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Old 07-03-2012, 08:31 AM   #1
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Default LustreTone '55: Vintage Indiana Drag Pics pt 3



Here we go with the third set of scans from these blurry-but-cool 1955 drag race pictures, probably taken in Indiana by the license plates. There are a few notable images in this bunch like the wicked, chopped 5 window coupe with Drag-Ons club plaque...

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Old 07-03-2012, 09:23 AM   #2
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Default Re: LustreTone '55: Vintage Indiana Drag Pics pt 3

Thank you! Of course the Green Monster was Allison or Ranger powered, anyone know what powered the Little Green Monster?
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Old 07-03-2012, 09:30 AM   #3
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Default Re: LustreTone '55: Vintage Indiana Drag Pics pt 3

Dig the Bad-Ass hammered and channeled 5/W. It looks as though the rear fenders were brought up and pulled "out" (with the mounting holes filled) to essentially create 2" or so, widened rear fenders. It appears as though the fenders were fitted right against the quarter panel surface without all the extra work of raising the wheelwell bead-'function over form'.
I've got a pair of 28/9 roadster quarters that show evidence of rear fenders being crudely welded on to reflect a full fendered car that was channeled about 6".

Love the fact that the pics are dated Aug 55. Hope it and the cool sports car job survived and are on the street or in a barn somewhere!
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Old 07-03-2012, 10:26 AM   #4
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Default Re: LustreTone '55: Vintage Indiana Drag Pics pt 3

Green Monster Jr was 6 cyl Ranger powered.
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Old 07-03-2012, 11:58 AM   #5
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The view of the 5 window is absolutly beautiful. I would love to see a side & front picture. Makes me want to go out to the shop & start cutting up my highboy. Norwell there's still time for you to change direction and do this. L .O.L.
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Old 07-03-2012, 12:15 PM   #6
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Cool, earliest pix of any of the green monster racers Thanx! ~sololobo~
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Old 07-03-2012, 02:25 PM   #7
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Default Re: LustreTone '55: Vintage Indiana Drag Pics pt 3

I am usually not a fan of channeled 32 fords but in that full fendered coupe is just cool......
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Old 07-03-2012, 04:39 PM   #8
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Thanks for postin' more classic pics!! I love lookin' at the details in 'em.
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Old 07-03-2012, 10:41 PM   #9
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Yikes! Talk about open primary! Man's game.
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Old 07-04-2012, 06:43 AM   #10
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Default Re: LustreTone '55: Vintage Indiana Drag Pics pt 3

Thanks for taking the time to post this series Jay. Based on the date, if in Indiana, this would have to be at Stout Field, an airstrip on the west side of Indianapolis, which was used in 1955, 1956, 1957 and I believe 1958 by the Cluster Busters car club (which is still a club today!). Like many clubs of the time, they worked in conjunction with the NHRA to have legal 'acceleration drags'.

My late Grandfather raced there on a few occations.
Additional photos / history of the dragster are located in link in my signature.
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Old 07-04-2012, 08:12 AM   #11
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Cool pics,keep 'em coming!
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