1935 Miller-Ford Indy 500 Race Car

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Front End Mocked Up On '35 Miller-Ford

Rick Eggers   USA — Posted on The CycleKart Club
Tuesday November 7, 2017 12:32 PM

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2017-11-09 19:53:38 # 45844
Comment by Brian Woods
Looks great!Are you able to simulate how it might work with forces applied at this point?And are you going to make the streamline covers as on the original V8Millers.Do you know how many still exist and the total number built?I have seen and read conflicting numbers!Brian
2017-11-09 20:19:09 # 45847
Comment by Charles Schultz
Ten were built. The steering boxes were too close to the exhaust manifolds and several crashed. Hank Ford was furious and they got sold off. Bits and pieces raced at Indy into the 1950's. Andy Granetelli of STP fame tried to qualify one in the late 1940s and crashed severely. One is at the Speedway Motors museum in Lincoln Nebraska. I think four have been restored.
2017-11-09 20:51:10 # 45851
Comment by Rick Eggers
Charles, Somebody is vintage racing one. It's red and white with a number 35 on it. One is in the Henry Ford Museum, and one is in the Indianapolis Speedway Museum. I wish they were closer so I could go look and drool.
2017-11-09 20:59:36 # 45852
Comment by Rick Eggers
Brian, Yes, I stood on the frame rails and bounced up and down. It's springy. I haven't been able to measure the frame drop with my 230 pounds on it, but it looks to be around an inch or slightly more. I'm definitely going to make the aluminum covers like the original cars had. Ford had Harry Miller build ten of these and around half are still around, as far as I can tell on the internet. It was a late deal and there wasn't sufficient time to test and debug before trying to qualify. They were fast, but as Charles said, the aluminum steering boxes were positioned too close to the exhaust manifold causing them to overheat and seize up.
2017-11-09 21:29:28 # 45853
Comment by Brian Woods
Thanks!And yes, that is one of the stories I have heard.And Chuck......I goy my simulator 45 Gal drum last night!Brian
2017-11-10 13:00:43 # 45863
Comment by Zoran R. P.
Rating: 10/10
Hello, Rick, I wanted before to ask "where is Panhard rod", but now you installed it. That would be quite precisely positioned front axle and suspension/steering! Good work shall follow I am sure, and I will with a joy wait at next operations. Regards, Zoran

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