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History #990 "Golden Rod" Streamliner ... PICS!!!

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by HEMI32, Sep 11, 2008.

  1. KIRK!
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    I'd love to do a story on this for Dirtyhero.com
     
  2. rod1
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    So... if the number of 990 was based on the dollars invested in 1952, and according to cpi inflation calendar, that would be 8702.92 in 2013. 200mph for less than 9K.Now there is a challenge...
     
  3. I just stumbled upon @Joe Fontaine's H.A.M.B. album with some amazing photos of his old friend Tommy Thompson's #990 streamliner :D ... Enjoy!

    Here's some B&W snapshots:

    TOMMY THOMPSON\'S STREAMLINER 1 (by Joe Fontaine).jpg
    TOMMY THOMPSON\'S STREAMLINER 2 (by Joe Fontaine).jpg
    TOMMY THOMPSON\'S STREAMLINER 3 (by Joe Fontaine).jpg
    TOMMY THOMPSON\'S STREAMLINER 4 (by Joe Fontaine).jpg
    images by @Joe Fontaine
     
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  5. ... some pics of the liner's powertrain:

    ENGINE FOR TOMMY\'S STREAMLINER (by Joe Fontaine).jpg
    ONE OF TOMMY ENGINES (by Joe Fontaine).jpg
    SHIFT LINKAGE FOR TOMMY\'S STREAMLINER (by Joe Fontaine).jpg
    FUEL TANK MADE FROM ALUMINIUM BEER KEG (by Joe Fontaine).jpg
    images by @Joe Fontaine
     
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  6. ... and a few pics of the 'liner after Tommy's 1964 wreck at the Denver racetrack:

    TOMMY THOMPSON\'S STREAMLINER AFTER WRECK IN COLORADO 2 (by Joe Fontaine).jpg
    TOMMY THOMPSON\'S STREAMLINER AFTER WRECK IN COLORADO 3 (by Joe Fontaine).jpg
    TOMMY THOMPSON\'S STREAMLINER AFTER WRECK IN COLORADO 1 (by Joe Fontaine).jpg
    images by @Joe Fontaine
     
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2014
  7. Great pics Todd, thanks for posting.
     
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  8. Photo from my collection.
    jpb-bonneville-goldenrod-thompson.jpg P
     
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  9. steven fralin
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    new paper 1990x 001.jpg don 1990X.JPG yep that Don Kehr and I'm the long hair guy with my back turn
     
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  10. OFT
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    Nice blurb in Lincoln paper. I went over with Don Walling, looked at car and heard them fire up the Ardun. Awesome sounding motor!
     
  11. steven fralin
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    here are some more pic at that time when I work with Don Kehr we were racing f fords and supper V's and Can- Am at the time 77-80 the team was working out of my shop ( perpetual motion in Lincoln ) scan0002.jpg
     
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  12. steven fralin
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  13. Here's a few more pics culled from the Internet ...

    ... Tommy's #990C 'liner (with the Breene & Haller Lakester) at Bonneville in 1953:

    #990C and the Breene & Haller Tank at Bonneville in \'53 (by Joe Barnett).jpg
    image from the Joe Barnett Collection

    ... Thompson's "Golden Rod" 'liner in line behind Herbert's "Beast 5" 'liner at Bonneville in 1954:

    Chet Herbert Beast V with Tommy Thompson\'s liner in line - 1954 (by David Selway).jpg
    image from the David Selway Collection

    ... and the A.R. "Tommy" Thompson #990C "Golden Rod" 'liner in the pits at Bonneville in 1954 or 1955:

    Golden Rod 1955 (by Joe Henning).jpg
    image from the Joe Henning Collection
    previously posted (HERE)
     
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  14. Look what showed up at the "TROG West" event today (Friday, October 14th 2016):

    TROG West  Campground (by Sherm Porter on 14-OCT-16).JPG
    image by @fuely32


    Thompson Golden Rod  @ TROG West (3-4 front by Blues4U on 14-OCT-16).jpg
    Thompson Golden Rod  @ TROG West (Olds engine by Blues4U on 14-OCT-16).jpg
    Thompson Golden Rod  @ TROG West (3-4 rear by Blues4U on 14-OCT-16).jpg
    images by @Blues4U


    Thompson Golden Rod @ TROG West (by Tbomb428 on 14-OCT-16).jpg
    image by @Tbomb428
     
    Last edited: Oct 19, 2016
  15. das858
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    A friend of mine took me to see this car in the early '80's in Lincoln, when it was flathead powered, a fond memory for me.
     
