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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2016 3:17 pm 
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Another photo of the Gordon Allen engine - very cool! I see there were two as they were in a Twini. I see a dry sump pump there - my Mini-Ford had a dry sump as well - really a damp sump as the pick-up was quite high to keep the oil around the gears.


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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2016 10:31 pm 
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I re-ground one of the cranks for these engines this week . :D


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PostPosted: Fri May 13, 2016 5:42 am 
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That's impressive……looks like a whole lot of HP going through that poor little gearbob…lol


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PostPosted: Fri May 13, 2016 12:01 pm 
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I wonder is any of these are still around? There was a similar one made here in NZ. It had an alloy top part and when the Cooper S part of the head cracked the builder recast that bit in bronze. I have never found any trace of it here though.


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PostPosted: Fri May 13, 2016 12:23 pm 
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makes setting the tappets a serious pain!

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PostPosted: Sat May 14, 2016 9:27 pm 
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I owned a Gordon Allen built engine back in 1979. It was some unit :D :D

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 13, 2017 3:41 pm 
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Today i had the chance to check what i believe to be a very rare 16 valve cylinder head, branded Motospeed ?!
have no clue of its origin, brought to Portugal late 70's , raced a few times only due to not being legal.
Owner said only 3 more are believed to exist.

Anyone knows more about this head ?

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Luis


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 13, 2017 3:49 pm 
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Not seen one of those before.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 13, 2017 4:51 pm 
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They used them in the prototype works Metro rally car before the 6R4 idea came along. But it was used before that in a Mini Clubman rallycross car - perhaps Pat Ryan ran one briefly - or someone around that era?

Pretty cool head!

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http://www.metropower.org.uk/forum/foru ... 0&posts=16


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 13, 2017 6:42 pm 
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Motospeed was the firm behind the engine in Tony Bardy's rallycross mini, I've forgotten right now who originally owned the mini, but it started off in small oval hot rod racing.
Alan Supersonic will know, Trevor Reeves?

I loaned some CCC magazines to a guy and never got them back, the full article was in it.


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