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Post Sat Apr 06, 2002 9:11 am


Recieved an e-mail from an old friend with
interesting news...
He´s bought a midget with a Drake Knuckle in
Any info on the Drake engines available out

john k. endrizzi

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Post Sat Apr 06, 2002 3:27 pm

Hi Anders,
I can't give you specifics, but one of the "California" magizines did an in depth article on the water cooled Drake Knuckles a couple years ago. It went into the backround of the man and was a very interesting little history.Unfortunately due to mysterious memory loss I can't bring the source to mind...........possibly due to the ravages of the 60's!

Smoke 'em till the wheels fall off!

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Post Mon Apr 08, 2002 5:17 pm

Back in the mid 70's Easyrider Magazine did an article on "water cooled knuckleheads" with several pictures. I can't remember what year but maybe if you contacted them they might be of assistance.
-little stan

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Post Mon Apr 08, 2002 8:32 pm

I think it's reprinted in one one the Easyrider Tech books (#1??)

As I remember...it shows plumbing....

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Post Thu Apr 11, 2002 1:47 pm

I remember an article, with pics, in the novelty softcover, "Earlyriders". A water-cooled knuckle with jackets on the jugs; but I don't recall the Drake name! Midget racers were the application , though.


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Post Thu Apr 11, 2002 5:01 pm

Admin, I have a copy of that article in my hand. I will try to get it scanned and to you today. as of this article a guy named Edgar Elder is supposed to have the original patterns


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Post Thu Apr 11, 2002 11:28 pm

I think Albert Drake was from Portland Oregon. His kid is alive and writes for one of the hot rod mags. Streetrodder Rodder digest or such. He also has a book out about racing (cars and midgets) in the 40's and 50's ..Perhaps you can buy the book or magazine and contact him! Hope this helps.


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Post Fri Apr 12, 2002 2:16 am

There are only two cars that I regret selling, a two man race car from the '30's and a Knuckle head powered midget. I had the midget for about an hour and a friend asked if I'd sell it. Sure did, and for $100.00! it was the early 1970's and I can't fit in a midget. Turned out to be a Pop Dryer built car for Bill Schindler, one of the top drivers in the '40-'50's. It is under retoration now on the other side of the state.


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Post Fri Apr 12, 2002 2:40 am

Anders the article is on the way to the "info" e-mail...jb

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