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Help me ID this ex Fiat drag car body I found

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Sparky13, Dec 11, 2011.

  1. Sparky13
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    This is a Fiat Topolino body found in a barn in Sebastopol Ca. It has writing on the doors but its so far faded, but it does have the number "40 BBA" and the door window says "A1 Plating". Anybody know any info on this car if it as an ex drag car?????? Thanks
     

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  2. 56sedandelivery
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    BB/Altered? Neat find, if you lose interest, I'll take it off your hands. Butch/56sedandelivery.
     
  3. milo1303s
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    better pics would definitely help!!!
     
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  4. Don's Hot Rods
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    I bet if you brush a coat of Ospho over that door then wipe it off with a rag the writing will come up more legibly. I did that to a 46 I had and the paint came up really well and the rusty parts turned to black steel.

    Just a thought.


    Don
     
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  5. BB/Altered, notch in the cowl, probably for injectors on a blower, blue plexi windows. I can read Automotive on the door. Something about a speed shop. Should be able to identify this. With a permanent number 40? Are there records for that division?
     
  6. Church Key
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    You have got an awesome piece of DRAG RACING history there... I think it is the Davis & Ingram BB/A Fiat. When funny car were gaining popularity and the appearence money, the team removed the Fiat body and put a hacked up Mustang body on the altered chassis.
     
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  9. peter schmidt
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    Nice find please do it back the way it was
     
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  10. How the f*ck does all this cool sh*t keep popping up. Go get yourself a lottery ticket mate, you are absolutely winning!
     
  11. S.F.
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    dang, that is nuts that it went from a show dragster to a body sitting on a dirt floor...
     
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  13. pastlane
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    What a great find! Will take a bunch of money but well worth bringing back to it's former glory.
     
  14. Rem
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    Wow again! That was a beautiful car - and could, no should, be returned to that finish.
     
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  15. racer67x
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    damn..Church was on that one...nice!
     
  16. Hot Rod Willys
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    Ol Sparkys going to shit when he sees this, what a find! The power of the HAMB comes thru again!
     
  17. BOWTIE BROWN
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    OUTSTANDING FIND & OUTSTANDING POST FROM Church Key.
    "AND THE BOWTIE ROLLS ON"
     
  18. oj
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    And there you go! Got a pic of what to build so have at it! That is a sweetie! Got to find them two guys and some original stuff.
     
  19. Sparky13
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    OMG!!! I just got up to check this post. Holy smokes you all are so amazing with the history of cars. I can't believe my eyes this car went from a show dragster to went I found it today.
    I'll pull it in the sunlight and get more pics up later.
    Is there any more pics of it back in the day racing and what drag strip??
    Thanks sooooooooo much for the help!
     
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  20. lippy
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    Father time makes em all go to crap someday. LOL. I use to watch that car at Fremont and stuff a lot when I was a younger guy. More pics please. Lippy
     
  21. Don's Hot Rods
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    Geez, I remember seeing that one in the magazines........what a beautiful altered it was. It must have gone through another owner after that because the door lettering looks different. In it's current condition you can just barely make out the word "shop" on the door in the one picture. I would think some speed shop raced it after the original guys got rid of it.

    It would be great to see this one come back exactly as it looked in the Hot Rod Magazine article.

    Don
     
  22. AAFD
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    Joe Davis & Wes Ingram B/Altered Fiat
    San Jose, CA
    Featured in June '65 Hot Rod Magazine
    Also owned the "Jewel T" and "Colt 45" Mustang

    Contact Wes Ingram at 360-707-5701
    or go to his website at www.wesingram.com
     
  23. Sparky13
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    Wow and thanks for the info. Let the pics and story's continue !
     
  24. Gasser1961
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    Another one found and saved!!! Bitchin
     
  25. You HAVE to put that car back to the way it looked in '65. That was one of the nicest looking Fiat drag cars ever built.

    Great find, you lucky dog!
     
  26. need louvers ?
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    Tons of magazine footage on that one! Pick up any '64 or '65 - 6 Car Craft, Hot Rod, Popular Hot Rod, and if it has any West Coast drag coverage, there is a picture of this car. Won quite a bit, but was "best engineered" at several digs too. I even have a DVD from about ten years ago with this car in action on it converted from someone's old super 8 footage. When I had my Fiat body, this car was on the short list of inspirational cars!!! It does deserve to go back to what it was in a big way! YES, go buy a lottery ticket right now... "Who wants to be a millionaire!!!"
     
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  27. Sparky13
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    K its true this is the Davis & Ingram car! Just got off the phone with Wes Ingram .
    Wow , I would love to have a copy of that DVD . I'm so excited right I cant think straight ! Haha lol
     
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  28. Sparky13
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    K its true this is the Davis & Ingram car! Just got off the phone with Wes Ingram .
    Wow , I would love to have a copy of that DVD . I'm so excited right I cant think straight ! Haha lol
     
  29. lump
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    Holy cow. This is WAY cool. Great find!!!
     

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