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History Gratiot Auto Supplys "Li'l Billy", a.k.a. "The Bear" The REAL Story!

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Harms Way, Jun 21, 2011.

  1. Harms Way
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    From the cockpit,....[​IMG]
     
  2. 296ardun
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    Thanks for posting, look forward to more...
     
  3. No disrespect intended to Angelo nor was I implying he was dishonest with the history/build of Lil' Billy.

    I just find it funny Pauly was so dead certain of the history even in the face of factual information been found pertaining to the roadsters pre Angelo days.



    Great post btw! :cool:
     
  4. Harms Way
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    I agree with your post totally,... and don't think it was being disrespectful to anyone. It was more in reference to the other threads on this car and some folks getting there knickers in a bunch.:cool:

    I truly hope the information in this thread is taken to heart,.. and history corrected,.... "credit where credit is due".
     
  5. Harms Way
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    Well,.. It looks like this thread is dieing on the vine a little,... I thought it would cause a little more stir,:cool:, considering the controversy and mass appeal of this car.
    Anyway, Just to put it to bed without any question, Here is one of the "Nail in the coffin" pictures to remove any doubt. Bob did a really nice job on this little roadster,... And I think he deserves the credit he should have gotten for the past 50 years.

    Good job Bob !

    [​IMG]
     
  6. Mattbee
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    WOW! Great history and Pictures!
     
  7. hlfuzzball
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    from Michigan

    So who did the aluminum work ?
     
  8. Harms Way
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    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
  9. Damn cool T...



    Thanks for posting!
     
  10. Harms Way
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    Hoe do you guys like this one ? (on it way to the drag strip)

    [​IMG]
     
  11. nowaxn5
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    Awesome. I just love to see these old pics guys took of their cars at home. Just a run of the mill neighborhood.
     
  12. Ron Mayes
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    I think Dave Crane has the rear end out of this car !!!
     
  13. Harms Way
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    Dave's got some really cool stuff,..( I mean like,.. the coolest :cool: daddy-o) And we have talked about this car,... I really don't think he does,.. But I'll have to give him a call.

    Some of Dave's stuff,...
    (Wally, who is on the HAMB, let's Dave dust off the Puffer for him, Both great guys, and I am proud to call them both friends,.. Walts Puffer looks great with this collection,... no better place on earth for it.)
    [​IMG]

    Now back to Bob Tamplin's old drag car !
    :D
     
    Last edited: Sep 14, 2011
  14. Harms Way
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    Couple more pictures from when Angelo had it.
     

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  15. -Brent-
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    The Hemi/wire wheel version is a hotrod I'd love to hit the strip with. The car looks flat-out intimidating. The "trumpeted" exhausts in the later version are very cool, as well.

    How'd this car do at the track?
     
  16. Harms Way
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    When originally built and ran,.. Bob said it liked to get "Good and sideways!" if you let it get away,....You had to drive every inch of the ol' 1320.
    His fiancé was watching in the bleachers when this happened,.. and that lead to the sale of the car.
     
  17. I recognize the car...know very little, beyond this thread, about it. Appears to be well built.
     
    Last edited: Oct 16, 2011
  18. So, who did the tin work?
     
  19. Harms Way
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  20. ancient history time! the question still remains "is bear/lil billy" T roadster still around???
    Curt R
     

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