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Old 05-05-2007, 07:34 AM   #1
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Default Lee Chapel / Tornado Speed Equipment ... definitive post??

Who out there in HAMB-land has info/pics on this guy, his Speed Shops, and the 3 port head he made for the Chev 4, The Wedge OHV he did for the flathead, and the dress-up stuff he did for the Stovebolt 6?

He seems to have slipped thru the cracks, and is certainly deserved of some ink.

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Old 05-05-2007, 06:32 PM   #2
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Default Re: Lee Chapel / Tornado Speed Equipment ... definitive post??

This is a Subject that I have a great deal of interest in due to Lee modifying (or casting?) Olds/Chev 3 ports but I have not been able to find much info, Sept '53 HRM has a 4 page article on the Tornado streamliner & the Dec '49 Mechanix Illustrated ran a article as well (though I don't have a copy).

If anyone has any info please post as I too would appreciate learning more about this forgotten Hot Rod icon, who in my opinion is up there with the likes of Vic Edelbrock, Wally Parks etc.

I think The Tornado Streamliner is the best streamliner ever built, does anyone know what happened to it?
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Old 05-05-2007, 06:51 PM   #3
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Default Re: Lee Chapel / Tornado Speed Equipment ... definitive post??

Looks like it only us Aussies who are into this stuff!!!
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Old 05-05-2007, 07:20 PM   #4
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Default Re: Lee Chapel / Tornado Speed Equipment ... definitive post??

interesting.
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Old 05-05-2007, 08:51 PM   #5
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Default Re: Lee Chapel / Tornado Speed Equipment ... definitive post??

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Looks like it only us Aussies who are into this stuff!!!
Haha, sounds about right!

I started this a while back http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/s...ad.php?t=92308
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Old 05-05-2007, 08:57 PM   #6
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Default Re: Lee Chapel / Tornado Speed Equipment ... definitive post??

There is still a "Famous Lee's Auto Parts" in Alameda, which is next door to Oakland. I have wondered if it is the descendant of the old speed shop.
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Old 05-05-2007, 10:17 PM   #7
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Default Re: Lee Chapel / Tornado Speed Equipment ... definitive post??

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Neat little exerpt from the catalog that Vaphead provided.

BTW Jimmy, I've emailed you.

AS I said - he deserves a bit more ink!
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Old 05-06-2007, 02:08 AM   #8
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Default Re: Lee Chapel / Tornado Speed Equipment ... definitive post??

We had a Tornado OHV setup at Specialized Auto Parts in Houston during the 60s-70s. Don't recall who bought it.
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Old 09-12-2007, 01:05 AM   #9
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Default Re: Lee Chapel / Tornado Speed Equipment ... definitive post??

About time this post got a bump.

I did this a while back


& was able to buy a copy of the catalogue



















I need to scan the other half when I get more time.
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Old 09-12-2007, 01:13 AM   #10
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Default Re: Lee Chapel / Tornado Speed Equipment ... definitive post??

Thnx Jamie, that was great. I can't wait to get my tornado side plate for the stovebolt 6.
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Old 09-12-2007, 01:49 AM   #11
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Default Re: Lee Chapel / Tornado Speed Equipment ... definitive post??

I've always wondered who owns that brand now... There must be a 20 "Lee's Speed Shops" through out the country, but I've never been able to find out who owns the original.
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Old 09-12-2007, 02:56 AM   #12
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Default Re: Lee Chapel / Tornado Speed Equipment ... definitive post??

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Thnx Jamie, that was great. I can't wait to get my tornado side plate for the stovebolt 6.
No worries Mark. wait to I post the Stovebolt section! I need to scan it first though.

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I've always wondered who owns that brand now... There must be a 20 "Lee's Speed Shops" through out the country, but I've never been able to find out who owns the original.
Hey Ryan, maybe the name doesn't have ownership? Lee Chapel's was located in Oakland so possibly the shop 50Fraud mentioned is it's ancestor. Also there is a seller on ebay that sells shirts with the Tornado logo & Lee's Speed Shop logos, so maybe free domain.

I was outbid on a pith helmet with Lee’s Speed Shop / Tornado Speed equip sign writing that was from B'ville 1953

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Old 09-12-2007, 03:35 PM   #13
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btt... great post...
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Old 09-13-2007, 07:23 PM   #14
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Default Re: Lee Chapel / Tornado Speed Equipment ... definitive post??

I seem to remember reading somewhere long in the past that the V8 Tornado Head pkg. was designed and developed by someone other than Lee Chappel. (That he bought the rights, or somehow took over the production and distribution.)

I may be wrong, but I find it hard to believe that Chappel could have carried out this project by himself. No doubt, like all major engineering projects ,there were one or more "Unknown Brains" that actually did the grunt work in the shaddows, and one guy got all the credit.
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Old 10-24-2007, 05:27 AM   #15
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Default Re: Lee Chapel / Tornado Speed Equipment ... definitive post??

.....& the wait is over, today I had the chance to scan the rest of the catalogue, so here it is.




















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Old 10-24-2007, 05:28 AM   #16
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Old 10-24-2007, 06:47 AM   #17
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Default Re: Lee Chapel / Tornado Speed Equipment ... definitive post??

Ah Jimmy - you've done it again.

The Tornado side cover that is currently available as a limited production number suits a 235, and is different to the one for the 216/early 235. I wonder if another one was developed???

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Old 10-30-2007, 06:17 PM   #18
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No worries Mark!

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Ah Jimmy - you've done it again.

The Tornado side cover that is currently available as a limited production number suits a 235, and is different to the one for the 216/early 235. I wonder if another one was developed???
The market for a 216/early 235 side plate probably isn't there these days so wasn't worth the development/casting cost.


Anyone else have any photos or info to add? or has anyone seen a set of Tornado heads on a flathead lately, got any pics?

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Old 10-30-2007, 07:02 PM   #19
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Thank you for the spectacular scans of this historic catalog!! Much appreciated......

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Old 12-18-2007, 12:51 AM   #20
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Ah Jimmy - you've done it again.

The Tornado side cover that is currently available as a limited production number suits a 235, and is different to the one for the 216/early 235. I wonder if another one was developed???

Thanks mate.
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