Ferrari (First Gear) by Larry Edsall

By Larry Edsall

Ferrari has been generating race and street vehicles for greater than 60 years. within the certain “Ferrari Red,” mythical automobiles with names like Monza, Testa Rossa, and Daytona flip heads from Monaco to Japan and round the world.In Ferrari, 60 milestone automobiles from around the company’s heritage are profiled intimately, with a brief background of the auto, engine, and crew, in addition to functionality specifications, trivialities, and a close photograph library. For any fan of Ferrari or functionality autos usually, this is often an relaxing learn filled with important details and lovely colour photographs.

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51 Job:10802 Title:#211581_Indian Motorcycles (octopus) Page: 51 16/12/15 9:05 am SIGNS OF IMPROVEMENT The 1930 Chief was one of the most elegant The du Pont brothers hired investment consultant B. H. Cram to assess the initial changes motorcycles on the market; unfortunately, that Hosley had instituted at Indian. In a letter dated March 28, 1930, Cram provided a the market was in complete disarray generally positive report. Cram surmised that manufacturing efficiencies had been achieved because of the Great Depression.

Unlike the Powerplus engine, which featured just one camshaft to operate all four valves, the new Scout engine featured a pair of camshafts, allowing much more versatility in valve timing and The helical-cut gears in the Scout’s primary overlap and duration of valve opening. This enabled Franklin to extract more power from the en- drive were many decades ahead of their time. gine. The Scout motor produced only 11 horsepower, compared to the 16 horsepower generated The system was still state-of-the-art when it by the Powerplus, but the Scout had a wet weight of just 340 pounds, meaning it could get up and appeared on twenty-first-century Indians.

Hosley took the money the company was pissing away on other ventures and used it to institute long-needed upgrades, like improved carburetion on the Chief models. The most significant mechanical upgrade occurred when the bottom-end of the Ace four-cylinder model was completely redesigned so that it used five main bearings instead of three. This had been a major flaw in the four-cylinder engine’s basic design since the first Henderson Four of 1912. The company also upgraded the Ace’s antiquated pocket-valve cylinder heads, improving the combustion chambers that utilized a design not unlike the one used in the soon-to-be-defunct Excelsior-Henderson Super-X.

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