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Old 01-31-2010, 09:17 PM   #1121
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Emmett ran the 'glas bumper in the car's early days.
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I assume this is a circa 1965 or later photo. Both cars appear to have the fiberglass front bumpers. Later on Emmitt Austin's was black, but pretty certain he always ran the aluminum front bumper. The Dick Coffey car later on was painted blue, but I thought it also had a gold roof.

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Old 01-31-2010, 09:46 PM   #1122
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Not to worry Deron. Sometimes my emails and posts read like I've got an attitude. My apologies.
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Old 02-01-2010, 09:07 AM   #1123
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A Thunderbolt at GNRS

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Old 02-01-2010, 12:38 PM   #1124
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Emmett ran the 'glas bumper in the car's early days.
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I agree.

When Emmett first took delivery the car had a fiberglass front bumper, as the aluminum version had yet to been released. My reference was when the car was painted black/1965, however I wasn't clear in stating that.

Matter of fact, I think one would be hard pressed to find a later circa 1964 photo of the car even when still painted white with a fiberglass front bumper.

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Old 02-01-2010, 12:42 PM   #1125
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Looks like the former Poole & Aitken car from the early 80's , an automatic car originally delivered to Hawkinson Ford, Oak Lawn IL. I recall looking at the car around 1979 when it was over at Wolverine Chassis in Romulus, MI being converted to a NHRA S/S er.

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Old 02-01-2010, 12:53 PM   #1126
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I wasn't aware of that. I find it interesting that Dick Coffey Ford was less that 30 minutes from my house, but virtually no one around here has any recollection of the car other than the fact that it existed. Well, that and the fact that 90% of the folks who were aware of its existence still swear that its locked in a warehouse in Decatur just waiting to be discovered. That's one urban legend that just won't die....

So are you thinking that the dark colored car in the photo Cyclone posted is the Country Boy and the light car Donilson? Do you have any photos of the Dick Coffey car other than the one that's been posted previously?

As always, thanks for the info,
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I think the Thunderbolt had and still has quite a lot of mystique and aura to it. Unfortunately, the historical and lineage aspects seemed to been not accurately documented and remembered, especally after the 1964 season.

Re the Dick Coffey car, later on it was in TX, TN, and currently in MA. Part of the confusion with car was due to later on the fiberglass doors being switched from the Woody Anderson Ford car to it.

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Old 02-01-2010, 12:54 PM   #1127
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The Country Boy car
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Old 02-01-2010, 12:58 PM   #1128
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Thanks Dennis. That's one less stray photo I have floating around on my hard drive now!

Funny you mention the bumper, because I've noticed the droopy bumper syndrome on a lot of the aluminum bumper cars. I've always assumed that was due to the lack of an outer bumper bracket. Is that correct?

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I think the bumper angle may have to do with more how the inner bumper brackets were fabricated and how many bracket mounting bolts were used. The inner bracket was a 1964 production steel component with a tab welded to bottom in order to raise the vertical height of the bumper.

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Old 02-01-2010, 12:59 PM   #1129
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If it's who I'm thinking of tell Dave I said hi.

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Holy shit that's him....i would never say where the car is but i guess you already know!
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Old 02-01-2010, 01:02 PM   #1130
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If you can get the VIN too we can tell you where it was delievered to in '64. Keep us posted!!

If it's the car I'm thinking of, here is a photo of it at Detroit Dragway from 1967. The car was in the Detroit area until the mid 70's when Dave acquired it.

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Old 02-01-2010, 01:15 PM   #1131
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Holy shit that's him....i would never say where the car is but i guess you already know!
Tell Dave that I said hello.

Here is another photo of it from a local car show in 1965. Note the car behind it. Cork owned both of them and they are both real. I think you can figure out the car in the background.

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Old 02-01-2010, 06:31 PM   #1132
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Looks like the former Poole & Aitken car from the early 80's , an automatic car originally delivered to Hawkinson Ford, Oak Lawn IL. I recall looking at the car around 1979 when it was over at Wolverine Chassis in Romulus, MI being converted to a NHRA S/S er.

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I haven't seen that car around in several years. I think the last time was on an auction site.



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Old 02-01-2010, 06:36 PM   #1133
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Matter of fact, I think one would be hard pressed to find a later circa 1964 photo of the car even when still painted white with a fiberglass front bumper.

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These may have been posted but they seem to be very early. Nice to see the actual colors on the original paint scheme.



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Old 02-02-2010, 01:26 AM   #1134
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The Country Boy car
MOHUMPUS..... That's absolutely classic! Any idea where this shot was taken?


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Old 02-02-2010, 02:34 PM   #1135
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Thunderbolt #93 is for sale, with lots of pics. Check it out here.

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Old 02-02-2010, 04:21 PM   #1136
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Wow!...$330,000.00 for T-bolt #93 / 100! Not a big fan of the Automatic Trans...but it is original to this car!

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Wow!...$330,000.00 for T-bolt #93 / 100! Not a big fan of the Automatic Trans...but it is original to this car!

http://www.bangshift.com/gallery/196...0-gallery.html
Dang, if I hadn't just bought my wife that Valentine's day present I'd go get that thing......

The ad for this car leads you to believe that its an unrestored original car. Can anyone verify or disprove that? If its unrestored then its an absolute wealth of knowledge there in those photos. Also, the DST-added crossmember that locates the front pickup for the traction bars looks different from what I remember seeing in other photos. Underneath the driveshaft it just drops straight down, but I was thinking the others I've seen (which ain't many!) have square tubing mitered on a 45 down to the low point. Is my memory that bad, or perhaps is this just one of those things that wasn't done a standard way from car to car? Being a very late car, I suppose it could have just been done differently.

Any info as to the original dealership and owner/driver for this car?


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Old 02-02-2010, 11:55 PM   #1138
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Tell Dave that I said hello.

Here is another photo of it from a local car show in 1965. Note the car behind it. Cork owned both of them and they are both real. I think you can figure out the car in the background.

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The Tasca car in the background? If it is, there's something funny going on with the door art. It looks like some kind of dots or ovals above the trim.

What about the other car. Which car was it?


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Old 02-03-2010, 12:02 AM   #1139
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Looks like the former Poole & Aitken car from the early 80's , an automatic car originally delivered to Hawkinson Ford, Oak Lawn IL. I recall looking at the car around 1979 when it was over at Wolverine Chassis in Romulus, MI being converted to a NHRA S/S er.

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Is that the Thunder Hawk, Ron Pellegrini car that Hawkinson sponsored? Was he the original driver?



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Old 02-03-2010, 05:51 AM   #1140
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Wow!...$330,000.00 for T-bolt #93 / 100! Not a big fan of the Automatic Trans...but it is original to this car!

http://www.bangshift.com/gallery/196...0-gallery.html



The car still looks the same as when John Paradise had it.
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