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Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Jive-Bomber, Nov 18, 2021.
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Flaming '34 Ford
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Classic rod, by all accounts! Like that he got the stance right, without a dropped axle. Would love to see a color shot of her. Thanks for posting it!
I've always enjoyed all the varying styles of flames. < my guess is red n yellow
I love flames,kind of became my trade mark on my racecars for 30+ years of oval track racing.
Great hotrod! Ray was out cruising in a wild custom til his last days! R.I.P.
No problem! One of my faves and “local” to me. Would love to dumb into finding it one day!
Very cool car, can’t help but wonder if it’s sitting somewhere waiting to be discovered.
Here's a challenge to my KC local HAMBers- Ray just died in Raytown 7 years ago, leaving his wife of 63 years, plus 5 kids and grandkids- Get ahold of some of them and find out if they might know anything... There could be Ray cars they actually want to sell!
You’d want to contact the misfits car club, theyve got a website @Jive-Bomber
I met Ray through one of his “Misfit” brothers years ago before I had seen photos of his old cabriolet. I’ve got a couple guys I can ask...though, if the ‘34 is still around I would think we would know it (I would hope anyway!)
all the cool kids have cabriolet's
More Boner material...It reminds me of the Life of Riley 34 and the Northen Star wouldn't that be a epic photoshoot seeing those 3 together...
Thanks For Sharing @Jive-Bomber and @Cactus for the colored treat and further thanks to those with other info potentially bringing this Hotrod back to daylight...
I hit the link that @Jive-Bomber provided and this is the first entry. Thought it was a great pic and I had no idea Dick Scritchfield was in the KCTA???
Ray was quite an accomplished man indeed...I've shared this Cabriolet a couple times that's for sure and it was kind of cool to see a link to a Hamb Thread at the bottom of his Obituary further highlighting his greatness...
So @Jive-Bomber after many years here and seeing these images over and over it's great to stop and spend a bit of time putting a face and more to these priceless few pics that remain of these classic Hotrods of the Yesteryear...
RIP Ray Erickson
Here's what Ray told me in January 2010. I have most of our conversations on digital tape:
"I would say '52 I bought the car [the '34]. I just bought a complete running engine, an oil burner, a '46 Merc for 35 dollars. And I drove it that way for a while and was acquiring parts. Had a Merc crank and all that stuff. A business had a fire and I got a crank for ten dollars, all it needed was polishing, and a Harmon-Collins Super Team for fifteen dollars, had a little water rust. And I channeled the body. The guys called me Radical Ray and I was always radical and i wanted the thing lowered so I channeled it myself, same old crap. I was driving it on the street, it was my driver all the time. We bought a house and went to get liability insurance and all the insurance companies said 'We do not sell insurance to hot rodders.' And you can't own a home and not have insurance. So, I took it off the street. Ended up, a buddy got the car, I kept the engine. The car is still going. It's restored, sort of, it's un-channeled and a guy over in Independence, Missouri has it. His wife drives it. Got a 302 with a C-4 in it, has full fenders. He's been driving it, I don't know, 30, 40 years."
Then in January, 2011, he said this about the '34:
"It had the soft 4:11 '34 rear end, '40 Ford front brakes. The parking brake was all four wheels because I hooked the master cylinder up to the original mechanical brake set-up. '34 radiator, '46 Merc flathead. Yea, when I drove it on the street, being a Cabriolet was handy because it had roll-up windows. That was my driver all the time, my wife drove the other car. the '52, Whistle Bait."
Disappointed with myself for not finding out more about where the '34 ended up, before Ray passed away. Miss him, a real firecracker! And a car-building fanatic.
Let's see if I can answer some of your questions and bring this post up to date. We ( my twin brother) and I were personal friends of "Radical Ray" for many years and around in the early days of "K.C.T.A."
Kansas City's first Drag Strip ( Hosted the 2nd annual "N.H.R.A" "National Drag Races " ) of which Ray was very much instrumental in getting it done along with the help & support of the K.C. Police Dept. to give us a safe place to "Drag Race". !! Ray was very much into the car scene, if it had anything to do with "Hot Rods" Ray was involved and gets credit for putting K.C. on the map.
About the "34" "Brer Hair" your post and comments are correct. Rays "34" is alive and well and still can be seen on the streets of K.C. You wont recognize it, because as Ray shared with you , it has changed a lot by the present owners who Both drive it all the time.!! His description is correct as how it looks today. They are aware of it's history and proud to be the owners ( "care takers ") of the "Flaming'34" Hope that this helps you in your search of "whatever happened to."?
Thanks to "Jive -Bomber" for posting this back in time. Ray is enjoying all of this. !!
Also very cool!
OK.!! Your "challenge" has been accepted & met. I contacted Dennis & Diane McKinney here in K.C. who own the "Flaming '34" and told them about your request and asked if they wanted to provide some information and be a part of this challenge.? Dennis was excited, and said "The timing of this couldn't be much better, because on the 25th of this month we will have owned the 34 Fifty ( 50 ) yr's.!! On 11/25/71. we purchased and brought home the 34.! They couldn't believe that this request was real. They are delighted.!!
As they say on the H.A.M.B. "if there aren't any pictures, then it does't exist" so he also sent along some pic's of it and the changes that were made during it's 50 yr's.
The last pic is how it looks today and on the streets of K.C. No.!! "Jive-Bomber" it is not For Sale.!!
See what you have brought back. Oh.!! the power of H.A.M.B.
How cool is that?! Thanks @Woodie !
You're Welcome. My Pleasure.!! Thanks to the "H.A.M.B". we are able to share these stories. !!
a quad carb setup? i wonder why those aren't as common as a triple.
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