my first car was a '49 Chevy, too. A Deluxe, fastback. Sparky and I have
toyed with the idea of one of those rigged for landspeed-- loaded with his
ratmotor. I think it would be a real hoot (although probably not all that
As for using an outboard in a lakester (or a streamliner)-- that idea
appealed to me, too (I'm one of those 2-stroke perverts). And they are
relatively skinny. So I looked them up un the Mercury website, and-- guess
what?? A production Merc outboard doesn't have nearly the power density of
a production Suzuki (or Kawi, or Yammi, or Honda) 4-stroke sportbike engine.
I still haven't figured out why (maybe it's an RPM thing-- related to the
application--??)-- but, anyway, I'm back to the bike engines.
From: Dick J [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Tuesday, September 30, 2003 8:27 PM
To: Want1937hd@aol.com; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org;
Subject: odd motors
Want1937hd@aol.com wrote:... ... ... Elto outboards and Harley Twins, are
you having a flashback to midget racing in the late 1930's? Bob in
Hee hee. As a matter of fact, the very first taste of "speed" I had was
racing an Elto twin on a Class B hydroplane back around 1953. Then I got a
hold of some old Hot Rod magazines. That progressed to putting dual
strombergs on my dads F1 while he was away on a business trip (Ooooh, was he
PO'ed when he got back!), then swapping my guitar for a 49 Chevy six with
dual Rochesters and split manifold! And that's how it all started!