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Old 03-14-2019, 09:45 PM
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Does anyone else notice a couple unsafe/unwise things in this engine area? I saw this Model A 5W coupe listed for $35K USD.

Not everyone thinks the same way so I thought it might be an interesting discussion.

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Old 03-14-2019, 10:02 PM
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The steering linkage looks pretty close to the radius arm but I could be wrong?
Why does it have both and electric fan and a mechanical flex fan? And what on earth could the mechanical fan be doing anyway?
35K and the the best they can do is cheapo flex rad hoses?
Maybe they could eliminate the arm chopper mechanical fan with some smooth wall rad hose?
The carb looks pretty big for a SBC? Especially since it'll be running on 5 cylinders after it smokes the plug wires that are laying on the headers.
There's something fishy with the belts and the alternator looks to be running kind if close to the frame?
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Old 03-14-2019, 10:28 PM
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The steering linkage looks pretty close to the radius arm but I could be wrong?
Why does it have both and electric fan and a mechanical flex fan? And what on earth could the mechanical fan be doing anyway?
35K and the the best they can do is cheapo flex rad hoses?
Maybe they could eliminate the arm chopper mechanical fan with some smooth wall rad hose?
The carb looks pretty big for a SBC? Especially since it'll be running on 5 cylinders after it smokes the plug wires that are laying on the headers.
There's something fishy with the belts and the alternator looks to be running kind if close to the frame?
Whoa... I said discuss not start a war.

It's a 383 and that's a street brawler carb. Generally it's impossible to tell on a Holley style carb what CFM it is from the outside. Looks fine to me.

From a different angle the steering link is nowhere near the radius rods, and the alternator isn't that close to the frame either. It's just the photo angle.

But yes, one thing I noticed was the flex fan. Being that far from the rad on an open fendered car with no shroud and what appears to be a 16" puller fan on the rad means that flex fan is doing nothing other than being a danger to any small animals, children, and arms that get near it.
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Old 03-14-2019, 11:21 PM
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Is it just me or is the throttle cable not attached to the back of the carburetor at all? Looks to me like it's just attached to the firewall and the pivot ball on the carburetor maybe it is I just can't see it
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I see the mechanical fan spinning around unshrouded, doing nothing, except waiting for an accident to happen. The gas pedal linkage kinda will work but is not very secure. I'm a fan of tucking the spark plug wires away out of sight, but this arrangement doesn't look that good.
If you add all of these things together to get a theme, you realize that the builder was not a very good engineer, so you have to wonder about all of the other things he cobbled up, like brake linkage, suspension an the rear, driveline angles, and dash wiring.
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The fan distance was the first thing I noticed too, there is plenty metal to remount for that rad to get closer and it might look better behind the plane of the headlights imho.
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Is it just me or is the throttle cable not attached to the back of the carburetor at all? Looks to me like it's just attached to the firewall and the pivot ball on the carburetor maybe it is I just can't see it
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I see the mechanical fan spinning around unshrouded, doing nothing, except waiting for an accident to happen. The gas pedal linkage kinda will work but is not very secure. I'm a fan of tucking the spark plug wires away out of sight, but this arrangement doesn't look that good.
If you add all of these things together to get a theme, you realize that the builder was not a very good engineer, so you have to wonder about all of the other things he cobbled up, like brake linkage, suspension an the rear, driveline angles, and dash wiring.
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The fan distance was the first thing I noticed too, there is plenty metal to remount for that rad to get closer and it might look better behind the plane of the headlights imho.
You guys all noticed what I did. That throttle cable looks sketchy to me. There's no slack, which if it was mounted there should be as a safety measure.

And yeah, the redunant fan as a result of the rad being way out there.

Mac, I got to the same conclusion as you, that whoever put this together made it pretty but I wonder what else they didn't do properly.
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I still can't imagine what that inner belt is running on the passenger side? Surely it doesn't have a smog pump.
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Old 03-15-2019, 09:33 PM
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I'd be worried first bump you hit that top hose would flex down, and that rotary razor would slice it right off! And that throttle cable would make some interesting driving, if the engine torque rocks just a little, it's gonna pull the carb wide open and hold it.
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