as it was known about at the time, the mechanic in the story would be capable of doing it.

Now that Cobalt mentioned the Miller, I did some research and I think I'm going to go with an engine swap and use the Miller supercharged V8, with twin cams and 350 bhp.
I think I will include the two-speed rear end and dual exhausts with cutouts opened with a choke.
I will probably add a hidden compartment in the door to hide an extra pistol.

What do you guys think? Should I add anything else?

By the way, my summary for this story was accepted by a publisher, so this baby will be published!
do you have a title for this book so i can keep my eye out for it?
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It will be called The Shamus Directive I think. It will be a book of six short stories.
This will be published by Pro Se Productions.
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It will be called The Shamus Directive I think. It will be a book of six short stories.
This will be published by Pro Se Productions.
Dibbs on a autographed copy!
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It will be called The Shamus Directive I think. It will be a book of six short stories.
This will be published by Pro Se Productions.
I personally want to thank you for writing. I often say "Thank God for the artist, what boring world this would be without them".
A lot of people would challenge my use of the word "artist" when talking about writing. But you damn tootin the creative writing is an art, and thank you.

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