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    Im looking for some information on Hank the crank (HTC) crankshafts. Anyone have some to share?
    I did a google search, but recived very little information.

    Thanks in advance, be safe. schick
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    I think you might have to travel back in time. I have not heard that name in 20 years. (not that that means anything)
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    Quote Originally Posted by schick View Post
    Im looking for some information on Hank the crank (HTC) crankshafts. Anyone have some to share?
    I did a google search, but recived very little information.

    Thanks in advance, be safe. schick
    You are right, google had about nothng....They used to have a top notch rep. back in the..........70's..early 80's...damn...40 years where did they go?
    Used to be a lot of the top fuel guys used them...stroker motors...where they actually had to weld up the journals and offset grind them...
    kinda primitive eh
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    Well, Google showed this right off the bat, says the website is coming soon???, I hear the name every once in a while and seems like they're still going strong???...


    Hank the Crank / HTC
    10640 S Garfield Avenue
    South Gate, CA 90280

    Website: www.hankthecrank.com
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    Hank Bechtloff goes way back further than that. He started at The Crankshaft Company in down town Los Angeles. He moved his way up to the head machinest by the late 50s. He ground tons of Offy cranks for Indy cars. If it was an Offy, Hank ground the crank. He struck out on his own some sometime around the mid 60s and set up shop on Lakershim in North Hollwood, specializing in properly done cranks including welding strokers. And the cost was as expected for the type of work done. Then he closed shop to the general public and went major league high end. Later, he re-opened on Garfield Ave, in SouthGate. He had a near fatal heart attack a couple of years ago, and his son Scott had been running the place. If they aren't still there, they are probably gone. The web page says it "coming soon". Don't know if you were just curious or looking to have work done. There are alot of good crank grinders out there. Hank was the best of the best. But the cost was way to prohibitive for the average guy. And he stayed plenty busy just doing stuff for those with the $$$$$$. He also pioneered the hard anodized pistons for Top Fuel.



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    Thanks for the info guys. I'm asking because have the opportunity to pick one pretty cheep. It's a 4.5" stroke. I was told one journal was ground too large. This was caught after a short run, and reground. This story sounds suspect after hearing your information gn7. A shop with those clients don't have miss ground cranks slipping out the door.
    What would a HTC 4.5" internally balanced crank be worth in run able condition?

    Thanks again for the information, Be safe. schick
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    Quote Originally Posted by gn7 View Post
    Hank Bechtloff goes way back further than that. He started at The Crankshaft Company in down town Los Angeles. He moved his way up to the head machinest by the late 50s. He ground tons of Offy cranks for Indy cars. If it was an Offy, Hank ground the crank. He struck out on his own some sometime around the mid 60s and set up shop on Lakershim in North Hollwood, specializing in properly done cranks including welding strokers. And the cost was as expected for the type of work done. Then he closed shop to the general public and went major league high end. Later, he re-opened on Garfield Ave, in SouthGate. He had a near fatal heart attack a couple of years ago, and his son Scott had been running the place. If they aren't still there, they are probably gone. The web page says it "coming soon". Don't know if you were just curious or looking to have work done. There are alot of good crank grinders out there. Hank was the best of the best. But the cost was way to prohibitive for the average guy. And he stayed plenty busy just doing stuff for those with the $$$$$$. He also pioneered the hard anodized pistons for Top Fuel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by schick View Post
    ...have the opportunity to pick one pretty cheep. It's a 4.5" stroke. I was told one journal was ground too large. This was caught after a short run, and reground. This story sounds suspect after hearing your information gn7. A shop with those clients don't have miss ground cranks slipping out the door.
    Mistakes can happen to anyone. Also, remember that Hank is retired now, and so if it is a recent release then he probably never had his hands on that crankshaft if it really came from that shop, and so...mistakes can happen.

    The o/s journal is a moot point anyway if the crank was checked out and reground.
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    Make sure of the details of this one.
    I have heard people incorrectly call Henry Velasco stuff as "hank the crank" products. Although Velasco makes great crankshafts. Just something to beware of.
    And while we are speaking of such things, "Jimmy The Crank" just showed back up in south east Phoenix, working with Baker Machinery. That guy is an artist as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by schick View Post
    Thanks for the info guys. I'm asking because have the opportunity to pick one pretty cheep. It's a 4.5" stroke. I was told one journal was ground too large. This was caught after a short run, and reground. This story sounds suspect after hearing your information gn7. A shop with those clients don't have miss ground cranks slipping out the door.
    What would a HTC 4.5" internally balanced crank be worth in run able condition?

    Thanks again for the information, Be safe. schick
    The problem with cranks is, if you don't know their history, the thing could be hald dead. N/A deal in drag car, with reasonable number of runs, or a NOS 8500 RPM deal that was removed because it was deemed "done" The problem with crank in that stroke range is that they can only take so much for so long. At 4.5", the main to rod pin overlap is almost non existent.

    I don't fully understand the "short" thing. As in, it was run for a short time? Or that they caught this after a short run of production. Because if it is a short run of production, I doubt that story is true. Unless things changed there alot. I don't remember HTC making production runs. Every HTC crank I ever saw was serial numbered, and they had a built sheet for it on file. Each crank came with a spec sheet that had measurements on it you would need some fairly pricely stuff just to disprove. How many people have the equipment to check the throw index to +/- arc minutes. Or even the stroke too +/- .0001? It wouldn't take but a set of stamps to pound "HTC" into a crank counter weight.



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    I have one of his crank shafts with a 3.810" stroke.. Pretty nice crank.. Actually getting ready to build a 482 with it..
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    I just googled HTC and guess what came up. 25 years ago I had on of his cranks in my PS engine never had a problem. I toying with the idea of building a new engine for a PS boat. What is your opinion on a great crank. PS I'm thinking about spinning it 8K +. Big bore 4.60 short stroke 3.76
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    Quote Originally Posted by rocket98 View Post
    I just googled HTC and guess what came up. 25 years ago I had on of his cranks in my PS engine never had a problem. I toying with the idea of building a new engine for a PS boat. What is your opinion on a great crank. PS I'm thinking about spinning it 8K +. Big bore 4.60 short stroke 3.76
    better yet. Go look up HTC in the community listings for this site, and you'll see he joined and signed on when this thread originally ran. I guess he was checking up in himself on Google and this thread popped up.

    The man is a wealth of knowledge AND history.



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    Whoever the woman was that answered the phone there.....really sharp. Was an act of God to try to get to talk to Hank. But whoever this woman was knew her stuff.
    Long gone I imagine.

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