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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by chopper cliff, Aug 25, 2011.

  1. chopper cliff
    Joined: Aug 19, 2011
    Posts: 265

    chopper cliff
    from lodi ca

    This month Rod & Custom has afeature on this car, and what is best is I grew up hearing about, and it's demise. The car was owned by Albert Dal Porto a Linden Ca, farmer, built by Ray Righetti, and John Arracalde, local boys. Being a heavy equipment mech and a Linden native, I got 1st info from these folk. Al is 1 of my customers and is still farming at 90+, and I am 1 of Ray's customers, still building engines at 80+ Ray now builds HD Diesel engines but still builds Flatheads. Getting up close and personal with the car and it's new owner at Pomona this year was like going to heaven. The remains were found at Carl's hot rod and vintage auto back yard ( 10+ acres) I have known and bought parts from him since I was about 14 , I am 60 now. John passed away several yr's ago and was known for his engines, Alot of history is in the Stkn, Lodi, Linden area of Ca, I raced at Kingdon drag strip, where alot of this history happened, proud to be apart of it. Chow, Cliff
  2. Great story.

  3. alchemy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2002
    Posts: 16,727


    Get the latest RnC. You won't be sorry.
  4. Tman
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 33,857


    Yes, worth buying the issue, killer car!

  5. B Lawrence
    Joined: Nov 18, 2009
    Posts: 232

    B Lawrence
    from Ham.

    another great story.....excellant..
  6. Very nice!! Worth the admission.
  7. YES one of the nicest roadster ever built, I was really happy to see it had been restored!
  8. hoof22
    Joined: Jan 15, 2008
    Posts: 530


    Thanks for the article JB. Wow, spectacular car! I've always loved the use of the cutaway drawings, they always answer that "how did they...?" questions about a build. I better go get the mag, I gotta see more of this incredible piece.

  9. NateSedan
    Joined: Jan 12, 2008
    Posts: 59

    from Oregon

    Thanks for posting. Since I got my RnC I have read the article 4 times. Killer stuff.
  10. Angry Frenchman
    Joined: Feb 12, 2006
    Posts: 1,754

    Angry Frenchman

    I just read the story last week and it is amazeing how they were able to save and rebuilted it. I'm realy glad they did.
  11. metalshapes
    Joined: Nov 18, 2002
    Posts: 10,706

    Tech Editor


    Beautiful car.

    I hope Coker will start making those 6.00X16 Firestone Indy tires to match the 7.60X16 he already has.

    Then you'd have something that is really close to this setup.

    I'd switch my Roadster over to them...

    ( Edit.
    Looks like the restored car is on the same size on all corners )
  12. Jeem
    Joined: Sep 12, 2002
    Posts: 5,885

    Alliance Vendor

    You ain't kidding, that thing is truly B-I-T-C-H-I-N.
  13. seatex
    Joined: Oct 24, 2006
    Posts: 2,661


    Man, can the HAMB just get any better than that? fkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk!
  14. hotrd32
    Joined: May 16, 2007
    Posts: 3,517

    from WA

    Unbelievable restore when you see what he started with.........outstanding car!

  15. 50Fraud
    Joined: May 6, 2001
    Posts: 9,776


    Loved that car when I first saw it in Hop Up waaayback. Never understood the surface transition from the wide nose to the narrower T cowl until seeing pictures of the restoration. Very interesting!
  16. tfeverfred
    Joined: Nov 11, 2006
    Posts: 15,792


    Freakin' awesome!

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