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Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by WillysRule, Dec 5, 2010.
Steveo do you have any info on that yellow 33 ?
Body was from this car then sold to Dave Beaubein (sp?)
Dave redid chassis and set it up for SOHC injected motor but did not finish it. Dave Meals bought it around 67-8 and ran with injected 426 Hemi, he had some Hrudka connection back then. Jess Belton Jr. bought car around 70 less motor and trans. and raced it with stout 331 Chevy and 4 speed then car went to sleep around 73. I bought it in 93 in untouched as raced condition. Raced and showed up until I sold it in 97, last heard it's in collection in Ok? That's how I rember info, could be a little off.
Thanks steveo, thats a lot of good info. I'm looking for Jack Merkel's steel 33 as shown in post #2275. a person we know bought the car but I was in Vietnam and lost track with a lot of guys from the old neighbor. Only after many years did I learn it went out to California and was raced as a S/G car, it has disappeared. I would just like to know what has become of it and Bob Grimm.
There was a collection of Willys and other cars out at the Metatal Airport near Detroit. I believe the owner - and Metatal Airport - are both gone now. Does anybody know what happened to the collection?
Chry Terror vs SWC. Attention in the pits!! Jeff Jones to the tower.
What did it look like as a S/G car?
Don't know Steveo I last saw it as Jack sold it. My only guess is that it was yellow.
[/QUOTE] This was the yellow coupe
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Here's a name that kind of came and went for me, Johnny Rocca. I saw him race this A/Gas a few
times but never got into his Pro/Mod '33 or '49 Merc, "Ironhorse".
You've done this before Rob
The inside joke is that Jeff Jones built Chry Terror for the street, with a Chrysler and hydro, but the pic above is photoshopped.
To me, that's the best Rocca's 33 ever looked. (I think I saw a video of it getting wadded up.) Here it is against Oregonian Mel Bryson at Sears Point in the pretty early days of Nostalgia Racing.
More pics. of yellow 33 evolution
Whose Willys is in the far lane??
Looks like Jim Tippers "Flurtin' with Desaster" ( old B.C. car) before paint.
I believe "Flirtin" is in near lane (notice chopped top) and was owned by Don D? at the time. Far lane???
Virgil Cates altered
Black car evolved into blue car, I have lots of history on that coupe
Central Mass. car 64-66?
Altizer Finders & Kibler
KS Pittman in UK ?
KS Pittman S/E ?
Yes, KS Pittman at the Inaugural British Drag Racing Festival in 1964...
S/E probably meant Street Eliminator, a common designation for a class for gassers, altereds and Modified Production glumped together.
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