We recently acquired a 3-71 GMC blower setup for early Cadillac engines. It was from the Denver area, and we were told it was one of one, built by John Bandimere. It has a ’54 Cadillac carb and distinct oiling lines.
As near as I can see, it is identical to the blower setup pictured on Norm Grabowski’s T-bucket in the Oct. ’55 issue of HOT ROD and in the HR Deluxe article “Giving Birth to the T-bucket” (Mar. 2013).
What do you think? I have attached some pictures of it as it is now. Look at the oil lines where a regulator would have rubbed. There are also scratches on the snout in the same area where an oil fill tube is pictured in the article. Also look at the distinctive rear cover. The original air cleaner was gone; the one on it now is a piece I had.
We showed these photos to several members of our brain trust, including Greg Sharp of the NHRA Museum, who said, “I’m not sure there’s enough evidence here to prove it one way or another. It certainly looks similar. How and why the blower from Grabowski’s car would end up in Denver I have no clue. Too bad we can’t ask Norm.”
Greg went on to point out that John Bandimere “was involved with blower technology early on, to the extent that he had a blown brand-new ’55 Chevy at the ’55 NHRA Nationals at Great Bend.” We showed an example of Bandimere’s supercharging handiwork back in the Nov. ’11 Rickman retrospective: a fuel-injected Chevy “Black Widow” that Bandimere had fitted with a Mcculloch blower.