Devin Crosley Project
A friend of mine took on this project from a person from ILL. Then it came
to my shop for work. The car is a Devin fiberglass body over a home made
frame . The drive train is from a Crosley. We thought the car was from the
early to mid 50's . It was found in Indiana mostly complete.
The engine that was in the car was rusted bad in the cylinders . And would
need to be sleeved . But the bottom end was in good shape.
The owner of the car supplyed another engine that was an outboard boat
engine. This engine was from what I was told at the time an OMC . When
crosley went belly up , the rights to the engine were sold to OMC. They re
did the engine to run standing upright for outboard use. Kind of neat.
The boat engine was in good shape. So I used the upped jug , pistons , rods
on the lower end of the car engine. With new bearings , rings , seals , cam
, oil pump , and gaskits. Put the engine together. I painted it detroit
diesel silver to give the engine that " Offy look " we were looking for.
I remade the rad mounts , front engine mount , and master cylinder mounts .
Rebuilt the brake system which had the Goodyear Hawley disc brake set up on
the car. I had someone make up wheel adaptors to mount on knock off spoke
I got the engine into the car , made up a new fire wall out of aluminum .
Cleaned and painted the MG TF transmission . Had to rework the adaptor for
the trans so it would work better. Was almost to the finsh , when my friend
became very sick. Shortly after , he passed away. The owner of the car
picked it up . and I haven't seen it since. So I don't really know what
happened to it.
But in all , it was a very fun and challenging project that i'll never
Sadly , many of the pictures I took along the way of this project were
taken. What you see , are the picture I have left to remember what I did.
This build happened between 02 and 03.
Thanks for taking the time to watch and read all of this.
1957 Devin Special Vintage Race Car All Aluminum Buick V8
1957 Devin Special for sale! The "Gary Special", S-71527 racer purpose
built at Devin's El Monte, CA location. Raced in California by Don
McQuilken, and later by Donald Shaw in Canada. Has had a complete body off
restoration. The engine is a race built Buick 215 alloy V8 engine running
10:1 compression, aluminum radiator, Edelbrock carburetor, Offenhauser
intake and valve covers running to an aluminum T-10 4 speed manual
transmission with a hydraulic clutch. All inner body panels and firewall
are aluminum. Reupholstered aluminum seats, new interior and carpet. Rack
and pinion steering, front disc brakes, quick release steering wheel, rear
aluminum finned drum brakes, coil over front suspension, and leaf springs
in the rear connecting to the highly modified TR chassis. New Dayton wire
wheels with knock offs wrapped in BF Goodrich radial performance tires, and
turn signals for road use. Thanks for taking a look!
The "Gary Special" was race purpose built at the Devin, El Monte, CA
location with the assistance of James Gary, Esq. The car was entered in the
1957 Concours d'Elegance and participated in several California races in
1957. The car was featured in several Devin ads.
Following the 1957 season, the car was sold to Donald Shaw in Ontario,
Canada. Shaw raced the car through several seasons. At some point, the car
was re-powered with a race purpose built Buick 215.
This is a complete body-off restoration. The engine was completely rebuilt
to original specs, but de-tuned from CR 12.7/1 to 10/1. Aluminum radiator,
electric fan with aluminum shroud, Edelbrock carb., aluminum Offenhauser
intake and valve covers. Hydraulic clutch, aluminum T-10 four-speed
transmission. All inner panels and firewall are aluminum. Body was
undamaged. Original 72-spoke wires with Pirellis (available) were replaced
with new chrome knock-off Daytons and BFG performance tires. Aluminum seats
reupholstered, new interior and carpet. Steering column replaced with
Ididit, quick-release steering wheel, turn signals for road use. Rack and
pinion steering, front disc brakes, rear finned aluminum drum brakes.
Coil-over front suspension and leaf spring on highly modified TR chassis.
Prior to completion, car was shown at 2011 Detroit Autorama, 4th Place and
St. Johns Concours d'Elegance 2011.
Filmed at Gateway Classic Cars near St Louis, Missouri
The background music track is Whiskey on the Mississippi by Kevin MacLeod.
Available under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.
Instruments: Guitar, Bass, Kit, Organ, EP
With a jumping bass and off-beat syncopation, this is straight from
Memphis' Beale Street. The Hammond organ and electric guitar play together
as longtime friends, while the melody changes hands from guitar to organ to
electric piano. 011
Bouncy, Grooving 2010
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