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Re: The rest of the story of "Higby"

I was happy the "Higby" Flint ran well at the Spring Fling with it's retrofitted 14-L engine, I didn't have much of a shakedown run before the meet. I believe that James Star had the only problem on the tour, once we figured out that his Stewart Vacuum can wasn't cycling we were able to get him up and running by swapping parts from Higby's vacuum can as I was running with an electric fuel pump.

A brief History after I bought the H-40 Flint from Bob's son Dick Krause...At first I was going to give the Flint a full restoration then decided to just restore the '25 Flint back to 1957 when the students at the University of Portland (Iota Kappa Pi ) cleverly fixed the flint up for a Mascot Car and I would just have fun with the Flint for a few years...The Flint was pretty ragged around the edges, It needed a new top as well as the replacement of wood that was rotted from the top leaking, mostly around the rear window and back corners at the belt...The interior was original although the seats were covered with a blue plastic/vinyl, I made seat covers to somewhat match the old original door panels...The interior wood trim around the windows had been painted white and a couple pieces were missing....Although the original lettering on the splash aprons and the paternity crests on the doors had been painted over with black spray paint, I found that I could buff the black spray paint off and the detail came back nearly as good as new and required only some minor touch-up....When I picked the car up in Spirit lake for Lance and Gary the engine was running but seamed to have a vibration, and the clutch was slipping badly as I could hardly get the car up the ramp into the car hauler, I later found the springs in the pressure plate were collapsed was why the clutch was slipping and the vibration in the engine was from a slightly bent crankshaft near the rear main, also number 6 rod bearing wasn't the best...So with no parts available for the 6-W continental I decided to put the engine back together and drive the car easy and hope for the best....Well I found that the National meet in San Diego with freeways everywhere wasn't the place that you could drive easy, and then came that awful sound...Anyway, with the help of Phil, Bruce, and a couple of big marines that stopped by we loaded Higby up in the car hauler and headed for Yuma....What to do? After giving some thought I decided to upgrade the continental 6-W engine, the replacement engine would need to have an open bell housing, that pretty much would make it a 14-L (or 15-L) l knew Lance was about to modernizing his latest model 60 for freeway driving that they purchased from Gary K and was a very good running 14-L engine, I bought and installed that engine, I installed the engine without any modification to frame or cross member so that either a 6-W or a 14-L engine (with front adapter brackets) can be used...Oh, I also needed to install a rear dump manifold on the 14-L which Don sent up from Texarcana.

On an interesting note, a couple of weeks before the Spring Fling I took old Higby to the "Midnight at The Oasis" car show in Yuma, AZ, It is about a 1000 car show, one of the largest in the Southwest...I placed a couple different newspaper articles that Gary got from the archivist at the University of Portland newspaper from 1957 showing the flint after the students two month renovation, I was surprised to see people were elbow to elbow around the Flint all weekend, and were very much interested in the history of "Higby the University of Portland mascot car" as they were of the history of the Flint car itself... Bill

Midnight At The Oasis Car Show
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Spring Fling
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14-L conversion
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Where Are You From? Leavenworth, WA / Yuma, AZ

Do You own a car built by Durant? '25 Flint H-40 2door / '25 B-40 Touring / '29 D-40 Coupe / '23 A-22 Touring


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