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160mph Compressed Air Dragster

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Agentx66x, Feb 29, 2008.

  1. BJR
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    So why the slicks? if it was powered by thrust only.
     
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  2. Reminded me of that turbine that was designed to replace the center section of the rear-end. My memory isn't what it used to be but, I recall it was marketed (maybe) by a company called Turbonique in Florida (?) and their ads always pictured it under a mid-sixties Chevelle. Does that ring a bell with anyone or have I completely lost it? I'll search the old magazines for one of their ads. Seems they were short-lived........................Don.
     
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  3. Work4it
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    VERY COOL, I agree about having to have big balls. 10,000 psi compressed gas, express ride to meet your maker if you got in wreck. Awesome
     
  4. That is crazy I love it..
     
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  5. Speed Gems
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    I always thought those were dual fuel tanks and that the driver was crazy because if the thing ever blew up he' get fried.:eek:
    garrett-3.JPeG
     
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  6. GordonC
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    LothianDon1940,

    I seem to recall seeing one of those Turbonique rear axle setups under a 63 1/2 Galaxie. It looked like one of the factory light weight cars, all black and wicked looking, but had that weird ass rear end in it! Don't recall the performance numbers tho.

    Gordon
     
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  8. ironrodder
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    The Turbonic chevelle was part of the Joey Chitwood Thrill Show. Still powered with I think a 396 engine with the turbo 3rd member. Saw it in the '60's at Kil Kare in Xenia, Oh but I don't remember the times. Kinda remember high in front and a lot a smoke out the back.
     
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  9. H380
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    Look at the burnout picture. Looks like the wheels were driven to me.
     
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  10. ..............................That's the one, guys! Thanks for jogging my memories. Wonder what happened to the car and for that matter, what ever happened to the company (Turbonique)?
     
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  11. Flatblack 31
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    There is a whole article on the company and pictures of some of the cars in the latest Hot Rod Magazine


    Sent by homing pigeon!
     
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  12. I will check it out
     
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  13. Speed Gems
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  14. Speed Gems
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    Here's the Oct. '62 article posted on my thread by @nmpontiac . I croped it a little.
    red turbine.jpg red turbine 4.jpg red turbine 2.jpg red turbine 3.jpg
     
  15. khead47
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    I seen the Aireasearch car at Detroit Dragway back in the 60s. Very strange. It was wheel driven.
     
  16. The photos in the OPs post are of two different cars - the Speed Sport car (from the Oct 62 Hot Rod article) and Dale Grantham's car (with the side tanks) from a 64(?) article.
     
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  17. mike bowling
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    Great thread- keep posting!
    I've been watching the guy on here building the steam powered car- pretty cool stuff.
    The need for speed knows no limits!!
     

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