1917 Curtiss OXX-6 Aero Engine Race Car

1917 Curtiss OXX-6 Aero Engine. This is what the car will look like when the project is complete. Engine I purchased plus an almost complete spare engine for parts. After its arrival at my shop in Rhode Island, my crew wasted no time in making a custom rolling frame to house the new Curtiss aero engine and began dismantling the engine.
After its arrival at my shop in Rhode Island, my crew wasted no time in making a custom rolling frame to house the new Curtiss aero engine and began dismantling the engine. After looking through my "project car" inventory in my downtown warehouse, I picked a period-correct 1917 Cadillac chassis to be used for the new race car project. After looking through my "project car" inventory in my downtown warehouse, I picked a period-correct 1917 Cadillac chassis to be used for the new race car project. Left side view of race car chassis after fenders, splash aprons, and wheels etc. were removed.
Left side view of race car chassis after fenders, splash aprons, and wheels etc. were removed. Chassis is stripped of all previous body parts. Proper steering box and pitman arm Is located and fitted to the chassis. Tie rod had to be removed, straightened, and relocated to its correct position on the chassis.
After close inspection, it was noted that severe pitting was present on the front rails of the chassis. 37 inches of the left side top rail must be replaced. The pitted sections were measured so that the proper 3/16 inch thick replacement pieces could be ordered. The pitted sections were measured so that the proper 3/16 inch thick replacement pieces could be ordered.
The complete chassis was taken to the sand blasting shop where it was steam cleaned, sand blasted, and painted. The newly painted chassis is being loaded into the trailer to be returned to our shop. The newly painted chassis is being loaded into the trailer to be returned to our shop. The newly sand blasted and painted chassis as it arrived at our shop.
The newly sand blasted and painted chassis as it arrived at our shop. The pitted section has been removed. The new steel section being fitted to the chassis. The new steel section being clamped in place before the welding.
The section is tacked in place before the final weld. The new steel sections being welded to the chassis. The new steel sections being welded to the chassis. The new steel sections being welded to the chassis.
The new steel sections being welded to the chassis. Left side rail piece is welded into place. The weld must be ground and surfaced. Left rail after the weld is ground and resurfaced.
Left rail after the weld is ground and resurfaced. Completed chassis after the new steel has been added and resurfaced. Brock filling tiny pits on the left side rail. Finished section of chassis.
It was noted that the front springs were not curved (arked) enough causing them to ride too close to the tie rods. They were removed and will be reshaped. Several “fat man” wheels were used for parts in order to produce an excellent usable steering wheel for this project Several “fat man” wheels were used for parts in order to produce an excellent usable steering wheel for this project The complete engine has been dismantled and will be rebuilt.
The complete engine has been dismantled and will be rebuilt. Over thirty matching grease cups have been located, restored, and placed in the appropriate locations on the restored chassis. This view is of the left rear. Matching grease cups on right rear located in new rear leaf spring. Bobby Esposito replacing the pistons and rings in the newly restored engine.
Bobby Esposito replacing the pistons and rings in the newly restored engine. The completed body arrives. The ramp truck made the transfer to the chassis quite simple. The ramp truck made the transfer to the chassis quite simple.
New body in place on chassis.. We are amazed as to how nicely the body fits to the completed chassis. Body in place with gas tank that may be used for this project. View of completed body and diamond tufted seats.
Engine pan cleaned, repaired, and fitted with new pan gasket ready for the engine. Brock and Esposito attaching the restored oil pan. Steering box removed and body moved back in order to accept the engine. A vintage Fleichman Brothers Radiator which is period correct for this project was located and placed on the chassis.
A vintage Fleichman Brothers Radiator which is period correct for this project was located and placed on the chassis. Pat, Justin, and Bobby admiring the OXX6 engine in place as it will sit permanently. Engine and radiator in place so custom motor mounts can be fabricated. Engine and radiator in place so custom motor mounts can be fabricated.
Custom motor mounts after fabrication. Custom motor mounts after fabrication. A very rare Curtiss radiator mascot has been located and it will be placed on the radiator. Left and right rubber bumpers were fabricated and placed on the left and right side spring tops between the springs and chassis.
Left and right rubber bumpers were fabricated and placed on the left and right side spring tops between the springs and chassis. A gas tank (front) and oil tank (rear) has been located and fitted to the body. A gas tank (front) and oil tank (rear) has been located and fitted to the body.