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Hot Rods Any PICS on the 555 (Triple Nickel) A roadster?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Jeff Norwell, Oct 7, 2008.

  1. Jeff Norwell
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    HA HA ...Ahh Neil.. ya kill me:)
     
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  2. Jeff Norwell
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    Hey...I think I know SOMEONE who did that with a 409;)
     
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  3. Roothawg
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    Jeff, the video goes out Friday morning.

    I re-watched the video and it has the black version for a split second.
     
  4. buzzard
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    The El Toro car runs every year at the Day of the Drags. You should come down in a couple of weeks and see it for yourself !
     
  5. gnarlytyler
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    I think you should do it.. roadster for sure..
     
  6. Elmo Rodge
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    Jeff, I sent you a PM. Wayno
     
  7. Here is a link to some pics I took of the car a couple months ago. Not sure why you can't click on the pic, but click on the link below. It'll take you there... :)
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  8. Jeff, I love your idea! I really love the old drag roadsters. I had a plan to build a street version and had collected most of the parts when my 34 5w body came along and I switched my plan to a drag coupe, street version. The 555 car is one of my all time favorites.

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  9. Church
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    Not the 555, but drag styled roadters from the early 60's at Fremont drag strip in Nor Cal. Dad took the pics. Me likey.
     

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  10. Yeah, roadster for sure. Go for it Jeff!
     
  11. Jeff Norwell
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    Wow!
    Thanks so much for ALL the input and great reference fellas.... it really helps.
    The only thing that will bug me about this possible build will be the roll bar.
    I guess I must run a double hoop....to be legal... and I am not sure of the rules... but does the cage need to be a certain height above the body line out of the cockpit?
    I was looking at dragsters(modern) and cages look sunk and low(better visually.)

    I was looking at the Thacker/Shine B-ville roadster and the caged hoop sticks out real high....

    Anyhow.... more research is needed.:)
     

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  12. Jeff Norwell
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    As compared to this cage......
     

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  13. rooman
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    Jeff,
    Brendan's cage looks perfect because he understands that nostalgia cars should look, well, nostalgic.

    The only reason for the cage to stick up high is to make room for the driver. Build the frame using a set of 32 rails but drop the crossmembers to the bottom of the frame in the cockpit and you should be able to sit deep enough to have a low cage. Brendans cage is bent on a 6" clr and is a little tight at the top with the current helmets. I have a 7" clr die for 1.625 tubing that would work perfectly for what you need.
    If you got a set of outer skin panels from Brookville you could do a steel body that would be light enough to tilt and it would also make it easier to punch lots of louvers.

    Roo
     
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  14. Roothawg
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    Depends on how fast you go Jeffie.

    Listen to Roo......Roo knows all. Seriously.....
     
  15. Jeff Norwell
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    Rooman.....Your one of the reasons I love this place.

    Great info.

    Root/... I would very happy to run in the 10 sec range.
     
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  16. Dragway42
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    Just to clarify the story, the Triple Nickel / 555 that is on its way to Bakersfield for this weekend's California Hot Rod Reunion IS indeed the original roller, restored this summer.

    My father "kept the car safe and warm for the past 42 years" before selling it to the Murray family a few months ago.

    For those trying to keep up with the ownership trail, the "original" 555 went...

    Waters and Murray (California) Sky Blue 1955-1958
    Jim Earp (Kansas) Sky Blue 1958-59
    Johnson and Morgan (Texas) Black 1960-1964
    Cox and Daniels / Paul Neff / Arrow Speed Shop (Missouri) Black, then Candy Apple Red 1965-66
    Barry Darlington (Missouri) 1966-2008
    Murray Family (California) 2008-up

    Below is a picture of the car, just before it was shipped to California.

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  17. Now I'm really confused. (not unusual for me) The last post says it's the original car, but an earlier post said the car was so far gone that a clone was built!!! The roadster in the photo above doesn't look too bad to not be restored. What are the real facts?
    This photo was posted in Dragracingonline.com today with text referring to it's being on display this weekend at Bakersfield.
     

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  18. Tom davison
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    On a similar note Jeff, I just got word that Jerry Cogswell's 222 duece drag roadster from the 60's is being restored. He ran it back then and it was also a show winner in the winter car shows around Kansas City.
     
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  19. Jeff Norwell
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    Tom..... do you have any pics on that car?

    Jeez.... all the good numbers are being taken.ha ha
     
  20. Jeff Norwell
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    The Double Loonie Toonie.....
    only a Canuck would know what that meant:rolleyes:
     
  21. Tom davison
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    Jeff, I couldn't come up with any, but maybe some of the guys that are still in KC will have something.
     
  22. Dragway42
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    555 vs. 222

    Arrow Speed Shop vs. Carl's Speed Shop

    These two cars faced each other often during the final days at KCTA.

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  23. Candy-Man
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    You have a 5 window deuce body, what is the issue Jeff ? Go for it...... He, He !!!!!
     
  24. Jeff Norwell
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    BLASPHEMY!!!!!!!!!!:)

    ha ha ha
     
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  25. autobilly
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    Yes the cage is high and perhaps a little out of proportion, but I've always liked the look of this car. Goes well too!
     
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