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Tucker flat six - 1948

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Tucker flat six - 1948

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quasi Report This Comment
Date: October 11, 2011 08:34AM

Originally designed for use in the Bell 47 helicopter, the 334ci, 166hp engine was modified for use in the Tucker automobile, including the switch from air cooling to water cooling. The Tucker was a car ahead of it's time, and not just because of it's rear mounted, six cylinder, powerful (for it's day),"boxer" engine. The company was crushed by the big three (GM, Ford, Chrysler) in the U.S. using their political connections.
Mrkim Report This Comment
Date: October 11, 2011 10:21AM

The "boxer" design is simplicity at work, just not very space efficient although it does lead to the possibility of lower hood lines. The directly opposing forces on the crank is a great design and sadly Subaru and Porsche are the only 2 manufacturers in recent times to use it in cars.

BMW bikes have always used this design as far as I can tell. Beemers are marvelous bikes too, but also the Cadillacs of the bike world price wise spinning
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fossil_digger Report This Comment
Date: October 11, 2011 10:30AM

....Ducati
Mrkim Report This Comment
Date: October 11, 2011 11:18AM

Yeah but comparin Ducatis to Beemers is like comparin Porsches to Lambos grinning
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woberto Report This Comment
Date: October 11, 2011 08:48PM

This one?
quasi Report This Comment
Date: October 11, 2011 09:32PM

That one, woberto. They managed to build something like fifty of them (I don't recall the actual number and I'm not looking it up now) before being shut down. Also the subject of the movie "Tucker: A Man and His Dream" starring Jeff Bridges as Preston Tucker with his dad Lloyd Bridges playing a nasty U.S. Senator. Most of the cars are still around.
fossil_digger Report This Comment
Date: October 11, 2011 10:31PM

the one you posted also wobbie (that i can't find for some reason), from a vineyard visit of yours
woberto Report This Comment
Date: October 12, 2011 01:26AM

Oh yeah, the winery.
quasi Report This Comment
Date: October 12, 2011 05:44AM

Here's a pretty good article with some good pictures.

[en.wikipedia.org]
Mrkim Report This Comment
Date: October 12, 2011 08:15AM

Thanks for the interesting read quasi smileys
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From the info it appears Tucker was quite an innovator which leads me to wonder what interesting developments might have eventually come out of their factory had they stayed in business.

It's not hard to see how Tuckers radical departures in design and safety would have shaken the Big 3 to their core, nor how they likely used their powers to quash Tuckers operation sad smiley

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quasi Report This Comment
Date: October 12, 2011 10:00AM

Re: Preston Tucker

[en.wikipedia.org]



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 12/10/2011 10:01AM by quasi.