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History Drag cars in motion.......picture thread.

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Royalshifter, Dec 12, 2007.

  1. 65Coronet500
    Joined: Jan 24, 2012
    Posts: 26


    1600 pages and only 1 ugly one.... priceless!
  2. rick finch
    Joined: May 26, 2008
    Posts: 2,003

    rick finch

    My pleasure, it is one of the prettiest race cars ever built. (and always competitive).
  3. SoCal Merc
    Joined: Jul 26, 2007
    Posts: 572

    SoCal Merc
    from SoCal

    ^^ Rick^^
    I was just going to say the paint on the Keeling and Clayton car was awesome.
  4. Rick Finch: Lovvvvvve that mini-chopper in the background of pix-post #31994 !!
  5. WCD
    Joined: Apr 15, 2008
    Posts: 1,712


    Really loved the Lovell Bros' car. An Irwindale regular.
  6. okeyracer
    Joined: Mar 22, 2012
    Posts: 4

    from california

    Pic is Bob Nicholson of wichita, Ks
  7. JBell
    Joined: Mar 28, 2007
    Posts: 54

    from California

    Please tell us you'll be photo documenting the restoration. I've only ever seen the car in photos. The details always blew me away. Bothe the front engine and rear engined were bad to the bone. Looking forward to seeing it when it's completed.

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    Maybe some of you guys from Forth Worth recognize this. The article has features on Drags at Santa Ana, Los Angeles River, Fort Worth. Clubs mentioned in FTW are Barons, Road Lords, Gophers, Nobeletts and Dragons. Even has a full page picture of Norn Grabowsky of Sunland Ca. in his "Ford" that cost him $8,000 and five years to build. Most cars were reported to break 100 MPH with the record of 166.97. Several mentions of speed crazy, dare devil speed manics.
  9. WCD
    Joined: Apr 15, 2008
    Posts: 1,712


    I saw the car win the innagural Supernationals in 1970 by beating Schultz and Glenn. Damn near won 71 Bakersfield but for a "fluke!" I think these photos were from 1971 as denoted by the chrome box air scoop that replaced the candied, pinstripped tear drop scoop from the year before. Perhaps the same motor that was installed in the Pinto flopper that followed.
    Last edited: Mar 28, 2012
  10. A third reason was to let the engine heat out from under the hood. At least that was the thinking for the reverse bubble on the Ford Thunderbolts.
  11. Redz Rodz
    Joined: Oct 4, 2002
    Posts: 490

    Redz Rodz

    that chopper was something that i just thought the old man was going to get me from the local lawn & garden dealer, i sat on that thing so many times at the dealer thinking i was going down pch with a pack of bikers ,instead he came home with a 65 honda dream ,that i took a hack saw to to make my own chopper " 5 th grade hoodlum " still cutting good stuff up !!
  12. Novadude55
    Joined: Nov 10, 2009
    Posts: 2,352

    from CA

    funny i remember building my models that way too,
    a certain black 57 chevy comes to mind,
    i cut part of the plastic tree and glued it where the hood springs would be,
    sorry i dont have that model anymore, wish i did
    won 2nd place @ a 7-11 model contest back in the 60's sometime:cool:
  13. 69Chevelle454
    Joined: Nov 6, 2010
    Posts: 350

    from Texas

    Hey bud, I live on top of whats left of Green Valley Drag, if you could scan that magazine for me and send it to me Id appreciate it. Or if you want to sell it ;)
  14. I can't sell it but I will see if I can get a good scan and post the article.
  15. bentwings
    Joined: Jul 1, 2007
    Posts: 132


    I ran my 57 Chev with hood raised in the back as well as with the 2 hood ornaments removed. There were weekly battles over this. I was forced to close off the ornament openings after setting the class record at the local track. Funny thing I lower the record the following week. haha so much for tricks.

    When I ran the Rochester FI I left off the air cleaner and connected a piece of stove pipe to the left side fender opening which gave a cooler air supply to the motor from over the left headlight.. More controversy. After a number of the East coast guys did the same thing we were allowed to do this or run a gutted air cleaner. I had already gutted my air cleaner.....can you imagin what that air cleaner would be worth today????

