Found your site by accident. I purchased the "Birdcage" from Causey
after the engine was blown. Can provide more history.
Thank you for your reply.
I was living in Indianapolis, Indiana at the time. David Causey and his twin brother Dean lived in
Carmel, Indiana, a northern suburb of Indianapolis.
The engine was blown, with a connecting rod punching a hole through the aluminum block.
The reason for the thrown rod was Causey had fabricated a larger oil tank. For some reason
welding residue inside the tank was not completely cleaned out. Oil starvation on either the #2 or #3
rod caused bearing failure. I cannot remember which it was...it's been 40 years ago.
There was a manual with the car, but it was printed in Italian. I managed to find a graduate
student at Indiana University who attempted to translate it for me. This way I was able
to find clearances, settings etc.
I stripped the engine down, had the crankshaft turned to clean up the throws and had a
patch inserted and welded (heliarced) into the block. Then had the block line bored to
make sure it was in line. Found rods and pistons from PPG.
Painted the car in Maserati red, painted the tubes silver, repaired (welded) the breaks
and separations in the frame tubes.
The interior color, if you're interested... the seats were upholstered in a sort of velour
material in a color between blue and purple. Dave Causey always called it "coffin blue".
I had them re-done in black leather before it was sold.
Installed, and could only get it to run for minutes at a time. Took to a race at
Indianapolis Raceway Park but did not get it to start.
Due to divorce, personal problems, etc. the ex-wife sold the car. I was told, but
cannot verify, that it was sold to someone in the state of Ohio, who planned to
install a small block Buick engine. I do not know if this ever happended.
The Causey twins were very active in Sports Car Club of America racing at the
time. Dave tended toward big bore cars, C and D Jaguars, Dean very competive
in smaller engine cars, particularly Porsche.
C. L. McDaniel."