13 of the Best Hot Rod Engines at LA Roadster Show

flathead, hot rod, roadster, car show, pictures, nostalgia
#1 Harrell Los Angeles Flathead with Harrell Intake

Best Engines of the 2010 LA Roadster Show

Walking the 2010 LA Roadster Show, I started snapping shots of the dazzling chrome works of four-stroke art found in the roadsters and hot rods in the show. Where else to place the prized and uber-rare speed parts for your flathead than out for the world to see in an open engine bay?

So let’s put it to a vote. Pick a favorite and MyRideisMe.com will send a T-shirt to the top 3 engines. Easy for me to say!  To do that, I’ll need help! If you know the owner or know the owners cousin or even want to know the owner… leave a comment and help us get in touch.

Owners of these engines: Please email to moc.eMsiediRyMnull@senignEtseB. You might have won a t-shirt! Let us know the details of the build and how this engine shows why, “My Ride is Me”.

For every picture here, click on it for the full size image.

Starting with The Flatheads category: (don’t forget #1 above)

flathead, hot rod, roadster, car show, pictures, nostalgia, offenhauser #2 Polished Offenhauser Flathead

flathead, hot rod, roadster, car show, pictures, nostalgia, navarro, jimmy shine #3 Jimmy Shine’s Truck – 1949 Ford flathead built by Mike Gilbert with Stromberg 97 carbs atop a S.C.o.T. blower with wide open zoomie headers

flathead, hot rod, roadster, car show, pictures, nostalgia, tom cobbs, evans #4 Tom Cobbs Roadster Flathead: 1946 Mercury 268CI with Cobbs designed 3-ring pistons; Evans 8:1 heads and Cobbs modified GMC 3-71 blower on Navarro manifold supplied by 4 Stromberg Model 48′s.  Dig the cooper fuel plumbing too! (I cheated on this on and copied the show card. I also got a picture of “The Snake” Don Prudhomme starting this up. Yea! It runs!!)

flathead, hot rod, roadster, car show, pictures, nostalgia, edelbrock #5 Edelbrock Flathead – Not as racy looking as the others, but finely detailed no doubt

flathead, hot rod, roadster, car show, pictures, nostalgia, blown #6 Blown Flathead. Who can tell me about the “Internal Syphon Gauge” mounted behind the blower. It’s made by GE and has a + and – 30 PSI range. The trick curved air cleaners really set this one off.

flathead, hot rod, roadster, car show, pictures, nostalgia, sharp #7 Sharp Flathead

flathead, hot rod, roadster, car show, pictures, nostalgia, offenhauser #8 Quad Carbed Offenhauser Flathead. I saw a NOS Beehive oil filter like the one shown here for $450 at the not-to-be-missed LA Roadster Show swap meet. Nostalgia ain’t cheap.

Next, representing the, Blown & Bad not a flathead category:

Blown Hemi Hot Rod Engine #9 “Steinegger & Eshenbaugh” Blown Hemi

Twin Blown Hot Rod, blower, roadster, car show #10 Twin Blown & Finned SBC Beauty

Next, representing the, Hell NO I ain’t a Small Block Chevy category:

Gurney Eagle, weber carb, big block, car show, pictures #11 Gurney Eagle & Weber Carbed Big Block Ford? (Help me out here!)

Y-block, steel roadster, car show, hot rod #12 Thunderbird Finned Y-Block

caddilac, hot rod, tri-power, nostalgia engine #13 Tri-powered Caddy

That’s it. 13 of the best looking, best detailed engines of the LA Roadster Show. Care to pick a favorite?

And don’t forget to tell the owner to contact me with details of the engine. I’ll update the story. (Cause we love old school, but we’re we’re the dynamic NEW way to read about hot rods!)

-pikesan

Pick your favorite hot rod engine then say why in a comment below.

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