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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by KING CHASSIS, Jan 1, 2011.

  1. DDDenny
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    There's just something the way 327 and 427 rolls off the tongue, I guess that dates me huh!
    A friend of mine bought a 427 from the in-house engine guy of a big name local SCCA racer in the late 70's and though I don't know the exact DNA, (could have started as a crate engine) it was always an L-88, it sure was nasty.
     
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  2. jimdillon
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    It does roll off the lips Doug, but back in our by gone days 327s and 427s held their own more often than not. Here is a picture of the 427 I put in the avatar car back in 2012. I did not end up using the dual quad manifold and it too sits on a shelf along with the Crower stack injection I bought. I put an old Edelbrock dual plane manifold and it ran so good I never changed it out. Still puts a smile on my face every time I fire it up.
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  3. I took the ole 57 out one last time. E6A7B9B7-B8DD-4C7A-B383-267004F76750.jpeg
    This is a blatant rip off of @Moriarity ’s signature photo shoot:D
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  4. jackal396
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    looks great.
    jp
     
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  5. noboD
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    There's plenty of room for more then one Corvette here, especially wearing chromed reverse rims.
     
  6. chevy57dude
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    Bucket list car right there!
     
  7. enloe
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    Very cool Scotty
     
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  8. elgringo71
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  9. elgringo71
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    That is a beautiful car Scotty
     
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  10. elgringo71
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  13. jackal396
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    Great pic, that dude was ahead of his time, sitting low and ready to rock
    jp
     
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  14. jimdillon
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    Not sure if that is Don Gist. It may be but I have him in a 59 and a 62 but not a 56/57. You may more info on it than I do.
     
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  17. elgringo71
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    Jim, I don’t know if it’s Don Gist but the colors are like the ones that he used and I found a picture of what I believe is the same car and it was running at Sunshine Drag strip which is near St Petersburg, Florida. That track opened in 1960 from what I could find.

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  18. jimdillon
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    Jason you may be correct and color combination may be similar but the BMP throws me. I believe MP came along in 1964 in the NHRA and Gist was driving his 62 in that era I believed. You could be correct though. I thought the earliest reference I had to him was 59 but he may have had an earlier model that I never ran across.
     
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  19. hipojoe
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    Tough looking streeter... Love it!
     
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  20. Chuck Norton
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    Jim, your recollection of the date the origin of Modified Production classes coincides with my own.
     
  21. elgringo71
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    Jim and Chuck, thinking about what you both said maybe it was someone else nearby that had seen Don race and was inspired by his car and color combination. Regardless it was a cool car and they made some effort to make it a serious racer.
     
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  22. jimdillon
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    Jason, I looked through my notes (which may not tell the whole story) and he owned a 1960. I have a reference to a 59 but I believe it probably was a 1960. It is hard to document but some guys sharper than I on the road cars say it was probably the #3 Lemans racer that he acquired and raced to an extent. Not sure how much success he had with the car but the 62 was pretty successful. Here is a picture of the 1960 and the 62 below. Like the wheels on the 62.
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  23. elgringo71
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    Jim, thanks for checking your notes. It is interesting that the 56-57 car looked somewhat similar and was at a track a few hours from where Don lived. It’s also worth noting that both of his Cotvettes had the stripe typically seen on road race cars but the 56-57 car didn’t . Either way it caught my eye and I like the vintage photos when I can find them. I agree with you on the wheels. They look like Magnesium American Five Spokes on the back and Magnesium Halibrand Sportmags on the front. They really give the car a good look.

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    1960-Don Gist in his Corvette at the drag races at Masters Field
     
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  24. bschwoeble
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    Don Gist made his way to York, PA. for a points meet in "62". We were there and the coverage was in Hot Rod magazine with a picture of his "62". Can't remember what month Hot Rod?
     
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  25. jimdillon
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    Jason just so you know the 3/4 view of the rear and side of the 62 was taken when Don raced in Colorado. I only wish there was more press reports of his successes.
     
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  26. Bob Lowry
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    From 1972, my 1961 Corvette...

    bobs vette 4 (2).jpg bobs vette 3 (2).jpg
     
  27. 65pacecar
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  28. jimdillon
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    Some great pics above by 65 pacecar but Bob Lowry your 61 looks great and brings back good memories. I helped a buddy with a similar 61 lift the stance to right about what you have in 68/69. We used a 4" I-beam and I remember we had to fiddle with the steering to make sure the geometry worked well. Car was maroon with the white coves and had ET mags. I have made my cars have a bit of a stance but I went with a homemade 3": I-beam. Your car looked great IMO.
     
  29. jimdillon
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    65 Pacecar, I am 99% sure the 53 with the Pontiac is from my neck of the woods. I ran into the owner and the friend who built the car about 10 years ago at the Corvettes America show when it was in White Lake Michigan. I took pictures of the car and have them somewhere. The owner I believe told me he was the original owner. I really liked the scoop on the car and will try and find a picture. With all of the return to stock with these old Vettes it is good to see some resisted the temptation and kept them as they were back in the day. There were a number in my neighborhood and not a one was kept totally stock. Guys liked to make a few changes to suit their tastes.
     
  30. 65pacecar
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    That 53 is beautiful and I love the setup. It is nice to see one stay a hot Rod, especially a 53
     

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