Jack,PackardV8 wrote:In theory, a flathead boat engine should really love a turbocharger. Plumbing's on the same side, RPM range spread is low, the prop acts like a high-stall converter to allow boost to build and hold,
thus helping overcome the inherent breathing problem and it all happens within the safe operating RPM.
Once again with the rods. Just what is it about the Hercules rods that has you wanting to replace them?Stupid question of the week. Main bearing spacers are commonly used. Anyone seen them used in a rod? I ask because there are affordable H beams sold for slant sixes. 7.005" long, BEW is ok, but they are for a 2.18785" journal [herc has 1.988"]
I must admit that my sick mind thought that an adapter to fit a turbo to the manifold outlet would be cake. A drawthrough from a 231 came to mind too. The heat under the box from the turbo would be hateful though. I guess one could water jacket the turbine housing. I'm not learned enough to say how the water in the exh would effect it though. Other silly thoughts included driving a centrifugal or even an oem Eaton driven off of the flywheel. Not sure how the Eatons take to fuel though. blowing through the Zenith might be a challenge.
I'm not hellbent on replacing the rods, really. Just thinking out loud. I admit to being less than nuts on the pinch bolt wrist pin end, not to mention the split skirts. I cringed when the owner said it would wing up past 4K in neutral. Am I over paranoid?