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vinnygt
Vince Granato

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Alum flywheel?
Posted by: vinnygt
Date: April 21, 2020 01:46PM

Hello;

I have 2 aftermarket items that I wish to use for my HP Olds 215 project.

The alum oil pan I posted recently. The other item is a Weber alum flywheel. The question is how safe are these? The few references I was able to find; these are not too safe for HP applications. This has a steel surface friction plate and I have not sent out to have inspected for cracks or flaws (via fluorescent dye z-glow or eddy current machine, etc). Before I invest anymore into this flywheel with the inspections, re-surface & re-balance; If anyone has used or still running one of these Webers? Any input would be appreciated.

Thank you, Vince.
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mgb260
Jim Nichols
Sequim,WA
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02/29/2008 08:29PM

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1973 MGB roadster 260 Ford V8

Re: Alum oil pan & flywheel?
Posted by: mgb260
Date: April 21, 2020 02:18PM

I don't see a problem with an aluminum flywheel, especially with the steel wear plate. Some have trouble starting out without slipping the clutch.


88v8
Ivor Duarte
Gloucestershire UK
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02/11/2010 04:29AM

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1974 Land Rover Lightweight V8

Re: Alum flywheel?
Posted by: 88v8
Date: April 22, 2020 04:17AM

Hello and welcome.

Can't help with your specific flywheel, but there is some discussion on HAMB you may have seen
[www.jalopyjournal.com] where Weber is mentioned, with negative comment about cast alloy. So if this is cast as opposed to forged or billet, and you plan on a lot of revs or HP, perhaps better forget it.
After all, you only have one pair of legs.

There was an interesting discussion on flywheels here [forum.britishv8.org] and you'll find a lot more if you put Flywheel weight into the search box.

Ivor


roverman
Art Gertz
Winchester, CA.
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04/24/2009 11:02AM

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74' Jensen Healy, 79 Huff. GT 1, 74 MGB Lotus 907,2L

Re: Alum flywheel?
Posted by: roverman
Date: April 22, 2020 01:35PM

IF cast alum and ancient/corroded = PASS ! Any rem. metal supply, buy $10. worth of 6061-T6,( easiest to find) or even stronger, 7075-T6. New ring gear $30 ? Machine it exactly as you want. Bolt in Fidanza steel insert = done. Art.


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Curtis Jacobson
Portland Oregon
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10/12/2007 02:16AM

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71 MGBGT, Buick 215

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Re: Alum flywheel?
Posted by: Moderator
Date: April 24, 2020 02:18AM

Well... if you don't use it as a flywheel, it might make an awesome decor item. You could convert it into a wall clock, for example.


BlownMGB-V8
Jim Blackwood
9406 Gunpowder Rd., Florence, KY 41042
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10/23/2007 12:59PM

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1971 MGB Blown,Injected,Intercooled Buick 340/AA80E/JagIRS

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Re: Alum flywheel?
Posted by: BlownMGB-V8
Date: April 24, 2020 01:32PM

Good luck finding a chunk of 12-13" diameter or square x 1" thick billet aluminum anywhere for less than $100, even at the scrapyard. It also needs to be turned to accept a friction face and you have the cost of that too. Not quite as simple as it sounds. By the time you are done making the custom flywheel the aftermarket one doesn't sound quite so bad.

Jim


roverman
Art Gertz
Winchester, CA.
(3035 posts)

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74' Jensen Healy, 79 Huff. GT 1, 74 MGB Lotus 907,2L

Re: Alum flywheel?
Posted by: roverman
Date: April 28, 2020 11:39AM

Jim, your right about the $10. for remnant alum. What do you pay per lb. ? Why not put a Fidanza insert into the 215 Olds auto, flywheel ? I like your clock idea. Perhaps you could cut up one of your fabulous 300/340 iron lumps into a clock, or a coffee table ?
Cheers, Art.



roverman
Art Gertz
Winchester, CA.
(3035 posts)

Registered:
04/24/2009 11:02AM

Main British Car:
74' Jensen Healy, 79 Huff. GT 1, 74 MGB Lotus 907,2L

Re: Alum flywheel?
Posted by: roverman
Date: April 28, 2020 05:55PM

Sorree, clock by Curtis


BlownMGB-V8
Jim Blackwood
9406 Gunpowder Rd., Florence, KY 41042
(5920 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 12:59PM

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1971 MGB Blown,Injected,Intercooled Buick 340/AA80E/JagIRS

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Re: Alum flywheel?
Posted by: BlownMGB-V8
Date: April 29, 2020 09:38AM

Tell you what Art, if you have blanks suitable for making an aluminum flywheel lying around in your local scrapyard for ten bucks, go buy me a half dozen of them and I'll double your money.

Jim


roverman
Art Gertz
Winchester, CA.
(3035 posts)

Registered:
04/24/2009 11:02AM

Main British Car:
74' Jensen Healy, 79 Huff. GT 1, 74 MGB Lotus 907,2L

Re: Alum flywheel?
Posted by: roverman
Date: May 06, 2020 05:35PM

Too generous, I'd feel guilty.


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