The Jalopy Journal
Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Boden, Oct 15, 2019.
I really like your car!!!
but there are some serious race cars in this thread.
I like Austins and Anglia's but they are outside the Hamb scope because they were not made in the US.
Lots of them here in several threads
Found this picture of my car and another Willys in the shut down area at Bradenton.
Unfortunately his son was killed in the red Willys the next summer at Jax raceway in Jacksonville.
My all-time favorite...and built in my area when I was a youngster. I often wondered whatever came of the car?
Please repeat, you're breaking up.
I forgot to add an interesting story (IMO) about the "Bad Jose" gasser. About 5 years ago (in the cold of winter) I am reading about an estate sale that is coming up in Elkhart, IN. The ad has the usual crap for a mid-winter auction...tires, shovels, tarps. blah blah. And then I notice an item that says Hilborn injected Chevrolet 305 engine on skid with other misc parts. So I decide to go to the place ahead of the auction to check it out. When I get there the auctioneer is there organizing and I ask him about the engine and he sends me to the owner of the stuff who is at the other end of the building. The owner tells me that when he came back from Vietnam in 1965 he and his brother bought a 55 Chevy gasser(not Bad Jose) just because they had always wanted one. He goes on to say they knew little about it and only ran it about three times and blew up the engine. Somehow they got sent to Competition Engineering and Jerry Marquart to see about another engine. Jerry sold them the engine that was in the auction and told them it was his spare engine for Bad Jose. They bought it but never used it. Things came up and they sold their gasser w/o an engine and kept the one on the skid all these years. I ended up buying it at the auction and took it all apart to see if it was what I thought it was and it was...a Hilborn injected 302 with 12 to 1 pistons, 2.02 #492 heads, all the good stuff of that era. I left it apart on purpose to sell it and sold it to someone on the HAMB for a gasser project. An additional "funny" part of this story is that when I was at the auction I saw a vintage Eelco fuel tank bunji-corded to the back of a fork-lift as a gas tank. I asked the owner if that would be off his old gasser and he said it was. The fuel pump had gone out years ago on his fork lift so he took the Eelco tank off his gasser and mounted it on the back of the forklift to gravity-feed the carb. I asked about buying it but he would not sell it because the forklift would not run without it but the forklift was in the auction. It ended up selling to an Amish fellow and I asked him about buying it. I offered him $75 for it. He said " Isn't that about the silliest gas tank set-up you have ever seen. If you can wait until I load it on my trailer I would sell it to you but $75 is way too much. How about $25?" So I left that auction with the engine and the gas tank! I even have a few pictures to verify the story. Ha!
Ever heard the story of night stalker?
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Yes I have and I've seen it make a handfull of passes at the CHRR some years back.
That is one 55 Chevy to be reckoned with!
My sister's Photoshop work on fantasy images.
Yea. I have seen the car run. Launches are violent and Greg is a master at forcing this monster down the track. It is a real deal gasser.
The Fugitive gasser was owned by a few police officers from Stamford Connecticut if my old memory is correct and I think Steve Devito was one of them. Interesting name they choose for their car!
So many of the great photo's in this thread are of the gasser's that run with the Southern Gasser Association which Quain Stott started and this group has managed to bring back a wonderful era of drag racing which was just the way it was in the 60's.
I really appreciate everything all of these guys have done to bring drag racing back to what many of us remember and loved!
For me this is the REAL DEAL drag racing and I never thought that at 73 years old I would ever see this happen again!
I tip my hat to all the members of the Southern Gassers Association that build a car and made this whole program work. Every event they run is worth every penny of the admission to go see one of their events.
Just my opinion. Jimbo
I wonder if those are Crane Fireball heads...???.....
Another of my old-timer favorites that I used to watch run at US 30 Dragstrip!
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