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Old 02-26-2006, 05:23 PM
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I think Bruce Mclaren was killed in 1970. Is that who you were refering to ? Nonetheless some killer powerplants!
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Circus Circus I believe had Kieth Black Hemi engines, but I could be wrong that was along time ago. I think the frame were developed for the How Sweet it Is boat. It looks to me like doing the frame would add to the ease of installiation once you figured it out. This was origainally a version of the MerCruiser turbo project with Bob Kaiser. I think it was Mclaren though not Roush. When the motors were finally somewhat reliable Jeff and Ugo won Sarasota with them and they were built by bruce and his partener at the time. I remember those guys really laboring long hours over those engines as they were very powerful but very finickey. Like 200 hp advantage over the injected motor guys at the time.
Circus Circus had frames from the start but I think you're right the first engines were Keith Black.

Roush built Jeff's engines after C&G Blowers engines. Those didn't work out too well either. Reverse rotation on a GM from Ford guys was a treat to work with each time I got them.

Bruce came on later and picked up the pieces and put some 366ci killer hp engines together. Purred like a new Caddi. Remember back then you had a CI disadvantage when you went to turbo.

Bruce is/was a great engine builder but never could overcome the little rigging problems that would come up in offshore and could never overcome the overspeed pulse of the turbos he was using. I guess when How Sweet It Is got out, Bruce went back to working as a consultant for Mclaren.

I believe he had something to do the the design of the Mercury/Corvette Fuel Injection engine that GM came out with back then.

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Ryan,

I think Bruce Mclaren was killed in 1970. Is that who you were refering to ? Nonetheless some killer powerplants!
No we are talking about Bruce Falls, he was an engineer for Mclaren.

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Yea, I remember they had to be small cubic inch to be turbo. They really stretched those this out.
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Yea, I remember they had to be small cubic inch to be turbo. They really stretched those this out.
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Old 02-26-2006, 05:39 PM
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Yea, back then you had to be smaller to turbo or supercharge, but Diesels could be double the cubic inch. Fabio had a 4 engine diesel against al the twin petro boats.
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Ok, so let us in on this deal ? You found these engines in a farmers barn and you take them apart just for fun, do a photo shoot of all the cool stuff and the farmer has not shot you yet for trespassing? Is this a case of finders keepers ? or do you need to install them in my Cary to test them out now ?????
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Actually, I don't think he farms much, but it certainly is a great hide away...
Upon entering this place, you would never believe what is inside...

He had some fiberglass he wanted me to check out and I bumped into this covered pallet. I sneaked a peek and saw these tanks and braided stainless hoses all over the place, I just had to inspect further. First glance I was like, "What the hell is that ?!!"

The coolest set up I have seen was everthing was a quick connect to attach to the boat. See photo below. The wildest fittings I have ever scene! Must be military grade!
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Also found this in the barn too!
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