Sunday, March 8, 2015

Gary Bahre's 2015 Crank-Up

Some of the regular attendees in Kentucky were still snowed in, but Gary's Crankup still had about thirty-five engine fanatics roll in on Saturday for his annual barn party.  Gary had bladed the snow back earlier in the week, and the ground was frozen, so nobody got stuck.  The food was great, a line of engines was putt-putting along outside, and the food and camaraderie were great!

The new rod for the Bessemer mail box engine is nearly finished! It's a shame it will be hidden away inside the crankcase.

 The lower end has to be split, spaced with shims, and the babbit inserts have to be poured.  A slot for lube has to be cut in the upper end, then it will be ready to install.

Cale Mahnke of Mahnke Motor Sports is the artful welder who built this beauty. He thinks this rod could run at 3000 RPM, but I don't think Gary is going to try that.

Here are the faithful folks who braved slick roads to fight off the winter blues.  Many Thanks to Gary and Peggy for hosting a great event.

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