So I met this “old” guy…
I went to the LeMay open house, to attend the old car auction. On my way to the auction site, I stumbled across this cool looking ’32 Ford. It stopped me in my tracks, and it didn’t take long to notice that the car did not have an ordinary engine.
It was powered by a jet engine !
Lenny spent a fair amount of time with me, showing the various features of the car. He was fascinated when I told him that I used Ford F-1 shock mounts, split ‘bones etc. on my hot rod. He said: That what we did in the “old” days !
We dig those shocks !
Before embarking on the jet build, he spend lot’s of time racing his car.
Lenny also spent several years racing on the salt flats in the early fifties.
Lenny worked for Boeing in Seattle, so the jet engine solution was probably close to home.
He obviously got a bit of attention from the car magazines at the time.
Once he learned that I was born in Sweden, he told me he worked in Sweden for Volvo Airplane Division in the sixties.
Funny story: Most of the engineers in Sweden at that time spoke good English, but most of the mechanics did not. There was one air plane mechanic that really wanted to learn English, especially the name of various engine parts. So every time Lenny pointed out a part, the mechanic would pull out his note book and write it down.
One day they were working on an engine that was just run, and Lenny leaned in on the exhaust pipe and burned himself. He said “Hot Mother F…..he stopped abruptly, realizing that was not very nice language. As he walked away, he turned around and saw the mechanic mutter to himself while he wrote “Hot Mother” for the English name of the exhaust pipe.
We can only be grateful that Lenny did not complete the sentence !