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Old 11-14-2009, 10:42 AM   #1
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Default Dragster preservation Dead End Kids

This is a AA dragster that is owned by the Dave Crouse he has had this car for nearly 20 years. the car was orgionaly the Dead End Kids dragster. When i get all the detail info down i will post more. The car is in the shop now for some metal finishing and a little preservation work for the rest of it Dave plans on taking the car out the roadster show in January.














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Old 11-14-2009, 10:47 AM   #2
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Yowza!
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Old 11-14-2009, 10:49 AM   #3
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That is just incredible, WOW! That car has to be a lot older than 20yrs, tell us more of the story. I hope there isn't too much metal finishing and leave off the paint please. I would stick a fork in that one right now, the odd misalignment adds authenticity. Thanks for posting this.
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Old 11-14-2009, 10:57 AM   #4
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How cool is that.....thanks for sharing brother......looking forward to seeing this piece of 1320 history when done.
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Old 11-14-2009, 10:59 AM   #5
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that is beautiful! if you pull the skin, please post pics.
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Old 11-14-2009, 11:01 AM   #6
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"Rapid" Red Lang!
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Old 11-14-2009, 11:04 AM   #7
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Old 11-14-2009, 11:44 AM   #8
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[QUOTE=oj;4559179]...I hope there isn't too much metal finishing and leave off the paint please. I would stick a fork in that one right now...QUOTE]

X10 !!!

Of course this car will look incredible if it's painted and lettered properly. But just as it sits in these pictures, this ain't a car, this is ART!!!
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Old 11-14-2009, 12:00 PM   #9
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The REAL DEAL there! Where was it raced?
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Old 11-14-2009, 12:06 PM   #10
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The REAL DEAL there! Where was it raced?
As the name implies, the car was based in NYC.
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Old 11-14-2009, 12:22 PM   #11
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Old 11-14-2009, 01:22 PM   #12
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The Dead End Kids were a Top Fuel dragster team from the streets of Brooklyn, N.Y. Red Lang, Spider Razon and Joe Anahory grew up together and eventually formed a formidable team that despite its unlikely origins became a formidable force in the 1960s at drag strips from Sanford, Me. to Long Beach, Calif. In 1963, the trio bought a Tommy Ivo chassis and began touring the country using a 1950 Chrysler limousine as a tow car. They were one of a handful of race teams to beat Don “The Snake” Prudhomme during the Greer, Black and Prudhomme dragster’s incredible winning streak in 1963. Their car even made the cover of Popular Science magazine. Anahory and Razon eventually moved to California and worked closely with Don Alderson in the development of his Milodon racing components. Lang was the first NHRA Division 1 Top Fuel champion, winning the title in 1965 and ’66. Red retired from dragster racing in the early ’70s and briefly dabbled in Funny Cars before retiring from the sport completely.
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Old 11-14-2009, 02:30 PM   #13
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So cool to see these old cars saved.

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Old 11-14-2009, 02:35 PM   #14
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I remember seeing them in 1964 at Cecil County Dragway when I was stationed at Aberdeen,Md just before shipping out to Germany.
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Old 11-14-2009, 06:26 PM   #15
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That is a great shot of the original car. We are missing the front wing and the paint was removed when Dave bought the car. the plan is for right now take care of some of the cracks in the body and a few dents need to be removed. the headers need to be changed out and a list of other items to get the car back to where it was. When we get to pulling the skin off i will update the thread and will include a good number of shots of the car. The car has been in bare metal for the last 20 years and will probably stay that way unless someone buys the car from Dave and finishes the restoration.

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Old 11-14-2009, 07:18 PM   #16
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SWEETTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT,I like it.
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Old 11-14-2009, 07:19 PM   #17
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That dragster in bare metal is just sexy.
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Old 11-14-2009, 08:38 PM   #18
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the car in bare metal is great but to insure that are racing heritage is preserved the car really should be painted agin and the history of the car known.

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Old 11-14-2009, 09:09 PM   #19
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The FIRST top fuel dragster that I laid eyes on. Pocono Drag Lodge 1963. (I think)Had the pleasure of meeting Red a few years ago.
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Old 11-14-2009, 09:40 PM   #20
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Dragsters of that era are pure art! ....Art that makes some pretty cool smoke and thunder.

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