Larry Boothe's American Rod
(click the image to go back)
The 60-horsepower flat head engine required a lot of
scratchbuilding. The Offenhauser cylinder heads were non-existent
when Larry built this model, so he painstakingly glued
more than 50 individual fins and 24 bolts to the cylinder
head base. Fortunately for his sanity, Larry had to make
only one cylinder head, then have two copies cast in resin.
He scratchbuilt the two-carb intake and exhaust headers
and had them resin cast to impart durabilty. Other scratchbuilt
engine parts include: water pumps, generator, fuel pump,
dipstick, and air cleaners. That impressive beehive oil
filter is a machined aluminum piece by John McGowan.
Jerry Duncan pronounced the model, "right on the
money" we he first saw it some 14 years ago. It seems
to be holding up as well as the original.