2019 Engine Master's Challenge - Studebaker Power Team

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Re: 2019 Engine Master's Challenge - Studebaker Power Team

Post by Jeff Rice » 13 Sep 2019, 20:49

It is ALIVE!!!!!

"Digger Dave" started the engine up. Ran perfect. Dave said he even had the timing dead nuts on (by hand).
Put heat in it. Checked for leaks.
No video. Just one excited engine builder!

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Post by 3x2stude » 13 Sep 2019, 22:05

Ata-boy Dave.

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Re: 2019 Engine Master's Challenge - Studebaker Power Team

Post by Bill Van Alstyne » 15 Sep 2019, 10:17

Very good!! As we get ready for our flight I hope the event goes well and the Studebaker Performance team has a great running engine. See you when we get back, Bill.

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Post by Jeff Rice » 16 Sep 2019, 08:33

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JRoberts wrote:Great! I can't wait to see how this engine fares in the competition coming up.
That is the $64 question!
Our effort last year was not successful, as we had technical difficulties and could not complete the dyno run(s).
But it was our 'freshman' year, and we made a lot of rookie mistakes.
Since Stude types are stubborn ("We'd Rather Fix Than Switch!"), we redoubled our efforts, dove into the rule book, and vowed to have a better performance experience in 2019.
The changes in the rules for 2019 actually helped our cause.
Several of the event promoters and organizers watched our efforts (and struggles) and commented that what we were doing was more in the 'spirit' of what they thought the Engine Masters Challenge was supposed to be all about. My opinion was that the top teams had gone way 'over the top' with their engine development and that had driven up the cost to a point where the competitors were not returning to try and compete.
So the rules were changed for the 'Old Iron' class (the former 'Vintage' class). Cast iron heads, OE rockers, stock crank throws (no stroker cranks), max .065" overbore (from OE claimed displacement spec's), and a few other things that limit the high dollar high tech components.

https://st.hotrod.com/uploads/sites/21/ ... s_2019.pdf

The Studebaker Power Team quest was/is simple. Build the best naturally aspirated engine within the rules.
The scoring system used takes into account the claimed displacement and applies a multiplier to come up with a 'score' that is the goal we are shooting for.
So a smaller displacement engine is not at a disadvantage (on paper) as compared to a larger displacement.
And that is what is driving us! We want to go and give the 'Big 3' and the other odd ducks a real run for their money!
Our engine is complete. Our engine is running. It is going onto the BES engine dyno for final tuning.
The Studebaker Power team Studebaker V8 engine was built by 'Digger Dave' Molnar using the best parts we could get.
We have enlisted some help from many avid Studebaker enthusiasts, suppliers, and donors. Our donors have been a superb help.
If anyone wants to help this little underdog team compete at a high level, just contact me via a PM. We graciously accept donations via PayPal.
It is not an inexpensive program to delve into. Parts, shipping, transportation, hotels, food, uniforms..
(Just wait until you see the way cool professional Studebaker Power Team shirts... We have to look good when we get our pictures in Hot Rod Magazine!)
We will be on-site two weeks from Sunday, getting checked in, inspected and approved, and loaded onto the dyno cart.
Our scheduled dyno run competition time is early Monday morning, September 30th.
The event is going to be streamed LIVE on the Internet (through a Hot Rod Magazine link).
I will be doing Facebook live sessions from time to time, and taking a gabazillion pictures (pretty much all I am good for)..
Enough rambling.. In two weeks it will be time to put up or shut up.
And we want the world to see what a Studebaker V8 engine can really do!

Follow us here, and at:

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http://www.racingstudebakers.com/foo...php?f=9&t=3465

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Re: 2019 Engine Master's Challenge - Studebaker Power Team

Post by VtMike » 17 Sep 2019, 09:18

What are the plans for the engine after the event? I think it would be very cool to put it in a Stude and see what it could do drag racing. Or I could put it in my Avanti - when I finally get one.

