Hank Albro supplies several hard to find Austin and Bantam parts. He can be reached at the address below, but please don't pester him with a lot of questions about the engine. I'll try to get more information up here as it becomes available.
Hank Albro H&H Plastics
2507 W. Adams St.
Below are some observations about the engine from Norm Booth who talked to Hank about it: Thanks to Norm.
(1) One of the cylinder head tops had to have
outlet reversed (by welding)
(2) Same for one of the water inlets and
(3) One of the cam gears, and one of the distributor
drive gears were machined with reverse helix teeth to get the proper
sequence for each bank of 4 cylinders.
(4) The crankcase was custom
fabricated and heliarc welded from heavy aluminum plate.
(5) The radiator
is deeper (thicker) than stock, and is pressurized.
(6) A 4 blade fan
fabricated from 2 stock, 2 blade fans is utilized. A single compact belt
driven water pump is used to boost circulation.
(7) Each bank of 4
cylinders is served by a separate stock distributor and coil.
(7.5) The firing order is 1-3-4-2 (with no.
1 being closest to the radiator) for
each bank of cylinders. On a stock Bantam 4 cylinder engine, one
cylinder fires for every 180 degrees rotation of the crank. On Hank's
V-8 engine, the firing is 1R,1L,3R,3L, 4R,4L,2R,2L (where R is on the
right bank of cylinders and L is on the left bank of cylinders.) In
this configuration, when 1R fires, 1L fires 90 crank degrees later and
so on.; Hank starts the engine on 4 cylinders and then cuts in the other
bank of 4 cylinders. The engine runs muchs smoother than a 4 cylinder
(8) Each bank of cylinders has it's own intake
(9) A single 3 main bearing gear type positive
oil pump is used.(3 main Bantam type with some modification by Hank).
10) The crankshaft is a custom fabricated and
machined billet 2 main
11)The V-8 engine is installed in a 1938 Bantam
(12) A stock Bantam 3 speed gearbox is bolted
up to the
(13) The pistons are 3 main Bantam type with
a diameter of 2.260
(14) The connecting rods are standard Bantam
2 main bearing
(14.5) The intake and exhaust valves are standard
Bantam 2 main
bearing engine type and all the same diameter.(The later 3 main bearing
engine had larger intake valves)
(15) The flywheel is stock late 2 main
(16) All of the engine electrics are stock
Bantam made by
Autolite.The system is 6 volts.
(17) The engine mounts are the type used
on the Bantam 3 main engines. One in the center front, and one on each
side back at the transmission.
(18)The two main bearings are babbit
(19)The lubrication system is fully pressurized
to the mains and
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