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Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by bigalturk1, Mar 23, 2011.

  1. yruhot
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    Got any pictures? I pretty much grew up at the stardust raceway in the late sixties till closing.so sad. Anyway I'm sure I saw it,cant remember it off the top of my head but sounds cool. yruhot,Doug
     
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    GREAT photos, thanks for posting.yruhot.
     
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  3. enloe
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  4. elgringo71
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    Is this the Vicious Vette? image.jpeg image.jpeg image.jpeg image.jpeg image.jpeg
     
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    Vicious Vette for comparison

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  6. enloe
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    It sure looks VISCIOUS to me
     
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  7. Baron
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    Lot of similarities Jason. These old race cars were constantly changing as the rules changed and the et's were dropping.
    Actually better looking in it's earlier days. I am usually not a fan of any of these C 1's once the tops are off, but I do like the looks of this one. Maybe that windscreen does it for me.
     
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  8. elgringo71
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    I agree Baron they always look better with tops but there is something special about that first version. It just flows well, the hoods scoop, windshield and wheels and stance help it a lot. I also like the grille area with the little moon tank.
     
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  10. elgringo71
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    You bring up a good point about the emblem being removed. I think that you are right about it being used for access to the fuel tank but I also wonder if it wasn't also to allow more air flow under the hood kind of like a little ram air. I have seen some cars that raced with the back of the hood unlatched and they would be up 1/2" to an inch and I assumed that this was another trick to get a little more air flow and power out of the car.

     
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  11. vetrod62
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    I tried that at our 2009 Fall race. Made absolutely no difference in ET. Propped up or shut, all runs were within 2 or 3 hundreds.

    [​IMG]
     
  12. elgringo71
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    Thanks for the answer, racers are always looking for any edge especially when racing evenly matched cars. That is a great looking black 62 that you have.

     
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  13. Scottrodsllc
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    Chassis is coming together on the ScottRods Custom 63 Split Window Gasser build ,Rearend setup is next then the front axle from Bill Carlson at WAC. my vette 13.jpg my vette 14.jpg
     
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  14. jimdillon
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    Jason that is Vicious Vette probably in 1966. That appears to be Charlie Wilson standing next to the car and he had recently purchased the car from Clyde Morgan. I have some pictures of it in 1967 which is when they changed engines to the 427 (set up by Bones Balough) with the 671 blower. Apparently Charlie wanted a little more bling as they chromed the front axle, the rear Pontiac housing and the roll bar between these pics above and spring of 1967. The front wheels though are the same that they continued to run on the car in 1967 although they switched the tires to Goodyears on the rear.

    I also recognize the Jardine headers decal on the lower panel. I will do a little digging and scan some pictures of it in 1967. I thought I had them in my computer but cannot find them.

    And I also think that Vetrods 62 is great looking-looks maybe a tad better when he is yanking the wheels.

    Nice setup Scott Rods. Car looks like it will be built right.
     
  15. jimdillon
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    Jason here is a few pictures from Rod & Custom April 1967. They were running in the early funny car classification and not gas but the article states they ran a best to date of 8.71/166.66. It sported a new red metalflake paint job sprayed by Charlie who I believe made his living doing custom paint. Clyde still drove the car for a while after he sold it to Charlie. As most know Dale Pulde drove the car also for a while later on, while in his late teens I believe.

    Like some of you guys I really like these old Vettes with tops but this car is the exception. It really has the look and needless to say it runs pretty strong.
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  16. elgringo71
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    Nice feature article Jim, that car was a serious performer. But I must admit that it looks better to me in the earlier pictures. It really is a shame that the drag racing history has been lost on the cars that have survived due to restorations and the lack of VIN numbers by the racers. Once the clues are removed from the cars it's very difficult if not impossible to verify a cars history. Especially if the titles are reissued.
     
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  17. vetrod62
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    Thanks, my Black car has a bunch of "Edges" learned of the last 5 decades.
     
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  18. elgringo71
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    If you weren't a racer vetrod, I would ask you to share a few secrets but I will share a picture instead. This one should be right up your alley. image.jpeg image.jpeg
     
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    Here are some 53-55 cars image.jpeg image.png image.jpeg image.jpeg image.jpeg
     
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  23. jimdillon
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    Great pics Jason. I will have to keep my eyes open on the black/silver 61 from my neck of the woods. It certainly has the look.
     
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    I like these new gasser builds but some of them are a little too nice and could stand a few more vintage parts like valve covers and magnesium wheels to give them a connection to the past. It's the vintage parts that can't be bought out of a catalog that can make or break an otherwise great car. Also like Baron says the sound of the exhaust too.
     
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  27. vetrod62
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    Hey elgringo71, I have one of those black and silver 61 vettes in my garage at this time. Re doing it to be a 700 hp 436 sbc. Custom trick m-23 transmission. Ladder bar suspension. It should blow my car away. But not to fear, The owner was not raised on drag racing skills during our informative years like me and most of you. So I will be the principle driver.

    The car is set really low, but I have convinced him to let me retro raise it up to a respectable height.

    I really like the silver 61, I see two "edges" that I saw on many race cars "back in the day ". Perhaps inspired by Grumpy Grandpa ??

    [​IMG]
     
  28. ME.GASSER
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    The more I see of these cars the more I fall in love. (Don't tell my husband)
     
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  29. enloe
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    I AM GLAD THE 2 CORVETTE THREADS HAVE TAKEN OFF AGAIN :)
     
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  30. elgringo71
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    Be careful it's a slippery slope, which years or body styles do you like best? They are my second favorite cars after the Willys Coupes. Let me know if you want me to keep an eye out for one for you.

     
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