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

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

  1. benchseat4speed
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    Thats Don Pruhdomme (spel chek) and judging by the shirts I bet thats his '70 Cuda F/C. Rear is a Dana 60, dunno what the rear suspension is. Looks like they're partin that thing out between rounds....
     
  2. ChassisResearchKid
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    The rear axle is not suspended, Alot of early chassis did have suspention but there are two black strut rods going vertical to the shoulder bar. And judging by the ladder bar set-up this chassis was probably at one time set-up for coil overs.
     
  3. bentwings
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    Snake's car here ws probably one of the first "narrow" or dragster style chassis of the era. I was going to say '69 but possibly '70. The older cars had both front and rear suspension. The black rod is replacing the original rear coil over. This is probably a relatively rare shot as I think this car was either wrecked or replaced with a solid rear car.

    Dana 60 rear end. They probably had pre set up ring and pinions since they were touring match racers by this time. That's what we did a couple years later with the Dana 60. They only lasted about 20-30 runs so with a pre set up one you could just pop in a new ring and pinion. Probably easier than a Pig style 9" Ford. The 9 in had not been race developed yet and was not as strong as the Dana 60 which was a 9 3/4 gear. 4.10 ratio was the norm then but a few ran 3.90.

    Lots of both went in the dumpster at our shop. :eek:
     
  4. skywolf
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  5. WCD
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    I loved Luzaders coupe. it was one of the last really comptetive traditional bodied gassers. I am trying to think of a few other representatives that were competetive with an old school body-not street roadsters as thats what the class mandates. Rod Shop Anglia was a strong runner as late as 1970, as was fellow Rod Shop team member Dick Shroyers Thames panel.
     
  6. 1940 Willys Coupe
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    Harry Luzader's 32. Seen it run in Dallas at the Spring Nationals in 1972. Car would scream and Harry could twist that four speed.
    Want to know what a hot rod looks and runs like.............just see Luzader's 32 and you will know!

    Thanks Harry for the great memories!

    1940 Willys Coupe
     
  7. WCD
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    Mr Ed actually had metalflake gel coat mixed in the fiberglass-no need to paint ladies! Note Doug Cook in serving as crew chief incited an abandoment of Mazmanian's choice of cam from Isky to Engle. Politics makes for strange bed fellows.
     
  8. WCD
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    In speaking of 4 speeds, one of the greatest efforts was seeing Ken Dondero piloting the Panella Trucking BB/GS Anglia. I saw him earn R/U in comp elim at 1970 Winternationals. Went through a 32 car field, banging the gears that sat behind a blown 301" Chevy. Finally, Jack Ditmars Opel caught him.
     
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  10. WCD
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    Very nice car that would occassionally venture south for points meets, major events and the odd BB/GS circuit show. Car would skate and bounce as Dondero banged the gears.
     
  11. Tom S. in Tn.
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    There is an Art Carr endorsement on the back quarter, must have been a clutchflite. Rare scene for one of those, but that's why sanctioning bodies req'd SEMA approved safety blankets none the less.
    Tom S.
     
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  12. daleepp
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    The car that Snake & Brandt are working on was Lil' John Buttera Cuda almost identicle to the car that Shumacher won Indy with in 1970. (I think the pic was in 1971) They were both really trick pieces with independent front suspension etc. Snake didn't have a lot of success with his however and went back to his older straight axle car to finish out his year. This car's biggest claim to fame was that it flewthrough the lights in Seattle - while on fire. Awesome run indeed!

    Dale
     

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  13. Y-Blockhead
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    Is this the car that Ken Dondero drove? If so I would like to send his daughter a copy. Thanks
     
  14. WCD
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    Yes it is. It was a jewel of a ride.
     
  15. Y-Blockhead
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    Great, thanks. Just e-mailed a picture to his daughter. Sure she enjoy seeing it.
     
  16. Still_Crazy
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    Yellow Fang… Big Daddy Roth’s top fuel dragster

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  17. Ivory Hunter
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    George 'bushmaster'
    Frank 'The prune'
    Tony 'The loner'
     

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  18. edweird
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    i always loved this coupe. does anybody know if he and\or the car is still around?
     
  19. brandon
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    From what I remember reading, the guy he sold it to still has it and wont sell it. Bitchin ride
     
  20. 71Dart440
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    A young Buster Couch (r.i.p.) working the tree in the background
     
  21. The Human Wrench
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    George aka the "Bushmaster" has built a Drag Race Museum/Restraunt/Bar just east of Springfield Mo. on I-44. The building is huge and has been up for some time, however it is not open yet, supposedly he is going to fire up a top fueler in there every now and then.(hope he has a good ventilation system)Looking in the doors you can see a lot of memoriblia and looks like you could open the doors turn on the lights and be in business. I have heard Big Daddy has a car on loan in there along with some others. As you look in the doors it looks like you are stepping onto a drag strip complete with christmas tree. Can't wait 'till it opens to see the rest.
     
  22. mrtc4w
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    WOW! Please keep us posted!!

    Thanks,
    Marty
    Marysville, OH
     
  23. Tom S. in Tn.
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    What will the name of this place be? A website?
    Tom S. in Tn.
     
  24. That is awesome news; this will make a great day-trip motorcycle ride from KC. How far out of Springfield is it?
     
  25. skywolf
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  26. Cut55
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    Definitely Colton. Cajon Pass in the distance behind the timing stand.
     
  27. skywolf
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  28. WCD
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    Irwindale was an atypical So-Cal track in that were close enough to get a close up of the driver. Seeing Dondero drive the Panella Anglia was a treat as his antics mimmicked a guy driving a 4 speed super stock and/or modification production class car, except you had a blown SBC screaming while Dondero wrestled the little English coupe with one hand
     
  29. skywolf
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