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    Bill Engwer

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  1. LS what?

    I knew I'd seen those before somewhere.
  2. LS what?

    BUT...those cosmetic covers remind me of something I've seen. I'll put the query in my brain in the background. Maybe something useful will come out.
  3. LS what?

    What distinguishes most LS engines from each other visually, including the cast-iron Vortec versions in trucks and SUVs, is the plastic cosmetic covers on top, and the oil pan shape. I would guess the covers in the photo are custom parts made for the application. (EDIT: WRONG ) Not hard to do for a competent fabricator/tooling maker. Under the cosmetic stuff, most of them look pretty much like this:
  4. Favorite gasser kits?

    I started this period piece eons ago, based on a badly busted up gluebomb. Roof is sunk in from excessive glue on the window unit when originally built, and the body is otherwise warped, so the plan is to do the car as having been rolled and never entirely repaired. Opening the doors and deck was mostly to allow the believable use of different colored panels that would give the impression of being junkyard parts. Chassis stripped of everything but the rails, which were repaired and filled with epoxy/cotton flock mixture for strength. The transverse-leaf spring front axle ride-height adjustment is copied from a design on the Cagle-Sanchez Bonneville record-breaking Studebaker. Rear end is Chevy truck with six-bolt axles. Doors and deck open, and new fabricated floor and hump in progress.
  5. What Did You Have for Dinner?

    Home-made lasagna. My one true love made the world's best, period, and I make it to her recipe occasionally.
  6. Favorite gasser kits?

    About 1965/'66. Additional photos at the link below. Notice the raised stance of the "restored" version, contradicting the very slightly nose-down attitude of the car AS RACED. https://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/media/albums/don-nowells-1937-chevy-coupe.45378/
  7. What Irked You Today?

    After 3 days without internet, and being forced by Comcast to waste half a day taking my old modem/router in to swap it BEFORE they'd even send a tech out, the tech who finally got me up and running said there was most likely NOTHING wrong with the old unit, after he found and corrected problems with the lines feeding the house. And the way you have to go through multiple really stupid robots to even GET to a tech-support person somewhere in India is beyond belief. "Smart" systems they're just not. Interestingly, a crew was in my neighborhood today fixing apparently identical issues for multiple subscribers, but it had never occurred to home-office tech support that so many people on the same node with identical problems might MEAN something. Annoyingly, Comcast is the only cable internet provider who services this location, so I'm stuck with them.
  8. Topic full of information just vanished?

    I posted the links to the videos showing only the tip of the iceberg as to what's available in desktop 3D printing and short-run soft tooling in the hopes that, rather than continuing with another endless wish-list and criticizing of the companies that make the stuff we're addicted to, some of youse guys might see that the huge financial investment we've been led to believe is required to tool something new is now no longer necessary, and because of that, shortish and PROFITABLE runs of "significant" subjects are now entirely possible. Any luck, the model companies are researching the stuff too...but just WHY it's taking so long to implement some of this tech is beyond me. Some of that stuff is years old now. It is literally possible to set up in a garage to design, prototype, tool and produce world-class injection-molded kits...or at the very least, parts, and then bodies to update or backdate existing kits (or rebody as a related vehicle). Very high quality aftermarket parts could sell for market-friendly prices because the cycle-times are so fast compared to working with resin, too. Seeing that first machine spitting out parts every 15 or so seconds is proof positive the concept is entirely viable. Imagine every part in that pile was a finned head for an old Ford, or something like a Moroso valve cover, or a S.C.o.T. blower or a red taillight or a clear headlight lens...or whatever you can wish for. Frankly, if I hadn't already pretty well planned out the rest of my own life building some of the 1:1 cars I've been designing since I was young, I'd take the plunge and set up as a model parts and eventually kit manufacturer myself. But surely there's somebody else out there who has the combination of abilities and funding necessary to make it happen, and who isn't running on borrowed time.
  9. Pulse Jet LSR

  10. Fire Bombing

    I'm very well aware of that. I've seen tons of underwing mounts. My specific question was regarding the single top-of-fuselage mount on the C-119. Guess I coulda looked it up.
  11. Fire Bombing

    I've never seen one with a jet engine on top of the fuselage. Was that common?
  12. Fire Bombing

  13. Turning Front Wheels (Steering)

    On cars with independent front suspension, it depends on the design of the kit parts. Many kits these days have separate spindles, and in some cases. all you really have to do is not glue them to the control arms, and make up a simple tie-rod rig. On cars that don't have separate spindles and/or control arms, it gets more difficult, and requires scratch-building/fabrication. The old AMT wire-axle cars can be made to look like the wheels steer by simply bending the ends of the wires appropriately.
  14. And the bee's knees. Very evocative.