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Old 02-09-2009, 08:22 AM   #1
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Default Axle And Li'l Axle And The Dago Deuce

Not until John Buttera gave rodding the gift of machined billet aluminum in the '70s would a piece of hardware impact the look and character of hot rods as much as the Dago axle did in the late '40s. Given the nickname of the town from whence it came...

To read the rest of this blog entry from The Jalopy Journal, click here.
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Old 02-09-2009, 08:47 AM   #2
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Damn Fine Article and great pictures.. Thank you!!
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Old 02-09-2009, 09:00 AM   #3
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Great story Mike thanks for the history lesson. I didn't realize Andy Bekech's Vicky was Bob's old car. Somebody got a bargain at BJ.
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Old 02-09-2009, 09:01 AM   #4
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Great history lesson. Thanks
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Old 02-09-2009, 09:03 AM   #5
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Interesting story and well-written...thanks.
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Old 02-09-2009, 09:17 AM   #6
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A really captivating article. The in depth stories of important figures of times gone is something that I really cherish on this site.

It looks like Bob and his father Ed had a great relationship, one that I know a lot of us can relate to. Tradition can only be kept alive if it's passed on for younger generations to admire, respect and adhere to, and this seems to be a great example of a heyday that is looked to by all of us.

Any idea of the common drops that Ed did? Were they 2.5" over stock originally? I remember reading that it wasn't until the mid 50's that anything over 2.5" was available readily.
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Old 02-09-2009, 09:27 AM   #7
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Thanks for a really well written story and the neat photos. A very interesting bit of hot rod history.
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Old 02-09-2009, 09:37 AM   #8
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Great story AV8, thanks for sharing!!!
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Old 02-09-2009, 10:35 AM   #9
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thanks Mike, great story and pictures
you give us a nice human side of our American hot rod history
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Old 02-09-2009, 10:45 AM   #10
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Thankyou for sharing!
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Old 02-09-2009, 10:46 AM   #11
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Nicely done story, thanks.
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Old 02-09-2009, 10:47 AM   #12
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Nice read, thank you.
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Old 02-09-2009, 10:54 AM   #13
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Expertly written and a genuinely terrific story, AV8. There may be more for a sequel as I have recently been introduced to Ward Soule, one of the founding members of the San Diego Roadster Club. He has promised to bring his photo album, timing slips, and great stories.
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Old 02-09-2009, 11:54 AM   #14
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I looked at a Dago axle a guy had last year.He gave me the whole history and said the way you could authenticate it was with looking closely at the hammer marks!
Nice write up.
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Old 02-09-2009, 12:05 PM   #15
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Truly excellent story and pictures, thanks.

I am really fascinated with the 33-34 grill on the A roadster, that is the first time I have ever seen that combo. It looks great.
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Old 02-09-2009, 12:19 PM   #16
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"The goal, for the young gearheads, “…was to attract girls,” but after building the hot rods to win their hearts, “…we never had any money or time to take them out,” he laments, laughing. “We cruised from drive-in to drive-in looking cool, between overheating!”

I'm gonna have to say that this is still true today...

Great article...thanks
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Old 02-09-2009, 12:37 PM   #17
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Old 02-09-2009, 01:22 PM   #18
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Thanks for the great read, and here I thought I was going to be bored during lunch!
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Old 02-09-2009, 01:40 PM   #19
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Thanks for that, Great read.

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Old 02-09-2009, 02:03 PM   #20
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av8 ... great read ... I had never heard the term "Dago" dropped axle before ... learn sumpin' new everyday!
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