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Old 02-19-2010, 08:25 AM   #1
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Default The Doug Caruthers Modified



Yes, this is the famous Chrisman Brother's dragster you all know and love. In the late 30s, this car was created by Harry Lewis as one of the first purpose-built "Modified" racers. It changed hands quite a number of times before ownership by Road Run...

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Old 02-19-2010, 09:14 AM   #2
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Cool little car, simple and perfect!
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Old 02-19-2010, 09:31 AM   #3
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It is great to see this feature on the HAMB. Dougs son, Roy is a good friend and a long time HAMB member (Racer5C) and is a big hot rod and racing history buff. I know he will enjoy seeing this.
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Old 02-19-2010, 12:58 PM   #4
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Default Re: The Doug Caruthers Modified

One of Doug's sons, Roy Caruthers (Racer 5c) will chime in with TONS of info.. That car was defiantly super nice for the era sporting lots of chrome. Roy has a Flatty powered Model A that my ol' man lettered #'s on the door and put the C&C Spl. on the hood like the modified.

Good story.. Thanks,

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Old 02-19-2010, 01:47 PM   #5
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Default Re: The Doug Caruthers Modified

I am working on a replica, but finding all the correct parts is kind of hard, I finally scored the correct 1923 franklin front axle and steering. Hope to have it done within the next year

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Old 02-19-2010, 02:14 PM   #6
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We have a clone of this car here in NZ. It has been driven in every kind of speed event possible I think, including Drags, Salt, Hill climb, Dirt track, even on the road.
Here is some shots from another forum of the Dust-up dirt track racing.








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Old 02-19-2010, 03:58 PM   #7
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My replica will be of the car as it was when my dad had it
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Old 02-19-2010, 04:03 PM   #8
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I have a pic of my Dad standing beside it, taken just before WW2 ( ill find and post) Roy what other parts do you need ??
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Old 02-19-2010, 04:34 PM   #9
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trying to figure out what to do for hubs, and a few other odds and ends have most of the hard stuff finally, actually I got an e mail from my step dad yesterday he had lunch wth Chrisman yesterday and they were discussing the Franklin Hartford Friction shocks on the car, I don't think they were on it when my dad had it, but I am not sure.

"They are Franklin Hartford friction shocks. He made the rears and the fronts are the original"
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Old 02-19-2010, 05:27 PM   #10
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For a car that had so many owners it is amazing how little its overall appearance changed.

Definitely the most beautiful modified ever.















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Old 02-19-2010, 05:45 PM   #11
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I built 2 models of this car several years ago. The black #6 and the Christman version. Gave them both away, so no pics. I always liked this car and it's good to see it on here.
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Old 02-19-2010, 06:27 PM   #12
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Default Re: The Doug Caruthers Modified

Great post! And you know what else is interesting about it? Apparently Earl Bruce wrote the story headlined "Hot-Rod Jockey."

Was he a magazine writer--and a '29 roadster owner--in addition to running the Big Top bar and owning (still) that '40 Ford with blanked-out quarter windows?

Someone should do a post exclusively on Earl Bruce.

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Old 02-19-2010, 08:41 PM   #13
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Default Re: The Doug Caruthers Modified

The Caruthers era of this car is my favorite.
There's a great Gus Mannum drawing of it when it was Doug's. I'll try to scan it.

thanks for getting this thread/ball rolling.
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Old 02-19-2010, 10:21 PM   #14
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I got it Corn boy.. Good call!!!
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Old 02-19-2010, 11:40 PM   #15
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Default Re: The Doug Caruthers Modified

I just like OLD stuff, what was it it running back in the Banger days with Buffalo wires?
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Old 02-19-2010, 11:43 PM   #16
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I got it Corn boy.. Good call!!!

That would make a Killer shirt
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Old 02-20-2010, 12:17 AM   #17
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I just like OLD stuff, what was it it running back in the Banger days with Buffalo wires?
originally had a Rajo T and later updated to what I believe was a Miller-Schofield topped banger.
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Old 02-20-2010, 12:49 AM   #18
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what is that grill shell off of?
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Thanks Jimmy! That looks like a BB RAJO, the head to have back in the day.
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Old 02-20-2010, 03:13 AM   #20
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what is that grill shell off of?
I have been told two different things, originally I was told it was a modified 32 chrysler, but Jim Miller from the AHRF told me he has documentation that it is a Miller Grill Shell
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