Our High Line Series features scale models of the newest Cat® machines, packaged in full-color metal boxes. And, available production figures support this fact. The last year for the aluminium engine was 1964. Hydraulic valve tappets and full flow oil filter were added to assure quiet operation and a long life. If you need a part that you don't see here, feel free to send me a note of what you are looking for.
If all Classic 400 models sold in 1962 were equipped with the standard aluminium engine,, there would have been 58,057 aluminium engines sold in 1962. Also, owner maintenance of the aluminium engine was a cause of failure. Again thank you very much for visiting our site and we welcome any questions or feedback. For all the effort that went into the development of this engine, those sales figures are very disappointing, to say the least. Doehler-Jarvis was responsible for the production of the aluminium blocks in its Toledo, Ohio plant.
Auto makers were crazy about aluminium engines. The problem was the combination of cast iron head and aluminium block which caused problems due to electrolysis and differing rates of expansion and contraction. The Evolution Series brings together old and new Cat® machine models. For the first year of its introduction, 1961, the aluminium engine was offered as an option on Deluxe and Super models of the full sized Rambler Classics. The press releases disclosed that the lighter engine permitted better balance and weight distribution which promoted greater stability and easier handling. For those customers who really did not want the aluminium engine,, the old reliable cast iron six was available on the 400 line as an option, presumably at no cost. For our International customers there is a link to order product from our distributors in Canada, Europe, and Australia.
A bitter pill swallowed quietly. Diecast Masters models are available for sale at Cat® Dealers, retail stores, and at many on-line merchants. Throughout the years Liberty has produced product for such companies as Spec Cast, Racing Champions, Canadian Tire, Home Hardware, Car Quest, Pep Boys, Texaco and Napa to name a few. America's first die-cast aluminium block six. Even if a fraction of the cars in 1962 actually were equipped with the aluminium engine, the total installed would have been significantly greater than the 300 plus we have estimated for 1961. In 1998, Liberty Classics dedicated themselves, their experience and their resources to develop a line for retail.
Though the press releases in 1961 stated that full-flow oil filters and hydraulic valve lifters were used, the data books tell us another story - solid lifters and partial-flow filters were standard. A full-flow oil filter was standard equipment. Unfortunately, if the engine coolant got low or the car over heated, damage to the aluminium block was almost a certainty. The aluminium engine required more stringent compliance with the maintenance schedule than the cast iron engine, and owners either were not clearly advised about this special requirement, or they just treated the engine as they would have treated a standard cast iron engine. Also if you are interested in having a custom vehicle, tractor trailer, airplane or revolving light produced with your company logo or organization, make sure to visit our custom imprint link. The crankshaft was completely balanced for smooth vibrationless performance. And our Elite Series models bring the largest Cat® machines down to a size you can hold in the palm of your hand — in exquisite 1:125 scale.
During the developmental stage of the aluminium engine, it was tested by the use of the latest aircraft industry method of applying cemented plastic with polarised light to establish static and dynamic stress points. Exactly 4,939 aluminium engines were installed in 1964 Classics. The original mission of the company was to produce die cast models for the ad specialty and premium markets custom imprint. Our Core Classics Series models reflect the scope of machines working every day at construction sites, mines and quarries, agricultural and industrial sites. The block was made of a special aluminium-silicon alloy for hardness and controlled temperature expansion. If you need help locating a seller in your part of the world, please contact one of our. From this figure it is possible to make a rough guess as to the number of these engines installed as optional equipment on the Classic Deluxe and Super models.
Hydraulic valve lifters were used exclusively for quiet operation and a newly designed oil pump eliminated the possibility of hydraulic lock and assured proper pressure calibration. Vintage toy catalogs have also been added. Again, the survival rate is very low. We are now down to around 300 engines sold. The new engine was the result of a co-operative research and development program between American Motors and the Doehler-Jarvis Division of National Lead Company. The main and connecting rod bearings were steel-backed copper-lead alloy for longer service life. Topping off the aluminium engine block was a cast iron head featuring integral valve guides and new exhaust valves.
Assuming that the average driver in 1961 drove approximately 12,000 miles a year and adjusting this figure to compensate for the fact that some cars were bought when first introduced and others toward the end of the 1961 sales year, we could say that about 500 engines found buyers. Please include as much information as you can about the item. The use of these parts will be entirely up to you. For one thing the aluminium engine was unpainted. Precision, high-pressure die-casting processes assured absolute uniformity and high quality.
Running night and day, week after week, ten Ramblers powered by the new aluminium block engine piled up a total of 1,000,000 miles of gruelling, high speed driving to prove beyond any question the superb durability, economy and performance of the most advanced engine on the American road. Nevertheless, the aluminium engine was made available for fleet applications in the Rambulance and in taxicabs, which demonstrates a high degree of confidence in the new design. We can not be held responsible for any damage to your models or bodily harm you may incur while using the items. Also visit the links below to order our product. . The new engine demonstrated improved performance which was attributed to a redesigned intake manifold which provided increased fuel-air velocity. Welcome to Liberty Classics Liberty Classics was formed in 1991 by the Stoneman family.
Our Commemorative Series models demonstrate unique takes on very special collectables. These can be from damaged cars, Cars I robbed parts from, after market parts made by other companies or resin cast parts that I do myself. The Liberty team has developed and introduced over 95 unique tools, most of which had never been tooled in scale die-cast before. When an owner did experience difficulties with the aluminium engine, dealerships would usually replace the engine with a cast iron substitute rather than attempt repairs. Just over 60,000 Classic 770 models were sold in 1963. For 1963 the aluminium engine was standard on the Classic 770 and optional on the 550 and 660.