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Fred Foster Twin Cam Grey motor was apparently made before Waggott . This is only one known to survive other one went missing both used in boats . Cast in Brisbane apparently . Late 1952. A self taught and fulltime metallurgical genius Fred Foster got the ball rolling with his six part alloy sandwich. It was a brilliantly simple design based on some $5 plans chalked into his floor at Fosters factory. There were separate castings for each over head cam valve cover, another casting down the front of the engine which was the front cover for the chain drive to the cams, as well as mounting for various auxiliary drives. Then there were two head castings , modelled of the Norton Manx valve layout, and this amounted to a 140 hp engine with just 132.5 cubes and a very mild set of twin camshafts running 270 degrees duration. With six carbs, the skiff 'Fossey', this little grunter took the American 135 cubic inch records from the V8/60 Flattie Ford V8'S. Oh and he made a 132.5ci V12 from scratch alloy block and heads it survives

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What a bewdy, love to see it in action..

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It makes the grey motor look like a V6/Straight 6 hybrid...

Were there any estimates to what sort of power increase this
head and the 6 carbies have on the grey motor performance?

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Love to see that in action.

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I love seeing this old stuff.
People who can do this kind of thing with the technology they used are a rare breed today.
Today it would be done on a CNC machine programmed by some nerdy kid. There is a great you tube video of a Bugatti Veyron (?) engine block being machined from a billet, but it just doesn't seem the same.
David

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Old is good.

Costs around 20k for a fluid change! l have also seen 132,s with external water pipes in boats that would rev there heads off an not blow up

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Life is too brief to build ya own time machine
With out old Aussie products an a few blurbombs 🥃🥃🥃🥃🥃🥃.

I have an old magazine somewhere with an article on grey motors showing all the iterations like repco head, waggot etc and what sort of horsepower they were getting out of them. One of them boasted 200HP from memory. The crank shafts sufffered from vibration and failure at around 6,200 revs so you just had to be above 6,200 or stay below it! I picked up an old marinised grey motor in NZ about 30 years ago and the other club member sold off the marine stuff. When I returned to Australia I brought that motor back with the container of furniture. I gave it to a mate with an FJ Army Ute so that it was not modified! Hopefully it still has the grey in it. I used to shave 80 thou off the head with a surface grinder back in the early 70's to up the compression and it still idled smoothly but would get up and go quite well. I never ever killed a grey motor and only one grey gearbox when I changed back to second gear outside my girlfriends house. The layshaft broke in two! I also brought back a grey motor block that has never had an engine number stamped on it. It has the timing mark on the number pad only. I removed it from an FC Wagon I picked up in Hastings for $50...... Ah,those were the days!
I'll have a grey any day!
Cheers,
Ron

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