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  1. Bobby Green
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    Other than a Bellytank Lakester, which to me was always the purist shape and form for a landspeed car, my other true love was an early, single seater, roundy round big car. The style of these early purpose built race cars is pure elegance. So it's always been on my #2 list. And luckily, there is still a racing organization that recognizes these cars and has a competitive class for them,.... the SCTA .

    Some of you know about my latest Bonneville project that has been in the works for the past 3-4 years, but I've been fairly quiet about it until it was closer to being a reality.
    Well, now that time is finally at hand, so I thought I would share the build pics with everyone.

    The car will run in the scta's VOT class (vintage oval track). It's a body class devoted to vintage race cars with pre 1948 engines. We plan to run the model B race engines that we run in the Bellytank, and eventually run the 270 Offy motor that I acquired last year.

    The car started as a cowl and tail that was built 30-40 years ago by an aircraft guy that unfortunately passed away some time ago. I was told the body was a back up body for a racing champ car, but I'm not sure which one. The grill was from a 30's Indy car and is hand made from steel. A real work of art. My friend Kieth Allen (who never sells anything) had both in the rafters of his garage. He only sold them to me cuz he knew I would do something with them. I think I made him proud.

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    I started the work with a pair of hat shaped stamped frame rails from my friend Allen Decker, and then the rear kick up and front frame horns were made from scratch. The front axle is a 20's something Chrysler and the parallel leaf springs are a combination of 30's Essex, 30's studebaker, and ford truck hardware, along with some handmade parts.
    The drivetrain consists of a 38 Lincoln zephyr transmission with later 25 tooth gears mated to a 40's Franklin quickchange. The same rear end I run In the tank, it's never failed.

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    Once I got the car to a roller with the help of friends Logan Davis, Tyrell, and Lantz Soliday, it sat for quite a few months as other projects took precedent.
    But once Logan called me to say he was re- opening his old shop "Milestone hot rods" , now called "vintage performance", I said, Great, now you can finish the Indy car, and he did just that, in the few months that it's been at his shop, it's really taken off, thanks in part to fellow Sidewinder Chuck, who has hand bucked over a thousand rivets, she'll definitely be running next year.
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    Here's the start of the roll cage

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    We took her out to El Mirage last weekend to pre tech. That's Logans roadster towing behind.

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    That's about it for now. I'll keep updating as things progress. I hope it inspires, as others inspire me.
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    Oh, forgot to mention, Artist "Coop" will be working on the "Grey Goose" logo for her. I'll post some pics when he's done.
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    looking good, love the beautiful body work.
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    HOLY SHIT THAT IS BADASS!!!!!


    Whats the plan for the motor?
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    that is awesome Bobby, the Offy motor belongs in there.
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    Looks great! Reminds me a bit of the Murphy/MILLER LSR car. Good luck with it. Bob [​IMG]
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    wow, just wow! thats amazing
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    OMG - that's beautiful Bobby!
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    Wow. Kick Ass. Can't wait to see this one in person.
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    That's gorgeous Bobby. Outstanding work guys!
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    You kids have the neatest toys!

    Great looking car.
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    Shing-a-ling, man what a beautiful build. We are very partial to single seaters here in our camp. The car on that beautiful hauler was over the top. Thanx for sharing. Here is xderlict's single seater. ~sololobo~

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    That is just to cool!
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    VERY COOL!!!
    But you still suck:D
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    Looks like a great project. Lots of fun.
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    To say 'very nice' is an understatement - it is too sweet.
    I have a question about the underslung, i see the front rails dip and teh front of the spring is rigid while just the rear shackle can move? Is that typical?
    The front axle, is that from a miller or is the kingpin socket a welded piece? The ones i've seen on some millers that socket is a seperate casting pinned to the tube.
    Is there any filler/welding to the cowl? It isn't just one piece is it?
    Thanks, oj
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    Wow, Bobby, that is freakin' awesome!
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    wow bobby, looks awesome! i remember seeing it in parts at the shop, thats just too cool!
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    Bobby, i thought you might be interested in this photo of a Harry Miller dirt car posted yesterday on TheOldMotor. The body of your car almost carries the same proportions.

    Go here... http://theoldmotor.com/?p=20912
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    Can't wait to see and hear that thing run with the Offy in it... Gonna rule.
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    Geeeezzzz! A new member to the family is always welcome! Wonderful work, tell alll Hello from me! Crow. LFFL
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    Now that's pretty damn cool.... I can't wait to see it finished so hurry up. :p
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    Oh man that's awesome. Can't say that I've ever seen or heard a running Offy...lookin' forward to it.
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    I love that Murphy/Miller car. Thanks for the pic.

    Yea, it seems like forever doesn't it.

    That's a beautiful car, I remember seeing it in Texas once.

    The cowl is 3 pieces, gas welded together, although the craftsmanship is soo good it's hard to tell, even in bare metal. The axle is a 20's Chrysler, or so I was told. I can't seem to find any pictures of another one. And yes, the front spring setup was quite common on 30-40's cars.
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    Woweewawa! Awesome!
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    Wow. Very inspirational indeed. I saw your car at El Mirage last weekend, so cool.

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    bout time... :D

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