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History Fred’s Lead Sled - Back in Action

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by blenox, Oct 30, 2018.

  1. blenox
    Joined: Jan 1, 2017
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    blenox

    Hello to all!

    About 6 months ago my father and I were able to acquire Fred Steele’s 1950 yellow chopped merc from his family. With the car, we were able to get TONS of photos and documentation. This car was literally all over the place in the late 70s, 80s, and into the 90s. I was hoping that some fellow H.A.M.B.ers may have some photos of this car stashed away somewhere!

    Some of the notable shows Fred attended with this car were:
    - NSRA Nationals Tulsa,OK August 1976
    - NSRA Nationals Maryland June 1977
    - V8 Club Western Nationals Fresn,CA 1976
    - 10th Andy’s Picnic August 1, 1976
    - NSRA Nationals St Paul, MN 1977
    - KKOA Lead Sled Spectacular 1983 Ohio
    - KKOA Sled East 1988
    - KKOA Sled East 1989
    - KKOA Sled East 1992
    - Merc-Deuce Reunion No. 3 August 1989

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  3. rustydusty
    Joined: Apr 19, 2010
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    How 'bout a current picture of the car...
     

  4. mikhett
    Joined: Jan 22, 2005
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    from jackson nj

    ANTHONY WHITE WOULD KNOW.
     
  5. blenox
    Joined: Jan 1, 2017
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    blenox

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    Took that photo a few weeks ago



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  6. Squablow
    Joined: Apr 26, 2005
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    Great car, timeless design. This looks like it could have been built in 1955, 1985, or last week. Nothing is "dated", that's the mark of a tasteful build.
     
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  7. swifty
    Joined: Dec 25, 2005
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    I may have a pic of it in Fred's basement from when the son and I visited Fred back in 2011. The only cars he had left then were the A Tudor, 56 Vicky, the chopped Merc and the 59 Continental convert. My mate will have some pics of it plus details as he corresponded with Fred from 1963 on.
     
  8. stanlow69
    Joined: Feb 21, 2010
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    from red oak

    What a great find. For those who don`t know the history. Here`s a little. Scan0509.jpg Scan0510.jpg Scan0511.jpg
     
  9. blenox
    Joined: Jan 1, 2017
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    blenox

  10. brady1929
    Joined: Sep 30, 2006
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    Damn that's nice.
     
  11. stanlow69
    Joined: Feb 21, 2010
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    from red oak

    That`s pretty neat you ended up with the originals. Do you have the book that it was featured in as well. Scan0758.jpg
     
  12. blenox
    Joined: Jan 1, 2017
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    blenox

    Lots of original photos and slides. There are also some pretty interesting documents like the cross country trip itinerary, and all the correspondence with Pat Ganahl about the Street Rodder story. Fred literally saved EVERYTHING. Even the hotel receipts from where he stayed along the trip. 2 full pocket note books full of notes and maintenance records and trips he took.


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  13. straykatkustoms
    Joined: Oct 30, 2001
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    I was wondering if the Merc was still around. Congrats on the purchase, I'm looking forward to seeing running around. Thanks for taking the time to share the pics...
     
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  14. blenox
    Joined: Jan 1, 2017
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    blenox

    Here’s a couple examples of the documents I got and scanned.

    The first is a letter from Eddie Ford to the NSRA from Feb. 1976 asking for them to provide Fred Steele with full press credentials and courtesies as he will be covering the event on his behalf.

    The second is a scan of Fred’s itinerary for the cross country trip.

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