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The Doug Caruthers Modified

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  1. Jive-Bomber
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  2. 1950ChevySuburban
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    Cool little car, simple and perfect!
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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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    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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    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

    Roy Caruthers
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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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    My replica will be of the car as it was when my dad had it
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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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    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"
  10. 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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    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.:D
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    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.

    Just sayin'!
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    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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    I got it Corn boy.. Good call!!!

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    I just like OLD stuff, what was it it running back in the Banger days with Buffalo wires? [​IMG]
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    That would make a Killer shirt :rolleyes:
  17. originally had a Rajo T and later updated to what I believe was a Miller-Schofield topped banger.
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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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    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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    Why don't you post what parts are missing... I'm sure some of use would contribute to this historic build or direct you to someone that may have them...
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    I'm guessing your going to build it with the short wheelbase and flathead? In my opinion, that would be the proper way. No need to have a twin to the Chrisman version.
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    I think you bought an old sprint car grille shell from me a few years ago didn't you?
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    thanks for posting the pic Joshua.
    The white version does look pretty serious.
    I'm thinking Miler shell too.
    Please post more specifications if anybody has 'em. Rear axle, tranny?
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    Im not the best photographer but here are a couple of shots of Arts 25 car at his shop.

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    This car has been at the top of my list for years , i had some of the parts to build a copy ..axle , grill , frame ...But for me the Caruthers version is the Best, the long w/b just kills the #25 car for me
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    Did this car start out as a T, or was it a complete ground-up build?

    -Dave
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    Amazing. Thanks for posting!
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    I think at one point it was a short wheel base, then converted back to long. I assume the long wheel base is best for the drags, right?
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    Significant iron no matter which perspective one views it. I am certain Roy (Racer 5C) will do it justice in his tribute build.

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