    Whether all this did any good is questionable. I never really gave it with and without test. Since we didn't have much in the line of tires back then it was hard to get back to back times that were very consistant. Speeds were usually pretty consistant so the hp was probably not changed much.

    We all ran with the front ends way up so there must have been a lot of air going under the cars. The 4 link, ladder bars and cheater slicks had not been developed yet so traction was marginal with the high powered cars.
  16. Motor_Psycho
    Joined: Jan 21, 2008
    Posts: 81


    This is the best thing I've read all year :D
  17. Tom S. in Tn.
    Joined: Jan 16, 2011
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    Tom S. in Tn.

    We ran with the hood pins extended out on our old Thunderbolt gasser, the hinges were removed. It had a beam front axle and a lot of air went under the front. At speed the hood would bounce around and raise up.
  18. indybigjohn
    Joined: May 22, 2008
    Posts: 1,713

    Member Emeritus

    I just learned that Grumpy Jenkins has passed on at 81. RIP Grump.
  19. 69Chevelle454
    Joined: Nov 6, 2010
    Posts: 350

    from Texas

    Grumpy Jenkins joins his fellow competitors "Dandy" Dick Landy, Sox & Martin and many others.
  20. biscaynes
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  21. Brash
    Joined: Feb 17, 2011
    Posts: 13


    Yes, just read that. Afraid I don't have any pictures of the Grump to add. RIP Grumpy, one of the last real legends of drag racing is gone.
  22. BSL409
    Joined: Aug 28, 2011
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  23. BSL409
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    William Tyler "Grumpy" Jenkins (1930-29 March 2012) was an engine builder and drag racer. Between 1965 and 1975 he won a total of thirteen NHRA drag races.<SUP class=reference id=cite_ref-mshofoa_0-0>[1]</SUP> Jenkins raced in the clutchless planetary gear transmission era. Most of these wins were won with a manually shifted four speed transmission. In 1972 he recorded 250 straight runs without missing a gear shift.<SUP class=reference id=cite_ref-mshofoa_0-1>[1]</SUP>
    He was formally trained as a mechanical engineer at Cornell University, and he used his training and skills to build engines.<SUP class=reference id=cite_ref-NHRATop50_1-0>[2]</SUP> He has been inducted in numerous motorsports halls of fame for his engine building skills in the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Pro Stock division. His innovations include drag racing's first kickout oil pans, Pro Stock strut-style front suspension, and dry sump oiling system, and cool cans, electric water pump fan, gas port pistons, and slick-shift manual transmissions.<SUP class=reference id=cite_ref-NHRATop50_1-1>[2]</SUP> Considered the "Father of Pro Stock", Jenkins-built engines were used to win five NHRA Pro Stock championships and three American Hot Rod Association (AHRA) championships.<SUP class=reference id=cite_ref-speedtv_2-0>[3]</SUP>
    He was nicknamed "Grumpy" for having a no-nonsense attitude at races.<SUP class=reference id=cite_ref-mshofoa_0-2>[1]</SUP> The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America said: "his continual search for improved performance left little time for idle chatter with his racing colleagues."<SUP class=reference id=cite_ref-mshofoa_0-3>[1]</SUP>
  24. bigolds
    Joined: Oct 27, 2006
    Posts: 883


    I had the good fortune to speak with him on several occasions ......this man will be sorely missed!!!!!
  25. Royalshifter
    Joined: May 29, 2005
    Posts: 15,517

    from California

    Did not know he passed...thanks for the info. RIP
  26. RAT "T"
    Joined: Mar 27, 2010
    Posts: 317

    RAT "T"

  27. Still_Crazy
    Joined: Sep 30, 2011
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    from . .

  28. Novadude55
    Joined: Nov 10, 2009
    Posts: 2,352

    from CA

    Last edited: Mar 30, 2012
  29. Magnus
    Joined: Apr 30, 2006
    Posts: 904

    from Sweden

    My buddy made Grump laugh once, sounding like the swedish chef muppet. He laughed and threw the beer cap under our trailer.
  30. red fox
    Joined: Sep 17, 2008
    Posts: 441

    red fox
    from (OHIO)

    RIP Grumpy.:( He was the best chevrolet drag racer back in the day.

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