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Fred Hurst Gasser Resurfaces w/PICS

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Jet Doc, Jun 1, 2007.

  1. Jet Doc
    Joined: Nov 23, 2004
    Posts: 366

    Jet Doc

    I was comissioned today to start helping with bringing the Fred Hurst Barracuda back to its original glory. The car was removed from the original Willy's chassis and put on the chassis you see here in the pictures. We will be changing this chassis back to its original configuration. The car will have a injected 426 HEMI stroker motor and clutch flite trans. Fred Hurst will be inducted in to the Hall of Fame in 2 weeks and the car will be there, just mocked up. Another cool tidbit is that the guy who originally did the lettering still has the original stencils for the car and will be re-applying the lettering. Lots of work to be done, but what a neat piece of racing history.

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  2. Ebert
    Joined: Feb 13, 2006
    Posts: 1,916


    Jet Doc- What a car and project!!! I actually remember seeing Fred's Willys at Indy and Muncie (my parents' strip) when I was a kid. His stuff was ALWAYS top shelf. Congrats to him on his honor and to you on your involvement with this project.
  3. Bad ass!

  4. AnimalAin
    Joined: Jul 20, 2002
    Posts: 3,417


    Damn, is that neat. Makes me feel old and young at the same time.....
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  5. publicenemy1925
    Joined: Feb 4, 2007
    Posts: 3,187

    from OKC, OK

    Enuff Said!:D
  6. mikey1610
    Joined: Mar 12, 2005
    Posts: 295

    from San Diego

    Jet Doc.....who are you doing this for?
  7. stlouisgasser
    Joined: Sep 4, 2005
    Posts: 669


    Nothing cooler than seeing an old drag car returned to its former glory.
  8. wvenfield
    Joined: Nov 23, 2006
    Posts: 5,077


    Stuff like this popping up is why you can't miss a post on here. That is going to be so cool.

    Keep us updated.
  9. AA/Fuel34fordpu
    Joined: Mar 15, 2005
    Posts: 1,266


    2 week you guys better get to cracking! Great piece of history....
  10. 6t5frlane
    Joined: Dec 8, 2004
    Posts: 2,384

    from New York

    KOOL !! Returning and old drag car to it's Glory days. Always thought those rear wheel wells looked funky
  11. brandon
    Joined: Jul 19, 2002
    Posts: 6,324


    i remember talking to fred about the car probably 5 or 6 years ago ...when it first became avalible...a guy named tim kelly called about it...when it was still in last state....a lot had changed since he had owned it...quarters / and chop to name a had only had 3 owners at that time , best i remember.....fred being the first (builder) ....dave turner / bill reoll ....and the guy that had it for sold a couple times since then ....i think scott had it 4th.....ron was probably 5th....and from there i do not know....i figured dauber would be on board on the bill and dauber have already done the opel....keep the pics and updates coming......brandon
  12. pan-dragger
    Joined: Sep 13, 2006
    Posts: 3,187


    sweet, gonna be bad ass!! i thought i saw it on ebay a while ago.
  13. 64 DODGE 440
    Joined: Sep 2, 2006
    Posts: 4,123

    64 DODGE 440
    from so cal

    Damn, it's good to see vintage cars that survive and get revived to their former state.

    So much history has been lost, it's nice to see some carry on.
  14. Da Injun
    Joined: Dec 22, 2006
    Posts: 410

    Da Injun

    Yeah, it was. I have a few pictures somewhere on disc from that auction.
  15. Ford Freak
    Joined: Jan 5, 2005
    Posts: 826

    Ford Freak

    Always has been one of my favorites, great to see it has survived!!
  16. Von Hartmann
    Joined: Nov 21, 2006
    Posts: 971

    Von Hartmann
    from Byron, IL

    I remember talkin to some guy with an orange olds who said he was restoring this car, I'm glad to see it's actually happening. It may have been a previous owner
  17. brandon
    Joined: Jul 19, 2002
    Posts: 6,324


    just got a call .....looking for any and all pics of this for previous owners.....was it ron from mich. ...? he had the gasser museum of sorts in his
  18. Glad to see someone finally getting this car back to snuff. This car and Big Johns vette were the best looking drag cars of the time in my opinion. I really hope it doesnt just sit in a museum though, it needs to be out and be seen and heard so all can enjoy it. Im sure a lot of the younger guys have never seen yet alone heard of this car before. Keep em coming guys!:cool:
  19. bobwop
    Joined: Jan 13, 2008
    Posts: 6,086


    i just joined up an ran into this thread. my buddy owns the Fred Hurst car. I bought the orange Olds from him this summer and it is being restored to its movie/magazine glory. He is working with the old Hurst crew to get the car totally correct. As you can imagine, they are OLD, so it takes time. He is hoping to have it done in 2008
  20. Ford Freak
    Joined: Jan 5, 2005
    Posts: 826

    Ford Freak

    Thats great news. Keep us posted. How about some pics?
  21. Dat Dirty Rat
    Joined: Jan 15, 2003
    Posts: 3,497

    Dat Dirty Rat

    Awesome awesome score...
  22. custom
    Joined: Sep 22, 2005
    Posts: 88

    from Ohio

    I lived up the hill from the Hurst's when I was in Jr. High and his son was a friend of mine. At that time Fred was driving his 70' Cuda and when he fired that thing up and blipped the throttle the whole neighborhood knew it (the good old days)
    From a visual perspective his cars were some of the cleanest, sharpest ones around.

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  23. Sweet!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  24. J CRUZ
    Joined: Dec 7, 2007
    Posts: 208

    J CRUZ

    Seriously one of my all time favorite cars from that era. I wish my work had the interest in doing stuff that far out in their diecast lines.
  25. PeteFromTexas
    Joined: Apr 4, 2007
    Posts: 3,837


    Damn that is cool!
  26. Thumper
    Joined: Mar 7, 2005
    Posts: 1,611


    Fuckin A !!! I would give my front seat in hell to hear that bitch shake the ground once more....
  27. haroldd1963
    Joined: Oct 15, 2007
    Posts: 1,154

    from Peru, IL

    What a Neat Car! Let's see more pictures as the build progresses.
  28. Bucksnort
    Joined: Dec 24, 2007
    Posts: 3,308


    Here are a few pix of Fred Hurst that I took in June 1967 at South Glens Falls Dragway in upstate New York.He was running with the Midwest Injected Funny Car Circuit.
    I don't know how to get anything but thumbnails but just click on and use the zoom,but you already knew that.I didn't till afew minutes ago.

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  29. toms37gmc
    Joined: Aug 10, 2006
    Posts: 147


    I remember seeing them rebuilding the engine in this car in the motel parking lot in Indy back in the day. It's a visual picture I will never forget.
  30. paint gun
    Joined: Dec 11, 2009
    Posts: 4

    paint gun
    from kentucky

    what ever happened to the rebuild of this car? i was contacted about painting this car and haven't heard any thing since? is it still around?

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