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Post by Jeff Rice » 17 Sep 2019, 10:00

The engine belongs to 'Digger Dave', so it is his to put it into what he wants.
He did mention to me he wants to run it in an F.A.S.T. drag car.

https://www.fastdrags.com/

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I have a hunch David is going to continue to tweak the engine to make it even better for 2020.
That is 'if' there will be a 2020 event, and 'where' that event might be.
JE Pistons has a 2 year agreement to host the Hot Rod Magazine Engine Masters Challenge, and this year is the 2nd year.
So the next question will be, Will JE Pistons renew their agreement? And if not, 'who' will host it, and where?


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What are the plans for the engine after the event? I think it would be very cool to put it in a Stude and see what it could do drag racing. Or I could put it in my Avanti - when I finally get one.

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Post by Jeff Rice » 19 Sep 2019, 18:07

9/19/2019 (teaser pic)
Finalized and authorized the artwork for the team shirts this afternoon...
Really like the shirt back artwork ..
Here's a teaser pic of the shirt back....(prototype copy)
(note) We'll be keeping the shirt back artwork for the tee shirts later on after the event...


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Post by Jeff Rice » 20 Sep 2019, 12:27

An invitation for everyone to stop by the Studebaker Power Team Facebook site and follow along on the trials and tribulations of getting a Studebaker V8 engine ready to compete at the 2019 Hot Rod Magazine Engine Masters Challenge (see link below).
The event starts (for the Studebaker Power Team) on Sunday, Sept 29th.
Our dyno run slot will be early Monday morning.
Hot Rod magazine will be live streaming the event, and I will be doing 'Facebook Live' session when able to.
Will be taking a lot of pic's. Will post them to Facebook as it is simple.
Will post here on the SDC forum after hours (after editing).

Yes, it is a closed Facebook group. Closed to keep out spammers.
But I am the only approver, so if you would like to comment...send me a Facebook request to join.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2368852399810943/

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Post by Jeff Rice » 22 Sep 2019, 08:01

(Update 9/22)

Digger is running the engine in his shop.
Put a couple heat cycles into it and checked torque.
Called me so I could hear it run. Heard it start ..right away..
Then the engine noise was so loud it blanked the smartyphone sound out.
I heard...nothing.. Then David shut it off and said "Sounds AWSOME, doesn't it!"
So I guess I'll have to wait to see it :twisted: .
David also installed a back up distributor, and test ran the engine with a backup distributor.

Next.. Pack it up and take it to the race shop dyno for final flogging and tuning..

ONE WEEK AWAY!

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Post by Jeff Rice » 23 Sep 2019, 17:42

Shirts just arrived..
They are.... Spectacular!
Carrie is going to iron on all the American flags...
Then you'll get to see pic's...

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Post by Jeff Rice » 24 Sep 2019, 08:42

Here's a teaser video of 'Digger Dave' warming up the engine to re-torque the head bolts and run the valves.
Just a smartyphone video converted to MP4 and uploaded to Youtube, so the quality and audio aren't great.
But dayamn! It sounds good!

Next... Load it up and take it to the race shop dyno for final flog and tune...
Then.. Next Sunday at noon.. Arrive in Mentor, OH (Cleveland) to unload, get inspected and approved, and mount up on the dyno engine cart for our Monday morning date with destiny!!!!




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Post by Jeff Rice » 24 Sep 2019, 11:11

Team shirts look great.
Dickies brand...
(Even Sarge approves!)


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Post by Jeff Rice » 26 Sep 2019, 21:48

(Update Thursday 9/26/2019 10pm)


Ran engine on race shop dyno today. Engine is strong. Made 7 pulls today.
MSD/Maxx distributor setup is great. Some tuning issues, but good tuning issues.
Looking for that last little bit of power.
More coming tomorrow..

Getting real excited!

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Re: 2019 Engine Master's Challenge - Studebaker Power Team

Post by Jeff Rice » 28 Sep 2019, 20:50

Dave did 21 pulls on the dyno.
Picked up 65hp from first pull.
Engine is great. Loaded up and headed to Cleveland tomorrow.

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Re: 2019 Engine Master's Challenge - Studebaker Power Team

Post by Jeff Rice » 29 Sep 2019, 21:40

Everyone arrived safely in Ohio.
Engine mounted on engine stand and put in dyno cell and hooked up.
Just add water, and fuel and fire this puppy up!

Our run sequence was changed to first, so we run at 8am tomorrow morning.

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