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  16. Here's some more pics of the "Golden Rod" 'liner at the "TROG West" event (shot on Sunday, October 16th 2016):

    Tommy Thompson Golden Rod @ TROG West (by general gow on 16-OCT-16).jpg.jpg
    image by @general gow


    Thompson Golden Rod @ TROG West (by Tbomb428 on 16-OCT-16).jpg
    image by @Tbomb428


    Thompson Golden Rod @ TROG West (by Gordon Gates on 16-OCT-16).jpg
    Thompson Golden Rod @ TROG West (rear by Gordon Gates on 16-OCT-16).jpg
    images by Gordon Gates
     
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  17. Some newly discovered photos from the "Salt Lake Tribune Negative Collection" ... taken on August 23, 1961:

    Tommy Thompson  8-23-1961 (5).jpg
    Tommy Thompson 8-23-1961 (7).jpg
    Tommy Thompson 8-23-1961 (8).jpg
     
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  18. I've had these images in my archives for several years ... but just now realized I never posted them in this thread! :eek:

    This (circa 1954, 1955, or 1956) Wayne Koeppe photograph of Thompson's #990 C streamliner:


     
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  21. Here's a nice indoor shot of the #990c 'liner:

    #990c in Shop.jpg
    photographer unknown
     
    Last edited: Apr 6, 2017
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  22. Here's some pics of the #990c "Golden Rod" Streamliner at the 2017 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance:

    Streamliners @ 2017 Amelia Island Concours dElegance.jpg
    image by Rory Jurnecka (for Automobile magazine)

    @ 2017 Amelia Island Concours (by Revs Institute).jpg
    image by The Revs Institute

    Streamliner Award Winner @ 2017 Amelia Island Concours dElegance.jpg
    Amelia Award - Streamliners
    "1952 Ford Golden Rod"
    Tom McIntyre - Burbank, CA
     
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  23. Jockos Liner and Goldenrod together, that's not a Concours d'Elegance that's HEAVEN!
     
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  24. Just a bump of an old thread ... 'cuz I spent a couple hours fixing all my posts with images hosted on Photobucket ... and replaced them with higher rez versions of the images.
     
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  25. rod1
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    And for this you are my Hero.Thank you for the Extra time spent!
     
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  26. R A Wrench
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    Thank You, Great History.
     
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  27. In November of 2017, HOT ROD DELUXE did a feature article about the two Dry Lakes cars in Tom McIntyre's collection ... namely the Williams Bros. '29 Roadster and Tommy Thompson's "Goldenrod" Streamliner.

    The photos for the article were shot at El Mirage ... Here's some bitchin' photographs of the #990c "Golden Rod" Streamliner:

    001-mcintyre-williams-bros-1929-ford-model-a-roadster-thompson-golden-rod-streamliner-el-mirage.jpg
    001-mcintyre-williams-bros-1932-ford-roadster-thompson-streamliner-el-mirage.jpg
    027-mcintyre-williams-bros-1929-ford-model-a-roadster-thompson-golden-rod-streamliner-el-mirage.jpg
    028-mcintyre-williams-bros-1929-ford-model-a-roadster-thompson-golden-rod-streamliner-el-mirage.jpg
    009-mcintyre-thompson-streamliner-side.jpg
    017-mcintyre-thompson-golden-rod-streamliner-front-three-quarter.jpg
    026-mcintyre-thompson-golden-rod-streamliner-rear-three-quarter.jpg
    045-mcintyre-thompson-golden-rod-streamliner-side.jpg
    images by Wesley Allison (& Roberta Conroy)​
     
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  28. ... some body detail shots:

    018-mcintyre-thompson-golden-rod-streamliner-front-high-angle.jpg
    054-mcintyre-thompson-golden-rod-streamliner-paint-detail.jpg
    055-mcintyre-thompson-golden-rod-streamliner-rear-wheel-tire.jpg
    046-mcintyre-thompson-golden-rod-streamliner-tail-fin.jpg
    images by Wesley Allison
     
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  29. ... some engine / transmission detail shots:

    021-mcintyre-thompson-golden-rod-streamliner-engine.jpg
    047-mcintyre-thompson-golden-rod-streamliner-oldsmobile-rocket-engine.jpg
    049-mcintyre-thompson-golden-rod-streamliner-valve-cover-detail.jpg
    051-mcintyre-thompson-golden-rod-streamliner-cooling-hoses-detail.jpg
    022-mcintyre-thompson-golden-rod-streamliner-driveline.jpg
    images by Wesley Allison
     
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  30. ... and some cockpit detail shots:

    023-mcintyre-thompson-golden-rod-streamliner-interior.jpg
    048-mcintyre-thompson-golden-rod-streamliner-cragar-steering-wheel.jpg
    052-mcintyre-thompson-golden-rod-streamliner-instrument-panel.jpg
    053-mcintyre-thompson-golden-rod-streamliner-switches.jpg
    024-mcintyre-thompson-golden-rod-streamliner-pedals.jpg
    050-mcintyre-thompson-golden-rod-streamliner-seat.jpg
    025-mcintyre-thompson-golden-rod-streamliner-rollbar.jpg
    images by Wesley Allison
     

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