This page contains photographs of supercharged cars, that several people have e-mailed to me, and which they are understandably proud of. I’ll list any photo’s you send me, and specifications, with the only conditions being that they’ve got to be supercharged (Paxton or McCulloch), and they’ve got to be fifties/ sixties vehicles. I’d prefer both engine shots and vehicle shots if possible. Just e-mail the photo’s if you can scan them, failing that e-mail me and I’ll forward my address so you can snail mail them to me. I’ve broken my rules and sneaked in a photo of a non supercharged car – well I’m sort of biased (and it will be supercharged when it gets back on the road!)
My ‘56 Mercury Monterey on a typical bright English summers day. Looks pretty doesn’t she, although she’s obviously on the wrong side of the road. A photograph of her last wedding duty, for a friend as always, prior to being stripped down for restoration. It’s not often you see me wearing a tie.
Restorations started, and from the look of it I’ve a long way to go. Look at the pathetic attempt to supercharge the engine – the carburetor bonnet is on the wrong way around, the guy hasn’t got a clue! Hope he does a better job when it comes to installing the supercharger.
Ah Ha! – He’s starting to get the idea. The engines out (ready for a paint judging from the state of it) and a blowers been installed, albeit at a unique angle. Looks as though he’s still got a lot to learn though, perhaps he should check out this web site instead of surfing for pornography.
Michael Smalley’s 1957 Ford business coupe getting the attention she deserves. I wonder what they are looking at?
Now I know – a Cleveland with Paxton SN supercharger. The carb is a Holley 750 vacuum secondary curved and jetted to provide extra fuel under boost (using a Holley electric fuel pump. Almost certainly a street sleeper.
Randy Knox’s very very rare 1955 Kaiser Manhatten 2 Door Sedan. These were factory supercharged using VS57 units and only 44 were made in 1955, of which there are only seven known survivors. Would love to see an engine shot Randy!
Frank Lydell’s ‘56 Thunderbird with VS57 supercharger. Note unusual passenger side mounting. Frank fabricated the mounting bracket and crank pulley himself, and did a very good job of it as you can see. Looks good with the VR57 bonnet as well.
Ray’s (Studeman) 1961 Studebaker Hawk – certainly grabs the eye. To quote Ray:
Engine: 1962 (late)
Full Flow Block,
289 CI. bored .030 over (294.5 CI), Thin head gaskets, Comp ratio
Studebaker R2 Carter AFB w/bonnet (pressure sealed- 500CFM), Original
camshaft, Hypereutectic dished pistons, R3 oil pump, Delco 1110864
R2 air cleaner. Transmission: 1962 Borg Warner T-10 4-speed, Hurst
plus shifter, stock 10.5 inch Pressure plate/clutch disk Rear axle:
model 44 tapered axle, 3.73 Twin Traction,
Speed: best 1/8th mile time: 10.01 @72mph (never launched "real" hard), Top Speed: 124mph (clocked next to a (modified)'71 Firebird- my speedo only goes to 120 )
Overall driving impressions with blower operating: The car is rather sluggish at low rpm. This is most likely attributed to weight (3800 lbs)- and gear ratio of the transmission (Studebaker was quite frugal and fuel economy was a big selling point). But, once over 20 MPH the speed increases exponentially as the blower builds good pressure (5-7lbs), and the 4-bbl opens to accept the boost. This engine has not had ANY work to the valves, ports, or gasket matching. The exaust is 100% stock. I'm sure a bit of work will allow for large increases in performance. However, the blower kickdown is amazing- the car reacts like an automatic dropping a gear- the hesitation..then the throw back in the seat. Very FUN to drive!
Walt Dupont and his 1940 Ford with a flathead McCulloch Supercharger. To quote Walt “40 ford with a full race flathead. Put 10k miles on in 2 summers. No trouble installing the blower. The only trouble I've had is a pinging problem. My engine has a lot of mods made to it. I have too much compression, almost 9 to 1 I have to run the best gas at the pumps, and that is expensive nowadays. And I had to recurve my dist. to give a total of about 18degrees advance. I would recommend a ratio of about 7 to 1 with a blower. But it's the greatest thing since the round wheel for a flathead. It's like opening your hood and tossing in 50 hp. And it really smoothes out a rough cam”.
Rick Martin’s 1954 Lincoln, a car which is significant it two ways. The first being that it features a DO-VS59, the direct oiled version of the VS-57, and secondly because the car, driven by Rick, took first place in the Turismo Libre, the open touring class of the La Carrera Classic in 1991. The La Carrera Classic is a modern reincarnation of the infamous La Panamericana Carrera which Lincoln dominated during the early fifties, prior to its cancellation due to too many driver and spectator deaths. The Lincoln reached 126 mph in fourth gear on the long desert runs, and his race average was 81.3 mph which gave him 10th place overall, and first place in his class. Rick reports that in the drags his best run legal stock is 16.78 at 81 mph in good air and 64.67 mph in 10.73 seconds. These runs, and the La Carrera Classic win, occurred before Rick installed the DO-VS59 blower which is currently being worked up. The installation uses a custom bracket (based on the McCulloch Lincoln bracket) and a custom crank pulley, and the following story from Rick sums up the difference it makes:- “One of my old friends came out tonight he has fooled with cars about as much as i have , he has a new Mustang Convert 4 speed I think 281 cubes , it is faster than his old HO mustang , he also owned a Buick Grand National that ran 14.20 , I took him a ride in the linc on low boost and he was very impressed , we got back to my house and I discovered I did not have the switch on high boost , so I flipped it on and we took another spin, I hit it hard at about 1800 and burnt through 1st 2nd and part of third , he cant believe the power , he thinks if I can get it to hook it will take his mustang.” - Pretty much sums it up really. Once Rick’s got her running I’ll post his installation story. Some more pictures are on the VS57 Pictures page.