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  • 6pakdakota
    started a topic 1966 Sunbeam Tiger

    1966 Sunbeam Tiger

    This is a Sunbeam Tiger that i built at work. It has a 427 side oiler crammed in it. I built the frame , roll cage rear suspension, rockers and some of the tin work. I wish that i would have taken more pictures of it during the build.



    Here it is at Autorama last year






  • billybee60
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    Tiger

    Very nice job.
    I remember my neighbor having an Alpine with SU carbs. It made the funniest noises when he tried to start it with the carbs out of tune.

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  • UH60LCHIEF
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    I LOVE those cars. Maxwell Smart used to drive on Nice job.

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  • jdustu
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    Originally posted by 6pakdakota View Post
    i just picked up the new hot rod and they didn't give the shop i work for any credit for the build. that kinda stinks. oh well.
    They tend to do that. Reiter's pretty much did the entire "Jackass" '69 ZR1 Camaro that was featured recently, and they got like one line of mention while Mark Stielow was named the builder and everyone marveled at how he got it done single handedly in such a short period of time.

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  • aametalmaster
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    I HAD a '63 1/2 Ford Galaxie XL500 with an "R" motor 427 which is 2 4 barrels 425 HP and it had a 4 speed. That was one fast car. Then a divorce ended it. Thats prob an 80 thousand dollar car now. Wish i still had the 427 for my '64 Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt project...Bob

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  • Mr Bill
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    thanks for the info - good information

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  • aametalmaster
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    Originally posted by Mr Bill View Post
    for us that don't know - what is a side oiler and what makes it special?
    The Ford 427 side oiler was a completely redesigned 427 cubic inch (7 L), cross-bolted FE engine block that first debuted in 1965.[1]

    [edit] Features and Unveiling
    This internal combustion engine featured a generous oil gallery down the left-hand side of the engine block to keep the main bearings fully supplied with oil at high revolutions or RPM. The 427 side oiler used mechanical valve tappets, heavily favored for use in Caroll Shelby's AC cobra, the 427 side oiler not only offered tremendous power for the small amount of space allotted to the Cobra but better oil passageways improved durability on the track.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_427_side_oiler
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_FE_engine There is a little oil flow pic...
    Last edited by aametalmaster; 01-16-2010, 06:46 PM.

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  • m.k.swelding
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    that looks realy nice

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  • Mr Bill
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    for us that don't know - what is a side oiler and what makes it special?

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  • 6pakdakota
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    i just picked up the new hot rod and they didn't give the shop i work for any credit for the build. that kinda stinks. oh well.

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  • 6pakdakota
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    Originally posted by sailor View Post
    Very nice workmenship, I was wondering if ya started with a tiger or an alpine on those builds.

    the first one was an alpine. the second one is a real tiger

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  • Blondie_486
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    Excellent work my friend!!!

    It's cool that the car you helped build is in a publication such as Hot Rod. I quit my subscription to the magazine back in the early 80's when it seemed more about the chics in bikinis than the cars. I bought the magazine to see the cars, if I had wanted to see chics I'd have bought Playboy.

    The 427 side oilers RULE!!! I had 2 66 Fairlane GT(R)'s and in that heavy body they were fast right from the factory, I can imagine what it'd do in a Tiger. This is along the lines of a project Carrol Shelby did back in the early 60's when the Cobra was introduced. You have to be part engineer, part fabricator, part welder and part body man to pull something like this off. My hat is off to you! And I got razzed like he(double hockey sticks) when I crammed a side oiler into a 68 Chevelle body, which wasn't too great of a feat since there was tons of room to put the engine. Everyone said I screwed up a perfectly good Chevelle body but I told them it was more like I ruined the side oiler.

    At any rate I wanted to congratulate you on the car getting into Hot Rod magazine and say a job well done!!! Keep up the good work.

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  • sailor
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    Very nice workmenship, I was wondering if ya started with a tiger or an alpine on those builds.

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  • jdustu
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    Originally posted by 6pakdakota View Post
    Yeah, Hot Rod did an article on it. I didn,t know it was out yet though. i will have to go pick one up.
    I just got it in the mail a couple days ago, it's got a 5th gen Camaro "Trans Am" on the cover. Overall a really interesting issue.

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  • 6pakdakota
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    Originally posted by jdustu View Post
    Sick car, I remember seeing it at Autorama. This is the one in Hot Rod this month, right? I didn't realize the history of these cars until I read the article, very cool.
    Yeah, Hot Rod did an article on it. I didn,t know it was out yet though. i will have to go pick one up.

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