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History 1938 hotrods at the dry lakes

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by TraderJack, Jul 9, 2008.

  1. TraderJack
    Joined: Apr 10, 2008
    Posts: 330


    If you haven't seen this take a look and see what it was really like.

    I was there at the Harper's meet, and saw Tomy Lee's offie, but can not remember any but Rufi's .

    Which suprised everyone

    If it is a duplicate , so be it!

  2. plan9
    Joined: Jun 3, 2003
    Posts: 4,062


    you must have some good stories to tell, amazing... the REAL McCoy! thanks for posting them pictures up, real treat :)

    the picture of tommy lee's car and the 4 roadsters runnin' abreast are fantastic.
  3. Evel
    Joined: Jun 25, 2002
    Posts: 9,038

    1. 60s Show Rods

    Wow thats awesome!!

  4. 5wbomber
    Joined: Nov 30, 2005
    Posts: 1,451


    thats so cool. the 4 roadsters together are bitchin!
  5. TraderJack
    Joined: Apr 10, 2008
    Posts: 330


    Road to Harpers with my neighbor football player in a 29 roadster with winfield Redhead and Winfield carb , plus, of course the straight pipes. Left San Diego about 8 pm and drove up their at about 65 miles per hour, which was a great speed at that time. Exhaust manifold glowing red, and headlights that let you see about 100 feet ahead of you. thriilling ride. Coming into Victorville, we lost all the bearings in the engine coming down the grade into town, so had to put in in garage in town and fix the bearings in the morning, Might have been because the A used about 2 quarts of oil in 75 miles, and , of course , we had little money. We would stop in a gas station and look for the used oil drum, dip out a couple of quarts and take off again. Didn't know what the oil was, but it was free! Any way, we got there and were sitting in the Road Ramblers pit when Rufi went by and everyone stood up to look as it was the fastest car we had ever seen.

    Road back to San Diego in a Studebaker President Convertible that had a 90mph tag on the dash board. Long and slow at 45 mph back to San Diego, I was all of 16 at the time.

    I remember at one of the Harper's meet, Kong, of the ignition makers, fired up about 5 in the morning, came storming back to his location and hit his tow car dead center in the rear.

    But, it is amazing what you can remember as you get older!

    Tommy Lee had an Alfa 6C, two 1938 Cadillac V16s, a Figoni-Falaschi coupe and the offie roadster there. Amazingly rich man!

  6. TraderJack
    Joined: Apr 10, 2008
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  7. Shifty Shifterton
    Joined: Oct 1, 2006
    Posts: 4,964

    Shifty Shifterton

    Awesome pictures and stories. Thanks for sharing
  8. Great stuff, thanks for remembering and sharing those memories.
  9. 65 impala
    Joined: Jan 12, 2007
    Posts: 1,086

    65 impala

  10. alsancle
    Joined: Nov 30, 2005
    Posts: 1,562


    Very cool indeed.
  11. Tman
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 34,901


    Wow! Thanks for the stories! This is heavy.................
  12. ANewBeat
    Joined: May 1, 2005
    Posts: 245

    from Floriduh

    Very cool! Thank you.
  13. great stuff, thankyou sir!
  14. Asphalt Outlaw Hero
    Joined: Dec 9, 2006
    Posts: 971

    Asphalt Outlaw Hero
    from Dixie

    Really cool.Anyone know who sang the soundtrack?
  15. The Wrong-Un
    Joined: Oct 8, 2004
    Posts: 410

    The Wrong-Un

    Incredible stuff Trader Jack. If you have any more please share them with us.

    I hope you don't mind but I'm putting up the picture you were trying to put up in your last post. It looks like it has the makings of a cool car, any more info on that one?

  16. Rick O'Shea
    Joined: Jun 20, 2008
    Posts: 78

    Rick O'Shea

    went well with morning coffee
  17. JeffreyJames
    Joined: Jun 13, 2007
    Posts: 16,612

    from SUGAR CITY

    The modified at 1:28 secs thru 1:30 secs is awesome!!! I would love to see some more pics of that thing. Very cool video!
  18. ChevyGirlRox
    Joined: May 13, 2005
    Posts: 3,490

    from Ohio

    Wow, thanks so much for sharing the photos and the story. Do tell more! :D

    Thanks Zach for putting it all together.
  19. skidsteer
    Joined: Mar 19, 2007
    Posts: 1,251


    Truly an American treasure. thank you.
  20. JeffreyJames
    Joined: Jun 13, 2007
    Posts: 16,612

    from SUGAR CITY

    At the end there is a couple shits of them running a belly tank type car. I thought that was not until after the war when Bill Burke had the idea of running one of them on the lakes. Any info on that?
  21. 60'shotrod
    Joined: Nov 18, 2007
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  22. KCsledz
    Joined: Jun 19, 2003
    Posts: 2,333


  23. Grey hairs ... B/w pics... Neat old stuff is new again!
  24. SUHRsc
    Joined: Sep 27, 2005
    Posts: 5,079


    thats Bob Rufi....home made body
    maybe why Burke thought the tanks looked so good?
  25. JeffreyJames
    Joined: Jun 13, 2007
    Posts: 16,612

    from SUGAR CITY

    Wow, I had no idea that they were making hand made belly tank type bodies in the 30's. That's something that I am going to have to dive into and start learning about. There was so much growth in that short period of about ten years it's crazy. Forward thinking minds our grandfathers had huh?
  26. So the Whippet grille shells were allready being used on hotrods way back then. Nice stuff.
  27. touchdowntodd
    Joined: Jan 15, 2005
    Posts: 4,068


    very, very cool... damn
  28. Burny
    Joined: Dec 20, 2004
    Posts: 1,600


    Awesome! Thanks for sharing.
  29. TraderJack
    Joined: Apr 10, 2008
    Posts: 330


    Yep, that big picture of me in my Rajo is from 1937, Notice the complete lack of safety equipment, and,of course, no floorboards. That is a Rajo 8valve, with winfield carbuerator, had no exhaust pipe , exhaust was direct out of the exhaust manifold,. Had a Ruxtell rear end, and that gave if 4 speeds forward, and 2 speeds in reverse.

    In the center of the dashboard (lol) you can see the air pump for the gasoline tank.

    Too you younger folks the T had a 3 pedal system for the transmission, One reverse pedal, one brake pedal, and on two speed pedal, and the Ruxtell was a two speed rear end that was lever shifted in the cockpit. so when you took off with it you would press the pedal for low with the ruckstell in low, then shift the rucktell for second, pull the ruckstell back to low as you let up on the transmission pedal, and then shift the ruckstell to high gear. All sorts of action, but not really very fast.

    And notice it only had rear wheel brakes, besides the transmission brake.

    Had too much camber in the front end, so one time I went around a corner, up a guy's drive way and into the guys garage wall. cost me $25 to have the garage fixed.

    Speaking of the cost of gasoline, when I was running this thing, gasoline was 11-15 cents a gallon , with ethyl at 15 cents.

    When I was going to highschool I had a 50 cents a week allowance!

    But 15 cents was 2/3 of an hours salary! Equivilent cost of gasoline now, here in California, would be about $6 a gallon.

    Trader Jack

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