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A couple of years ago my neighbor and I were sitting around trying to think of a way we could test fire and run freshly rebuilt Motors and we came up with the idea of using a stand by tow-able Irrigation Motor platform and then modifying it to fit any V-8 Chevy so we took this little straight 6 Chevy stand by Irrigation unit we had built (several years back) and removed the now broken engine and with a little barn yard engineering we had a move-able temporary platform to run a V-8 on and it works like a charm....in the years since we have Fired and ran countless SBC & BBC engines.....Well yesterday we hooked up and fired,Ran the "NEW" 427 BBC motor I just finished thats going in the 72 Rally Nova and even though I built it my self I have to say I was impressed....we put a set of Rail Motor "Zoomies" (my son calls them) headers on it and hit all the switches and it fired and ran on the second full revolution and we felt the earth tremble beneath our feet.....the Horses out in the coral bolted for the farthest reaches of our pasture, our Cows nearly stampeded and I seriously doubt mommas chickens will lay eggs till some time this coming summer!
We had the whole family including my neighbor and his wife there and it was getting close to sun down so we shut off all the lights in the Quonset and stood there in silent awe at the entrance to the Shop with both doors wide open looking like a huge man made cave of some sort as the Rat Motor sat idling and belched fire out of each cylinder in perfect time like a fire breathing monster from.....well you know....that deep dark place that makes all Ford's and Mopars shudder with fear.....and I gotta admit even I was impressed with what I have created.....to come from a dead long forgotten pile of dirty oil sludge encrusted parts only a few months ago to this living thing of beauty that sat before us now, thumping and growling like some ancient prehistoric monster waiting for it's next meal of fresh Detroit Iron......oh if only the Track opened this next weekend what a perfect end to a perfect day I thought as we all stood there in the last few flickering glimpses of daylight in the presence of "THE BEAST"....."THE BEAST LIVES!"....."LONG LIVE THE BEAST!"


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The wife was going to video the whole episode but Just in case something went wrong (and in my case when I brag something most always does:eek:) but I had her hold off cause one never knows what to expect and the last thing I wanted on tape was this motor flying into chunks on tape....not that I don't have confidence mind you but with the luck I have when it comes to my own stuff it surely would have turned into one of those Funniest Home Video's that falls into the category of ...."HEY ...Watch This!"

I would rather be an Honest Idiot than a Smart Alec Liar any day.....my Pap (Grandfather) always told me "Boy...... it's always better to keep yer mouth shut and thought a fool..... than to open it and remove all doubt!"

I will go down and re-fire it one evening here this week yet and have the wife try to video it and get some photos of our mobile engine test stand for you guys.

It's just what used to be a Portable Straight 6 Chevy engine out of a old 1962 wrecked P.U. we had that you could haul out when one of our Irrigation engines we used to have broke down...(Everything is all electric Center Pivot now)...so we could keep pumping water to the crops in fact it's made out of a rear axle out of a 4 door 58 Chevy that we built a frame on top of with a bulldog hitch for a 2" ball that has solid motor mounts for a Chevy V-8 and the Bell housing and Clutch handle to engage and dis engage the belt drive that goes to the well head and a panel with a Twist Lock throttle cable, Stewart Warner Tach, and a full set of adjustable Murphy Water Temp,Oil pressure gauges (so if the temp gets to high or the Oil pressure gets to low it will kill the engine instead of keep it running till it breaks (all Irrigation motors have them) and a Volt gauge,fuse panel and a starter button along with a big old 4 core irrigation radiator to keep it cool and a 20 gallon fuel tank from an old Ford Tractor we junked out several years ago....all we did was to remove the old 6 popper, make the Motor Mounts heavier, redo some wiring and add switches for 12 volt fuel and Water pumps and we were in business.
Like I said Barnyard Engineering at it's finest.......

Randy
 
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