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Old 15-10-2010, 06:22 AM   #1
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Anatomy of a Kiekhaefer Champion Maker race engine

This thread documents the building of a Kiekhaefer champion maker race engine. I am not going to include history on the engine, There are people here that I am sure can do a lot better job than me on that topic. Please feel free to add whatever information you can dig up. Thanks
Lets start with a few pictures.



The Man! Carl Kiekhaefer. Founder Mercury Marine and KAM. "Iron Fist" Read the book. Amazingly talented, Amazingly driven!





A mess maybe but these parts are like rocking horse shit.
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Wow!

You love a challenge Mike! Just for me and the other readers, where does the lawnmower go?
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Old 15-10-2010, 12:23 PM   #3
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Carl Kiekhaefer

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This is just a starter
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This is also very interesting as it involves another Racing legend...Jim Wynn

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You love a challenge Mike! Just for me and the other readers, where does the lawnmower go?
In the back shed, usually out of sight. I tell Brigitte it doesn't run.
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Lawnmower

Best give it away or she may try to get it fixed. Better still have it stolen.
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Hi Mike,


Nice post on the engines. I would really enjoy using a couple of those on
the boat. with a couple of spares on standby of course.

Cheers Duna
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Old 16-10-2010, 01:37 AM   #8
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By the time that lot's back together and shoehorned into place...




...That's gonna be one helluva lawnmower when you've finished...!!
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Hi Mike,


Nice post on the engines. I would really enjoy using a couple of those on
the boat. with a couple of spares on standby of course.

Cheers Duna
No Need for spares with these.



As far as I know Mr K's champion maker engines were the first offshore race engines to use a rev limiter. This is a mechanical set to points that centrifugally closes at a desired max RPM. Two brushes make contact with the under side of the rotating plate, these being wired in turn to the ignition box. The other components on the perimeter are for balancing the assembly


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Mr K...

From (I think) Powerboat & Waterskiing 1972 or 73...

As a teenager, I had cut-out the picture of Aeromarine IX to stick on a wall or locker, but for some strange (and fortuitous) reason had kept the offcut with Carl K on it... So the reverse side is surprisingly complete and readable - can hardly see the join..!

The frustration is that the article is incomplete, so lots of delving required to find a copy of PB & W with the middle page missing... don't know if it's one i kept!

Might need your photo-editing skills to enhance the picture, Nige...
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The shop is nearly clean, all the fiberglass dust nearly gone, I can actually see the floor. Sounds like time for a new project! Maybe we should stick to one at a time though, it keeps the wives at bay!
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Old 18-10-2010, 07:30 AM   #12
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Thanks for all the input, some great stuff. To have met Kiekhaefer at KAM and watch him test an engine, it doesn't any better than that.

Yes Eric, If I don't find another project soon Brigitte will have me fixing things around the house, that would never do, I have a reputation to uphold!

The Champion Maker exhaust headers had very long primary tubes set to develop maximum torque at 4500 rpm, these things are massive compared to Stellings and CMI headers.

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Are they Bassetts? i have a set of those
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From (I think) Powerboat & Waterskiing 1972 or 73...

The frustration is that the article is incomplete, so lots of delving required to find a copy of PB & W with the middle page missing... don't know if it's one i kept!

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Is there anybody down there in the pit.
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More rubbish.

I also have some Kiekhaefer drgs.

Installation Drg
Transom Inner Plate
Assembly Drive Plate
Main Drive Gear

These were used for `Unowot`.
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KE1 -3 (Unowot)
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Hey Graham,are you sure that the year was 1972?
I think that Balestrieri went to Kiekhaefer in 1973.
He was disgusted of roasts Mercruisers in 1972 and changed to the roasts of Kiekhaefers in 1973 before returning to Merc in the last two years of pre-retirement.
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Hey Graham,are you sure that the year was 1972?
I think that Balestrieri went to Kiekhaefer in 1973.
He was disgusted of roasts Mercruisers in 1972 and changed to the roasts of Kiekhaefers in 1973 before returning to Merc in the last two years of pre-retirement.
Yep! 1973 it must have been.Me eyes are going.Better keep Delta 28 company in the pit.
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Yep! 1973 it must have been.Me eyes are going.Better keep Delta 28 company in the pit.
Hello!



Mind if i use your back to climb out..?!

You'll love it down here...



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The start of a beautiful relationship...?

Or was there (I seem to remember) an Aeromarine I..?
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