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Old 08-05-2008, 10:46 AM   #1
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Default Tom Cobbs: Part 2

When we last left you, Tom Cobbs had just lost the first ever legal drag race to Fran Hernandez. In doing so, he became the first to race a blown flathead Ford and the first to race against a nitro fueled car. Of course, we went on to tell you about ...

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Old 08-05-2008, 11:16 AM   #2
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Holy Shit!!! This is like the Atlantis of Hot Rodding finds. How lucky does one have to be to study this stuff first hand straight out of the garage of Cobbs. He really was a remarkable man with a story that NEEDS to be shared. Damn it, I am pumped to see that roadster.
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Old 08-05-2008, 11:20 AM   #3
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Amazing!
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Fantastic read.
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Old 08-05-2008, 11:41 AM   #5
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Unbelievable! Very, very cool stuff!
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Old 08-05-2008, 12:00 PM   #6
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wow.... There should be a book written on this... and what a story it would be... thanks Ryan!
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Old 08-05-2008, 12:09 PM   #7
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Awesome! So nobody ever got the chance to ask him why he left hotrodding? I guess he probably never left it just by the fact that he kept all his stuff.
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Old 08-05-2008, 12:18 PM   #8
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Great read! I had heard Cobbs name at Bonneville over the years, but didn't know anything about the man. Thanks for doing the digging Ryan. I love this kind of history.
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Old 08-05-2008, 12:22 PM   #9
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Great can't wait to read the next chapter.
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Old 08-05-2008, 01:16 PM   #10
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Wow. What a wonderful piece of written history. This series has been just as good and just as exciting as the Bob Roddick story. I can't wait to see more and can only hope the roadster is as fresh in appearance as those engines. Incredible.
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Old 08-05-2008, 01:23 PM   #11
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The "relieved" engine is very interesting for its time...it is the sort of relief advocated at various times by Navarro, Kloth, and Holleran, not a wall-to-wall bulldozing but an enhancement of the existing bowls in the Ford casting...this example seems to slightly break the edge between cylinder and valve area, other examples leave the edge untouched...seems like a more logical response to moving air then the step type.
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Old 08-05-2008, 01:26 PM   #12
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This is such important stuff. I can't wait to hear more. If I found all that stuff i would lock myself in the storage unit for a year and geek-out. I'd come out looking like a mad man.
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Old 08-05-2008, 01:29 PM   #13
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Default Re: Tom Cobbs: Part 2

I can barely think of the words I want to say. so I'll just state what I said as I read the article through the first time. "Holy Crap!"

Almost as impressive was the fact that, Ryan says in there he gave a call to Xydias! LOL
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Old 08-05-2008, 02:26 PM   #14
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I can barely think of the words I want to say. so I'll just state what I said as I read the article through the first time. "Holy Crap!"

Almost as impressive was the fact that, Ryan says in there he gave a call to Xydias! LOL
I will save all my "thank yous" for the final post, but I will say that Xydias is one of the nicest most gentle men I've ever talked to. He's just so down to earth and matter of fact. I can't put into words the amount of respect I have for that man... He's an absolute national treasure.

Talking to him makes you realize why the hot rodding world is full of such good people - we've had incredible guys like him to look up to for so long.
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Old 08-05-2008, 01:33 PM   #15
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Old 08-05-2008, 02:37 PM   #16
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This series has me riveted to my screen!
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Old 08-05-2008, 03:03 PM   #17
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Wow! ... I thought the first installment was one of Ryan's best Blogs ... but the Tom Cobbs story only got better in this second installment ... how ever will Ryan top the first two installments? ... and do we really have to wait another whole week for the third & final installment?

What a great find for Ralph Whitworth ... I wonder what his plans are for all those engines ... they're pieces of great historical value that need to be shared with the masses ... does Ralph have a museum open to the public?
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Old 08-05-2008, 04:11 PM   #18
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Great finds! Ryan Cochran, Hot Rod Archaeological Specialist, has a nice ring to it.
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Old 08-06-2008, 03:46 AM   #19
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What a great find for Ralph Whitworth ... does Ralph have a museum open to the public?
He does, but it's not open yet:

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Old 08-05-2008, 04:32 PM   #20
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This Tom Cobbs series is shaping up to be the best TJJ post(s) of the year. Absolutely fantastic!
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