Here is some additional information on the Peewee V-4 engine designed by Bob
The Casting Kit for the Peewee V-4 includes 6 castings, (1) Crank Case, (1)
Oil Pan, (1) Bell Housing, (1) Main Bearing Support, and (2) Cylinder
Heads. These castings are made from Alloy 356 Aluminum, and Heat Treated to
a -T6 Specification.
The Drawing Package includes (21) pages of 11" x 17" plans, (1) full size
Cam Cat Template, and (11) pages devoted to the Cam Cat that was designed by
Bob Shores and printed in SIC Magazine in the August / September 2000
issue, and a Cam Grinding Machine that was shown at NAMES, and designed by
The single template page for the Cam Cat is full size, and should be used
"as is" for the Cam Cat disk. There are (2) templates shown. The
difference between them is one is a mirror image of the other, and is
intended to be used if the Cam Cat Disk is toward the Tail Stock. Be very
careful in which one you choose to use. There are also (2) cam lobe
details, that could be used to make the "Master Cam Patterns" for use on a
cam grinding machine.
I have also includes a CD that has several tid bits of information, and lots
of pictures that Bob Shores and I made, when Bob was building the very
first V-4 engine.
I would like to take a few moments and shed a little light on the name
changes for these engines. Originally, Bob Shores chose the name "Pacifier"
for the V-4. While building the original engine, which had a 5/8" bore and
stroke, Bob changed the design, and opted to make a larger 3/4" bore and
stroke version. He felt that the larger size would be easier for a person
to make. The "Pacifier" name shall stay with this 3/4" size bore and stroke
As time went by, and Bob got the news that his Cancer was no longer in
remission, he made several decisions as to how his engine designs should be
preserved for the future builders. His family would continue to offer the
plan sets for several of his engines, and casting sets for the Hercules,
Silver Bullet, and both Eagle engines. Bob and I talked at length about the
V-4 project. We decided to change the name of the 5/8" bore and stroke
version to "Peewee V-4", in honor of his wife, Margaret Shores nick name
that most people call her by. Bob and Margaret also decided that I should
continue with the V-4 project, and make the Casting Kit available for other
builders. The project was not quite complete, and required some
improvements and corrections to the drawings. This Casting Kit is the
result of those changes.
The other version, the 3/4" bore and stroke engine was never cast or built
by Bob. He only completed the Match Plate and Core Boxes to make the
castings from, but the drawings were never completed. Of the actual 16
pages of drawings, there are only 4 devoted to this engine. His fight
with Cancer did not allow him to complete the project. He and Margaret also
decided that the BEAM Club, in California would receive this part of the V-4
project. Bob sent the Match Plate and Core Boxes to Ken Hurst. Ken has now
sent them to me, and I will have several sets of castings made to prove the
design, and complete the drawings. I will also make the patterns for the
Cylinder Heads for this engine. I feel that it will be several months
before this part of the V-4 project is completed.
While in Florida just after Bob had passed away, Margaret Shores decided
that I should take the Radiators over, as she had no idea of how Bob had
made these kits. I have under taken this task, and am very close to having
these items ready to market.
This is the story to date, May 2005. If I may be of assistance in answering
any questions, please feel free to contact me.
The first run of castings will be 12 sets. I will almost immediately
place another order with the foundry for 12 more, so there will be plenty
of casting kits.
I would prefer to sell the castings and plans as a single package. The
engine requires the castings to build it, but I guess one could hog the
engine from a solid.
The castings for the Peewee engine were proven by Bob Shores himself.
This was the last engine he built in the year and a half prior to his
passing. His engine ran, and is now placed away for safe keeping by his
Now we need to talk about other items.
I plan on using the US Mail for shipments. It is my understanding that
they have a package price of $7.50 for any weight, to any US address, as
long as it fits in the box. This is the most cost effective delivery I
Now to the cost of the Casting Sets. I am asking for $155.00, plus
shipping for the package for anyone who is not a member of the BAEM Club.
However, if you are a dew's paying member, I agreed to give them a
discount of $15.00. This was done because Bob Shores was a member of that
club. So if you are a member, then the cost is $140.00, plus shipping.
As to method of payment, I will accept a Check, or PayPal.
I am quite sure that you are aware that this engine is water cooled, and
requires a Radiator. Bob's wife, Margaret, gave me his tooling to make
the required parts for the Radiator kits. I have all the required
materials to make the kits on hand. However. I have made a real big
error. Long story, short, being a Machinist, I figured that I could
improve on the tooling, and clean up the press. Well, all was great,
until I removed the die from the press, and when I replaced it, I did not
get it aligned correctly, and ruined the punch. I have made the required
new punch, and it is being heat treated and ground at a friends Tool and
Die machine shop in Dallas. When I get it back, I hope to be more careful
this time. I hope to be making Radiator Kits soon. They will be $50.00,
plus shipping of around $3.50.
Dirk F. Tollenaar
1251 Alto Vista Loop
McKinney, TX 75069