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Old 01-21-2009, 08:45 PM   #1
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Default long gone speed shops, anybody from Texas remeber Hotrod Exchange in Dallas?

I was thinking about how there used to be speed shops everywhere and now there is almost nothing but internet mail order. Being from northeast Texas two come to mind that I remeber going to. Hotrod Exchange on Beckley in west Dallas and closer to home The Hub on Wesley st. in Greenville Texas. Anyone remeber those places or have stories of other shops. Things were more personal then. One more thing that was better back then.
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Old 01-21-2009, 08:47 PM   #2
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Default Re: long gone speed shops, anybody from Texas remeber Hotrod Exchange in Dallas?

do a search..."shops in texas"
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Old 01-21-2009, 08:49 PM   #3
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Default Re: long gone speed shops, anybody from Texas remeber Hotrod Exchange in Dallas?

I went there a few times when I lived in Texas.

I still have the decal on my tool box
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Old 01-21-2009, 08:52 PM   #4
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Default Re: long gone speed shops, anybody from Texas remeber Hotrod Exchange in Dallas?

kinda still on topic.
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Old 01-21-2009, 08:53 PM   #5
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Default Re: long gone speed shops, anybody from Texas remeber Hotrod Exchange in Dallas?

Wish I could find one of those decals today. I had a few of them back then but didn't keep one.
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Old 01-21-2009, 08:56 PM   #6
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Default Re: long gone speed shops, anybody from Texas remeber Hotrod Exchange in Dallas?

I sure remember Hot Rod Exchange. I used to work at S&H discount Auto Parts on East Grand (they had another store in Oak Cliff) Used to be a funny car body on the roof at Hot Rod Exchange I wanted real bad. In one of my weaker moments I bought a Beiber shifter from Harry's. Sure wish I had it now.
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Old 01-21-2009, 09:00 PM   #7
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Default Re: long gone speed shops, anybody from Texas remeber Hotrod Exchange in Dallas?

Yeah I forgot about the funny car body on the roof. I also remember a mid engine 427 Vega sedan delivery they had.
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Old 01-22-2009, 01:11 PM   #8
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In '66 I bought a '60 Corvette fuel injection complete with dual point distributor for $150.00 at Hot Rod Exchange. They had a shelf full of vette fuel injections back when no one wanted them. Wish I had bought them all!!
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Old 01-22-2009, 01:32 PM   #9
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Anyone remember RPM Automotive and the Anglia they ran out of there?
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Old 01-22-2009, 01:34 PM   #10
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were you from apound? i live over in leonard about 60 miles north of dallas way out in the country.
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Old 01-22-2009, 01:46 PM   #11
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Hot Rod Exchange is where I got the 5.13 Posi, dual-quads, cam and lifters, Power Pak heads, straight axle and a bunch of other parts for my flip-front '56 Chevy 150. That place was like heaven to a racer on a budget.

ETA Can you remember how HRE smelled? Walking down the aisles with speed parts stacked three shelves high and reeking of motor oil, brake fluid, alcohol and nitro.. man that WAS heaven.

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Old 01-22-2009, 02:19 PM   #12
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Hot Rod Exchange...and the great Ben Benson(owner)..he also had an El Camino with an Olds Tornado eng in the bed...real wheelstander....He was the best wheeler dealer on used parts in all of Dallas. May he rest in peace.
My avatar was also another speed shop in Dallas since late 40's I was there for 11 yrs

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Old 01-22-2009, 02:37 PM   #13
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I remember Custom Automotive from a kid in the 50's and 60's but I do not remember where it was located.
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Old 01-22-2009, 02:54 PM   #14
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Custom Automotive..2122 N Pearl st......Between McKinney ave and Ross Ave
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Old 01-22-2009, 03:06 PM   #15
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thats you bobby in jefferson tx. the good old days of hot rodin.
who did not work for charlie adams. you had jl payne, charles smilly sitton,dubby erwin, tinker faulkner and all the cars they built there i still here about those cars.

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Old 01-22-2009, 03:12 PM   #16
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Hi Charlie.....Go to work and make Tinker some money HAHAHAHA
And you forgot to mention Chas Tunnell,,Mike Wallace,,,Bob James..Bob Johnson
Murray Oxman...oan on and on

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Old 01-22-2009, 03:52 PM   #17
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Hi Charlie.....Go to work and make Tinker some money HAHAHAHA
And you forgot to mention Chas Tunnell,,Mike Wallace,,,Bob James..Bob Johnson
Murray Oxman...oan on and on
Was that Delmo Johnson's brother Bob?
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Old 01-22-2009, 04:14 PM   #18
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Hung out there when the last guy (Butch I think) owned in the early eighties. He sponsored my dirt car about 85 or so. Sad when his son killed himself. Used to go there in the 70's before that, got me a real 302 chevy crank and shoebox funnel ram (what we used to call a tunnel ram. Thought it was the place back then, wish those days was still around.
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Old 01-22-2009, 04:20 PM   #19
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Hi Charlie.....Go to work and make Tinker some money HAHAHAHA
And you forgot to mention Chas Tunnell,,Mike Wallace,,,Bob James..Bob Johnson
Murray Oxman...oan on and on

Charlie Tunnel and Oxman had a bada** fuel altered....Desoto hemi I think??
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Old 01-22-2009, 04:24 PM   #20
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Custom Automotive..2122 N Pearl st......Between McKinney ave and Ross Ave
Hmmm. That is now the address of the Federal Reserve Building here in Dallas.
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