good luck I guess.
Photos of these heads amount to automotive porn. And I like it.
I echo the sentiments of others, I wish I could justify putting this in my car, but its not worth it. My car came out of a farmers chicken coop. Paid 400 bucks for it. To sink this much into a cylinder head is absolutely crazy. I can't help but wonder how much enjoyment I would have ripping down the highway with one of these heads, megasquirted, running E85.
Is there no one with the finances to buy and run one of these, so the rest of us can at least see the legend resurrected? I am almost tempted to go get a second job just to save up for one.
A huge shout out goes to Robert Collins once again for putting this info and product out here on the net after
So many years! For the pics and effort to get them, just awesome!
I'm from another continent, and I would love to own one of those heads (busy saving actually). I read about
The legendary Drake head many years ago and a good friend and I tried getting more info or even an actual
Head all to no avail so for it to be offered up new on the net after almost 20yrs of searching is
I managed to get an Oettinger head easier than it was finding more info on the Drake. I think the price is relative
Btw does anyone have the brochure?
Ciao from South Africa
Here's an update on people trying to get in touch with Stewart. I won't quote exactly what he said because it was filled with both filled with swear words and hilarious at the same time.
Keep in mind, Stewart built an Indy-500 winning motor...back in 1972. So he's getting up there in his 60's. He doesn't really "do" technology. He recently discovered his web site email link was broken; so if anybody sent an email...he never got it. It doesn't matter much because he won't really look at the emails anyways. The same goes for the answering machine. He advised against leaving messages. For anybody trying to get in touch with Stewart, he said to just keep calling and calling until you get an answer.
In a 10-minute phone call, he can answer more questions than a month's worth of emails. Stewart put it this way: "The phone was invented 100 years ago...and it f*ing still works."
There's also been the discovery of a fresh Drake 16v race motor. The motor was built, and apparently never raced. It is supposedly "fresh" and in Southern California. It's most likely the motor I once owned, but no way to completely verify that now since I don't remember what my serial number was. But if it were mine, that would explain why it's in Southern California -- when all of the other Drake 16v motors were sold out of state.
As a Drake 16v motor, it's built with about 1935cc, and either Okrasa crank, or Moldex billet crank, Carillow rods, and 14:1 compression ratio JE Pistons. It's complete with dry sump, dry sump pump, magneto (crank fire ignition), and distributor. It probably has the Hilborne fuel injection too, but I didn't confirm that. At 14:1 compression ratio, it was designed to run on methanol. Horsepower output would be apprixomately 275-285 horsepower at the crank. Price for the full race motor: $10,000. For anybody wanting to take this motor and turn it into a street motor, it's a steal of a deal -- especially considering the Okrasa or Moldex crank, Carillo rods, and dry sump. My hunch is this price is negotiable, but probably by no more than about $500 (that's just my guess).
Again, for people trying to reach Stewart, call, don't email, and don't leave messages:
Stewart Van Dyne
Back in the early eighties my shop was doing business with Drake when you were still in Orange ,Ca. We bought several engines and other goodies(Headers,Liestritz exhausts,LAMBDA controls,suspensions, cams ...)I think just about everything as there were not many sources back then.. Anyway I remember dealing with Tim... where did he wind up?..Also. what would it take to make the centrifical advance cam gear?
We had a prototype centrifugal cam gear that we dyno tested once. I don't remember if it made any power over the non-centri cam gear. It would seem likely that it made more torque in the bottom end, and same up top, but frankly I just don't remember. It was a rather clunky device loaded with springs.
What was the name of your shop...I might remember you.
If I thought I could get one of these into a car and running for $5k I'd do it, even though it means basically throwing out the first $5k or so I probably have into it. At $10k, plus the miscellaneous accessories, I'll just buy another car.
So much time, money, work and commitment would go into getting one of these heads running but there would be nothing that could compare to the outcome. I think the cost would be worth it in the end.
I wish i could meet the designers just to thank them for making something so beautiful.
Thanks for posting this piece of history for everybody to see.