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Old 02-12-2008, 09:39 AM   #1
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Default Mooneyham/Sharp #554



Here's something you don't see everyday... The King of fuel coupes in full motion video.

The Mooneyham/Sharp 554 car actually started life as a b-ville bound sedan with Flathead motivation. Initially, it was owned by...



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Old 02-12-2008, 09:44 AM   #2
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Thankful you posted that.....Truley awsome...and a push start to boot....Littleman...gave me chills....I'd take that over a digger anyday!!
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Old 02-12-2008, 09:50 AM   #3
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Awesome, Absolutely Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I LOVE that car!
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Old 02-12-2008, 09:53 AM   #4
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Is that a chain drive in the first picture, belt in the secound?
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Old 02-12-2008, 09:56 AM   #5
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Is that a chain drive in the first picture, belt in the secound?
Yep!
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Old 02-12-2008, 10:10 AM   #6
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If that ain't a Hot Rod, I don't know what is.
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Old 02-12-2008, 10:13 AM   #7
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I fricken love that car.

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Old 02-12-2008, 10:18 AM   #8
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There is someone on the Hamb here that is a grandson of SHARP. I will let them stand up though.
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Old 02-12-2008, 10:19 AM   #9
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THANK YOU!! that was great!.....I just love that coupe.
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Old 02-12-2008, 10:24 AM   #10
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Default Re: Mooneyham/Sharp #554

I'll have to use the computer at the Town Library to view that, mine is too old & slow. The 554 coupe was sold to K&G Speed Associates in Havertown, Pa. around 1965, and ran in NASCAR..............drags.
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Old 02-12-2008, 10:31 AM   #11
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I've seen lots of pictures but never heard that car run, freaking awsume !
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Old 02-12-2008, 10:40 AM   #12
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Awesome pics Ryan. I'm pretty sure I have seen early pics of the car at the track looking basically stock, unchopped full-fendered black couple with white skinny flames on the front fenders. That ring a bell for anyone?
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Old 02-12-2008, 10:40 AM   #13
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Awesome! Only thing missing was the smell of rubber burning. That is one bad a$$ car. Thanks for posting it. Reminded me of the days I raced my blown henry j. J was nice and fast but didn't hold a candle to that coupe.
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Old 02-12-2008, 10:44 AM   #14
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Is that a chain drive in the first picture, belt in the secound?
are those c&t aluminum heads in that belt picture....? that ride is a sweet piece.... got a pic of it from garlits museum from the mid 90's..... the cool thing about it...was they were still thrashin it after it was restored in the 80's.... didn't brian burnett (sp) have something to do with it...? brandon
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love, love, love that car AWESOME!!!
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Old 02-12-2008, 10:58 AM   #16
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FREAKIN' AWESOME! I had to watch that 8.73 times!
Sounds great!
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Old 02-12-2008, 11:36 AM   #17
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are those c&t aluminum heads in that belt picture....? that ride is a sweet piece.... got a pic of it from garlits museum from the mid 90's..... the cool thing about it...was they were still thrashin it after it was restored in the 80's.... didn't brian burnett (sp) have something to do with it...? brandon
I am pretty sure Al Sharp and Gene Mooneyham made the heads. Gene Mooneyham was one of the best machinists around.
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Old 02-12-2008, 12:14 PM   #18
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Thanks Ryan;
Looking at the track, Must be late '80's early '90's I think pre-CHRR, a nostalgia meet. What is so cool, They where still letting the cars make full passes with their dated roll cages. Last time I saw that happen The Speed Sport Roadster made a full pass, Greath was driving. The anouncer said "He knows better than that, oh well, at his age, you forget". Talked to him in the pits later, said, with a huge smile, he got "carried away"........
Man, I hope the Hamb drags come to Bakersfield....
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Old 02-12-2008, 12:26 PM   #19
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Is that a chain drive in the first picture, belt in the secound?
I noticed they changed from the stock heads to alum. heads too. What do you guys think about running a hemi with the newer alum heads from Hot Heads, etc. in a traditional car? I was kind of thinking of doing it with mine, but then I was thinking I would rather it stay more vintage looking. My truck is going to be a driver and is going to get used, so racing and top performance isn't my primary goal.

Also, I liked the car better with the fenders on it and the steel wheels. I realize it is a race car, so they obviously upgraded it as needed for performance and don't fault them for that in any way.
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Old 02-12-2008, 12:49 PM   #20
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Crips that was cool!!!
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