Quick History: Powered by Planes

You think you’ve Frankensteined an engine swap? Not until you’ve gone to aircraft power. After WWII, 1,710-cubic-inch (28.0L), 1,425-hp Allison V-12 aircraft engines were common surplus units that found their way into quite a few race cars. In 1955, SCTA Rod Riders member Norm Taylor built this one in his two-car garage, assembling tubular framerails with the Allison and a White truck transmission—mounted backward to serve as an overdrive—feeding a solid-mounted ’54 Lincoln rear axle. The goal was 250 mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats.

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