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Lord K's Garage - #84. Ralph Schenck Streamliner

A 1940 superfast hotrod suitable for any superhero of the era.

Little is known about this fantastic machine. Hot Rods on Line tells us: "Ralph Schenck had raced a roadster at the dry lakes in the 1930's, and in 1939 he decided to build a streamliner. He designed the body (reminiscent of the Harry Miller Submarine car) and built the chassis and frame while Joaquin Grosso formed the aluminum panels.

A 183-cubic inch Chevrolet block with an Oldsmobile head was fitted with a Ford crankshaft and rods and a Winfield cam. It made it's debut at Harper Dry lakebed on May 19, 1940 and achieved a top speed of 118.57 mph. After many runs, the car was sold in 1945. "

Photo via Kustomrama

At an SCTA meet in 1948, this car, owned by Henrich and Seaton of the Quarter Milers club, ran 112.07 mph in the C Streamliner class.

Daniel Strohl of Hemmings blog posted two articles about this streamliner. A photograph (presumably taken in 1940) from the latest article is above, the previous one has more pictures and absolutely fascinating comments, including some from Ralph Schenck's son Dave and from Terry Baldwin who actually owns the car.

In 2010, the fully restored Schenck Streamliner has been exhibited at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance and made a sort of sensation. Here are some photos from Pebble Beach:

And three shots from a 91-image set by Jimmy Bs 1925 Chev @ Flickr, posted by the author to Ozzrodders forum:

One historic picture, taken at some dry lake event, is available from Kustomrama:

And finally, a nice artwork by Jeff Norwell published in his Drawn & Quartered blog:

Special thanks to Supercars, Ultimatecarpage and Jalopy Journal Forum

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Comment by Gerry Swetsky on July 18, 2011 at 3:19am

I take issue with the engine description, specifically where it says a Chevy engine with a Ford Model B crank.  What is the possibility a Ford crank would fit a Chevy block?  The stroke would have to be the same, the main bearings would have to be in the same location and of the same diameter on both blocks, the distance between the cylinders would have to be identical and what else?  Other descriptions of this engine mention a Hudson water pump.  WHY?

 

Sorry, but I'm skeptical of the description of this car.

 

Gerry

Comment by lord_k on April 16, 2011 at 7:39am
I can understand those who paid $150 last year just to see this little monster and its former rivals.
Comment by Larry on April 15, 2011 at 8:23pm

Lord_K, You find the coolest stuff.

Comment by Piper Williams on April 15, 2011 at 7:51pm

It's a tank.. it's a mobile bunker.. it's a super streamlined diesel-magnet. . and I'll take one.

Great post, Lord_K

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