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Old 05-11-2009, 08:21 AM   #1
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Default Ed Binggeli's F/GAS Willys



Think "Willys Gasser" and what image comes to mind? Probably the old Stone, Woods, & Cook car, or K.S. Pitman's little butt kicker, right? Well, if you haunted the Northern California drag racing scene in the early '60s that image could just as likel...

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Old 05-11-2009, 09:07 AM   #2
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The photo taken in front of the gas station is absolutely amazing.
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Old 05-11-2009, 09:23 AM   #3
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Default Re: Ed Binggeli's F/GAS Willys

That's cool as hell...I saw F/gas on the JJ page,and as I was waiting for the slowass dialup at home to load,I was thinking..F/gas?? Must be a little smallblock..Nope,just a little flathead,running and beating the big boys long after it wasn't supposed to...I want one just like it
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Default Re: Ed Binggeli's F/GAS Willys

Inspiring to say the least. I love stories of the underdogs taking the top spot not matter what it is. Who would have thought a hot flatty could compete with the big fellers like Hemi and nailheads as well as the small blocks that seemed untouchable at the time. Drive must have been pretty on point as well as the engine being tuned just right huh?
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Old 05-11-2009, 09:48 AM   #5
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He still makes killer flatheads...thanks for the story Mike.
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Old 05-11-2009, 10:09 AM   #6
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Gee a real Willys.I thought they had to be tubbed and with a supercharged crate motor.
Actually,I'v always relished the lower classes. I felt like it was a niche to be played in.Its even more interesting when someone like this comes along and starts bumping up and really spoiling people's day.
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Old 05-11-2009, 10:13 AM   #7
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He still makes killer flatheads...thanks for the story Mike.
A couple of years ago, I worked out at Tardel's for two weeks. When I say "worked," I mean WORKED! The fellas at the ranch work their asses off man... And Bing is just one of the guys busting ass - never sits, always on his feet, always working... and he is how old? 80?
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Old 05-11-2009, 10:20 AM   #8
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Ed was at the annual Sonoma Racing team picnick on the 3rd of May. Still rockin!!!
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Old 05-11-2009, 12:35 PM   #9
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That gasser has had a lot of people thinking about it for a long time...I ran into it in HRM, when the feature was new, and continued to think about HRM's completely cryptic description of the port pocket til now. Got some probable clues on that from Flatdog, who had also been thinking about the car since he ran into the feature...his take was that there was a major mystery in here, as the car was almost a second faster than the known engine tech and weight would suggest. That issue of HRM was always near the top of Flatdog's heap of brain fodder.
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Old 05-11-2009, 12:48 PM   #10
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The photo taken in front of the gas station is absolutely amazing.

Santa Rosa wasn't much more than a wide spot in the road as I recall. Well bigger than Cloverdale I guess.

I remember seeing that car. The Ol' Man always said it was the one to look out for. That was a ton from the Ol' Man.
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Old 05-11-2009, 01:25 PM   #11
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The photo taken in front of the gas station is absolutely amazing.
Obviously, Bing, but who else in that one?

That building can't still be there today can it?
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Old 05-11-2009, 01:34 PM   #12
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Good story Mike. I bet that flatty sounded as good as it ran. Looks like he was still running a 39 box and torque tube rear end. Must've had lots of spares!
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Old 05-11-2009, 04:31 PM   #13
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Thanks Av8, I hadn't heard of this car before. A great tale of a Hot Rod Hero and his obsolete contender.
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Old 05-11-2009, 05:50 PM   #14
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Goose Bumps!! What a cool story and great pix. Total Bad Ass!! Good one Ryan, this is the stuff that puts smiles on my mug on a regular basis, So once again--Viva La H.A.M.B. ~Sololobo~
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Old 05-11-2009, 06:09 PM   #15
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Anybody capable of posting HRM feature?? Was there any other coverage of this thing??
HRM put in that cryptic and intriguing note about reshaping the bowl with moten lead!
And notice the part about routinely defeating higher class gassers...the same issue that drove Flatdog crazy. The thing was WAY faster than can be easily explained by any traditional guesstimates of flathead power and car weight.
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Anybody capable of posting HRM feature?? Was there any other coverage of this thing??
HRM put in that cryptic and intriguing note about reshaping the bowl with moten lead!
And notice the part about routinely defeating higher class gassers...the same issue that drove Flatdog crazy. The thing was WAY faster than can be easily explained by any traditional guesstimates of flathead power and car weight.
Do you know what year and month?
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Old 05-11-2009, 07:22 PM   #17
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Duhh... I knew that.

I'll find it.
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Old 05-11-2009, 11:39 PM   #19
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Default Re: Ed Binggeli's F/GAS Willys

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Duhh... I knew that.

I'll find it.
on page 42!

I was just reading it the other day, its on top of the toilet!

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Love that car........Rich
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