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Harry Miller engines; any produced in scale?

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  • Member since
    January, 2011
  • From: Chico, CA
Harry Miller engines; any produced in scale?
Posted by Wick Humble on Saturday, October 06, 2018 10:16 AM

I've been fascinated by the engines of American genius Harry Miller since I bought Griff Borgeson's "Golden Age of the American Racing Car" back in the late 'sixties.

Harry's (or Leo Goosen's) engines; besides Offenhauser fours, have any produced in scale?  I'm rescuing an old glue-bomb Cad phaeton, and am scratching-up an interpretation -- apochrypal, of course -- of a Miller V-16.  It is based on two parts-box Ford flathead blocks in tandem, with the rest made from scrap and tubing.  Miller made a few very large boat racing engines, and one or two big-inch car plants too, but this thing is turning out monstrous!  Oh well, it's a fantasy anyhow... !

On a related subject, was there ever a scale NOVI V-8 made in plastic or resin?  I'm converting an o-l-d Mercedes GP engine to look like a NOVI -- to put in a highly modified '53 Studebaker (imagine Granitelli's short hook-up with Studebaker and NOVI at Indy...) and between the two motors, I have my hands full with just making the exhaust headers!!  I'm using the centrifugal blower from the M-B as a pattern for the Miller superchargers (2) on the V-16.  It doesn't have the radial fins ofthe prototype, but maybe I can figure that out too.  Note: I can recall hearing the Indy 500 on the radio (what's that?) the last year the NOVI ran; it's sound was truly insane, with the blower at high revs; not like a turbo at all.  Oh well...

Thanks for everything; wish me luck and good health to finish!

Wick

PS/ Watch for the revised edition of my book "How to Restore Your Datsun Z-Car" coming out soon; 27 years in print! :-<)

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  • From: East Bethel, Mn
Posted by midnightprowler on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 3:53 AM

old, so old

1 Corinthians 15:51-54
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

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  • Member since
    January, 2004
  • From: Northeast Ohio
Posted by jas1957 on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 8:53 PM

To my knowledge no one has ever done a NOVI in scale. A couple have done Miller 91 straight eights, Etzel Speed Classics produced a Miller Indy car with  a pretty nice engine. Historic Racing Miniatures produced a front drive Miller also with an engine.  Etzel also made a full detail Offy 270 which was later reproduced by Replicas and Miniatures of MD.  Also the Indianapolis Motor Speedwy radio network still broadcasts the 500 each year.

  • Member since
    January, 2011
  • From: Chico, CA
Posted by Wick Humble on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 8:02 PM
Thank you for the info; at least I won't go looking for a NOVI. I have what's left of an old Monogram Kurtis Indy roadster (PC12) that had a pretty nice M-D Offy four, and apparently they also did a midget with Offy (PC1) as late as the early sixties; ever seen one? I suppose a good resin caster could make a V-8 version and convert it to NOVI look; maybe that's what the companies you mention did? My budget doesn't allow to much liberty among the resin products, but... Where did all those great old model patterns go? I still have bits of their 'slingshot dragster' (49), and some of the roadster kits. Wick (b.1945)

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