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Dragster preservation Dead End Kids

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by rexrogers, Nov 14, 2009.

  1. rexrogers
    Joined: Sep 18, 2007
    Posts: 934


    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.







  2. rick finch
    Joined: May 26, 2008
    Posts: 3,964

    rick finch

  3. oj
    Joined: Jul 27, 2008
    Posts: 4,555


    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.
  4. How cool is that.....thanks for sharing brother......looking forward to seeing this piece of 1320 history when done.
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  5. that is beautiful! if you pull the skin, please post pics.
  6. SundayNiagara
    Joined: Feb 15, 2005
    Posts: 104


    "Rapid" Red Lang!
  7. lostforawhile
    Joined: Mar 23, 2008
    Posts: 4,164


  9. kwoodyh
    Joined: Apr 11, 2006
    Posts: 642


    The REAL DEAL there! Where was it raced?
  10. SundayNiagara
    Joined: Feb 15, 2005
    Posts: 104


    As the name implies, the car was based in NYC.
  11. Ron Mayes
    Joined: Mar 24, 2006
    Posts: 683

    Ron Mayes

    Joined: Apr 17, 2001
    Posts: 6,194


    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.
  13. So cool to see these old cars saved.


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  14. JeffB2
    Joined: Dec 18, 2006
    Posts: 4,415

    from Phoenix,AZ

    I remember seeing them in 1964 at Cecil County Dragway when I was stationed at Aberdeen,Md just before shipping out to Germany.
  15. rexrogers
    Joined: Sep 18, 2007
    Posts: 934


    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.

    Joined: Sep 16, 2006
    Posts: 145

    from wichita ks

  17. 31modelo
    Joined: Apr 9, 2006
    Posts: 1,058


    That dragster in bare metal is just sexy.
  18. rexrogers
    Joined: Sep 18, 2007
    Posts: 934


    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.

  19. 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.
  20. Dragsters of that era are pure art! ....Art that makes some pretty cool smoke and thunder.

  21. That's a 1963 photo in post #13 taken at Atco, NJ. As I recall it was a match race booking, but I can't remember who Red ran against that day. I do remember him coming back to the pits dripping in oil, and in his best Brooklyn acent, complaining to the crew that someone had left something loose on the motor...
    "cuz I'm fu**in' covered all over in earl".
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  24. voxnut
    Joined: Oct 30, 2008
    Posts: 205

    from sacramento

    That is completely bitchin'! From all the magazines and photos, I was always struck that they ran weedburners for longer than almost everyone else and still remained competetive.


    This was from 1965- long after nearly everyone else had switched to zoomies...
  25. 60srailjob
    Joined: Nov 14, 2008
    Posts: 1,205

    from nowhere

    All i can say is wow!!!
  26. Thrillbilly
    Joined: Sep 29, 2007
    Posts: 33

    from Joplin,MO

    Looks like it came out of a time capsule. Beautiful car!!
  27. olddrags
    Joined: Oct 19, 2006
    Posts: 476

    from ky

    These guys were honored a couple yrs ago at the HRR in B/G .great group!
    I believe one of the members sadly passed away right after the Bowling Green event!
  28. brocluno
    Joined: Nov 1, 2009
    Posts: 163


    Nice end for the digger, someone who cares :) Glad it was not cut up long ago :)

    Nice shot of the TASCA Ford. Raced one like it back in the day. Heavy, but if you got the weight transfer right they'd come out of the hole hard :)
  29. Bullrack
    Joined: Aug 14, 2008
    Posts: 336

    from Louisiana

    Damn, now I have to change my digger plans again! I see so many I like, but this is the one. Proud to see it in good hands. Amazing that it stayed intact this long without changes.

    And yes, those Galaxies could leave the line very hard when set up properly. My Dad's '63 1/2 is just a 390 tri-power car and it'll leave with some of the best 'em. It's all about weight transfer and not blowing the tires off. Steven.

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