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Old 03-06-2009, 08:40 PM   #21
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Default Re: Ridge Runner Speed parts, Ralph Ridgeway?

Ran one on a old B/A ..worked good..was always a conversation and a story
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Old 03-07-2009, 08:15 PM   #22
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Ok, just a little more trivial info on Ralph.

Appearantly, his former partner in the business is still operating a machine shop in the Rockville CT area.
At the time when they were starting to make good sales on the Ridgerunner intake, they also designed and started selling some sort of block/main bearing girdles. Supposedly they had an 'improved' design that would not loosen up after a few passes like many others available at the time.
Money was relatively short and they only had a certain amount to spend on advertising. Ralph felt that the block girdle would be the better choice for marketing-for what ever reason he had. Unfortunately, the girdles never really took off. Soon Edelbrock came out with their own tunnel ram intake and with enough capital to mass produce and properly advertise the new product. This put the Ridgerunner intake into an early grave so to speak.
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Old 10-05-2009, 11:34 PM   #23
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My understanding is Ralph Ridgeway was a mechanical engineer who used a Corvette fuel injection manifold base with the "doghouse" removed to fab the tunnel ram. I was told his prototype tunnel ram was made using aluminum plate which was all heli-arc welded together. Once the prototype was finalized and optimized, aluminum castings were produced and finish machined. Ralph set the C/MP record in Indy with his '55 Chevy.

Deb's Speed Shop, Springfield, MA did Ralph's dyno tuning and Carl Debien of Deb's was one of Ralph's sponsors. Bye the way, I think the automotive machine shop which did the motor was Miller's Machine Shop in Haverhill, MA. which was owned by Phil Miller. At the time, Phil Miller campaigned a top fuel rail called the "Annihilator".

I owned a speed shop at the time and was buying wholesale from Deb's Automotive. Their only wholesale and retail location was their store which was in East Hartford, CT across from Pratt & Whitney Aircraft. I sold two complete Ridge Runner induction systems until Edelbrock Corporation came out with their version which was priced lower. I recall seeing Ralph Ridgeway in 1969 and 1970 at Epping, NH (New England Dragway) with a blue '69 Camaro drag car.
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Old 10-30-2010, 08:13 PM   #24
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Now you've all got me wanting to see a picture of this 55 Chevy!

The above picture of Deb's Speed Shop 1955" C/Mp N.H.R.A. NATIONAL RECORD HOLDER" was taken during the 1966 season at New England Drag Way . When I saw the Motor on this car it was sporting a Chevrolet Corvette Fuel Injection Intake Manifold with an Aluminum Plate of about 3/8Th's. of an inch thick with Two Holly 600 cfm's bolted on the top. It must have been the experimental original because it was not refined as I have seen in several other pictures.
Now comes the bad or good news depending on your view point. From my point it's great. I raced against this car several times during that Inaugrial Season of 1966 at N.E.D.W. , every time I beat him in the "Street Eliminator Bracket" as I was running my "TONKA TOY" Corvette in D/Sp . I also beat up on some other NATIONAL RECORD HOLDERS like Harr Fords A/Sp 427 "side oiler" Cobra that was the 1966 Winter Nationals Winner in Pomona and he would break his National Record any time he needed too and was driven by the "LATE GREAT" and under publicized Gus Zuidema from Worcester Ma. . I again came out on top the one and only time I raced him at N.E.D.W.. I had the good fortune not only to have a very fast car but my "Robotic Driving abilities (credit to Ronny Sox and Bill Jenkins) were by todays standards equal to .00? lights and never using my clutch to shift (just pull and push with the gas to the floor)". I am tooting my own horn here because if you ask any of the "Older Guys " from NEW ENGLAND DRAG WAY that raced against me , they conveniently have "NO RELECOLECTION OF ME OR MY CAR THAT WENT UNDEFEATED IN STREET ELIMINATOR DURING THE INAUGURAL SEASON OF 1966". I as recently as last week offered a challenge to the car club that states "I don't exist" a $1,000.00 cash up front challenge for them to provide a "Street Eliminator Vehicle" that could lay claim to beating me during that time at New England. The Subject got changed so I have left it for now to sit as it is , (but I am working on the printed publications from National Dragster and Drag News so I can get the recognition "I EARNED " against some of the toughest race cars of the time on the East Coast.
Back to Ralph Ridgeway and that original tunnel-ram . It worked great and he aquired several National Records with that design. He is a true innovator and a great credit to the sport of Drag Racing . Just like Smokey Unick and his Cross Ram Chevy duel quad manifold but required a lot of tweaking to get the Flow Right , but it had a much Lower Profile and could fit under the hood of most cars when the Tunnel-Ram is harder to enclose under your hood. :=)
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Old 12-27-2010, 11:24 PM   #25
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Here is a crummy picture of a set of Ridgeway Valve covers I used to own.
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Old 07-15-2012, 12:27 PM   #26
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I wonder what the Grump had going on in here.... An Early Ridgeway BB design? or just cardboard and duct tape over the tubing to disguise it?

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Old 07-15-2012, 02:10 PM   #27
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Today Carl Debien has Deb's Automotive in Delray Beach Florida on West Atlantic Ave just west of I-95.
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Old 07-15-2012, 02:15 PM   #28
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Ralph lives in Wilbraham Ma.
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Old 07-15-2012, 05:41 PM   #29
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Deb's Speed Shop Ridge Runner Camaro
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