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Chevrolet Engine Weathervane
"It's a one-of-a-kind weathervane that gets a lot of second looks," says Mark Madson, Clinton, Wis., who mounted a Chevrolet 427 big block 8-cyl. engine - equipped with a 6-71 blower air intake system and 400 automatic car transmission - on top of a 15-ft. high steel pole in his yard. A Chevrolet "bow tie" insignia, mounted on a steel rod behind the transmission, serves as the weathervane tail.
The engine mounts on a thrust bearing that's bolted to the bottom of the engine block at its balance point. "The bearing lets the engine turn effortlessly in the wind," says Madson. "I mounted the radiator fan backward and removed the seal from the water pump to to reduce the drag."

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1994 - Volume #18, Issue #4