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  1. sodbuster
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    Here are some pix from the email that Ray sent me..........

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    Hi! Ray Erickson here. I appreciate your offer on pic's. I will take you up on that. These are pic's of My 34 in 1956 at the KCTA strip on Front St. --Side view of my Packard. & My Crosley powered Lawn Tractor that was in The 1970 Oakland " Grand National Roadster Show" in The Oakland Collisium .It was one of the 12" Feature vehicles" in that show. It was a 10 day show back then.-------

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  2. Ray Erickson
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    This is my " ENGLISH FORD' & John Fields "DEVIN"-- the blue sports car. I had repainted the Ford red at this time-- It was chopped 5 &1/2" I did all the body & paint work on the Devin also. The Devin was Stude 6 cylinder powered
     

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  3. Ray Erickson
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    These are also pics of my vehicles The picture of " red Crosley " is an earlier model --But I modified picture to have big back wheels & tires Like I actually did on My Crosley--.--V/8 60 powered engine --'[,39 Ford trans,--40 Ford rear end "narrowed," -- 6:00 X 12""midget Ascot" rear tires on Front of car--,6/70 15" on rear.-- Rear end narrowed to fit inside wheel wells,raised wheel wells 6"--, 2 crosley radiators ,one for each bank of cylinders...I never got a picture ,if I did I lost it!! The other picture is my drawing of it!!---------- The other 2 pic's are of the 52 resized to download on HAMB ' Radical Ray Erickson" That Crosley would fishtail for half a block when you nailed it!!!!!!!!! WISH I STILL HAD IT!-- Hell ! I wished I had all of them
     

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  4. That 52 is a sweet ride. I hope to see your Packard at a show one of these days. Any plans to make it to the HAMB-B-Q on the 19th?
     
  5. Ray Erickson
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  8. Ray Erickson
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    Ray Erickson here--not sure these pic's are clear enough to read---These pic's were taken at the" Liberty Memorial " grounds here in K.C., Mo.-It was written & pic's taken by -Grier Lowry-He sent this article to "AUTO CRAFTSMAN MAGAZINE"
     

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  9. PurplePearl50
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    This is a great post im from Sedalia about 80 miles from KC. ive always wanted to see some local area styled customs and hot rods!
     
  10. Ray Erickson
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    To tell you the truth, I can't afford the gasoline!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
     
  11. Bill H.
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    Just looking for members in Kansas City area.

    Bill
     
  12. Ray Erickson
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    I had a 1971 Pinto & installed a 289 Ford engine ,3 speed top loader-- I lengthened the complete front end 6-1/2"- It would topout at 138 MPH ..3:40 rear end gears ,13" wheels & tires- The flamed picture was before extending front end & 289 engine-It was fast and a lot of fun. . I switched complete roof For Hatchback & sliding sun roof. I drove for 15 years...
     

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  13. Ray Erickson
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    Here is a couple PEDAL CAR PIC'S I did-- I think they are part of the hobby--
     

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  14. Ray Erickson
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    This is the" Cranktwisters " club in the pit area in 1956- I wrote names below cars- These guys were original members of the "KCTA club" that put on the Drags at Edna ,Kansas---
     

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  15. Old Bowtie
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    welcome to the board from south TEXAS!
    Your stores are cool Mr. Ray
     
  16. Ray Erickson
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    short story - from the KCTA drag srip in 1956--I was driving down "Front" St. ,coming in to the strip on a sunday morning For our weekend "dragmeet" & a car pulled up along side me--It was- Lee Dorrell-He was our POLICE liason for "everything "to do with the strip & KCTA--He grinned & popped the gas pedal & I responded likewise-- BUT -we only did it for a couple seconds--Then we both proceeded to pull up to starting line of the strip ...One of the guys ran over & picked up a green starters flag, Came back over in front & pointed at us -,whipped the flag up &&& off we went-[[[ a little preface here- Dorrells car was a new 56 Ford 2 Dr.--312 "Y" block, Chet Herbert cam,,And a McCullough Blower-- The car probably weighed about 3,550 lb's--- my 34 cabriolet about 2,450 lb's-----I usually clocked 90.45 --He mopped my ass by many car lengths- The 56 was really a fast son-of-a-bitch=--He was really grinning when we went back over in the pit area...---thats it!!
     

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  17. SlowandLow63
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    Wow those are some awesome stories. Have any more? Its so nice to have people like yo hear on the HAMB.
     
  18. Ray Erickson
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    This picture is in the "KCTA GUIDE''booklet from back in 1955.. Quite a crowd---Apparently There was plenty of interest In a legal place to race & not get in trouble--"Major Pond "-- [ our benefactor for getting the strip] --stated that in a very short time the street racing had decreased Considerably-- Not stopped -but making the city streets a lot safer!!!!!!
     

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  19. Ray Erickson
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    :Hi! Ray Erickson here--A short story-In 1956 at one our weekend dragmeets, I was standing in the staging area about 40 ft. back from starting line-over near the left side-- And I heard someone holler out Hey RAY--I looked at the cars lined up waiting to make a pass.-I didn't recognize any of the cars-- The voice called out again & then an arm came out the window of a new 56 "Studebaker "GOLDEN HAWK" ---[ These had 289 Stude engine & Factory "McCullough"supercharger] --I walked over their & it was a friend of mine,,I said whos car is that-- ITS MINE he said-I said- its brand new, why are you running it so soon-- you don't want to hurt it racing, do you--HE said 'hell , it ain't gonna hurt it!!!-- He said ,in fact, would you like to take it thru the quarter--I SAID HELL YES!! -He says, well, try not to take it over 5 grand, like you say it is NEW-- Well-----I pulled the 40 ft. up to line --nailed it- DAMN-- I went 1000 rpm over every shift--IT CAME UP SO FAST --It turned 96 M.P.H.-in the quarter--How about that for a new stock factory built car-- I was pretty impressed-----------:
     
  20. Ray Erickson
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    Here is picture from the- K.C.T.A. Guide- booklet published back in 1956-It is officers back then--- ---- [they got my middle name ]wrong--It 's not "Lee"--Middle initial is "G"-for Gustaf-my Dads name--ERICKSON -I am half Swede-- My dad was a full swede-His folks came over from sweden-He could cuss you out in swedish & you didn't know what the hell he said-- He would just laugh-------------Bob Taylor was Pres. when we held drags at Edna ,Kansas- Which still was the club -KCTA---------------Lee Dorrell liason, K.C.,Mo."Police Officer"[Answered to Major Pond--"Chief of Detectives of "Kansas City Police force"] --------Lee Williams & Bill Rogers were members of the "DRAGSTERS" club--Myself- Ray Erickson- & Bob Taylor were members of the "CRANKTWISTERS"club --The name we chose for our new name when we donated The incorporated name of "KCTA "for the new drag strip and associated clubs----{We had already paid for a "lawyer' to become "incorporated" so we could have Drags in Edna,Ks.}---------- The Dragster club had other members Bob Sullivan,Bob Rodgers-Bob Reid, Bill Crutchfield Don Schliecher, Dave Waldo & Bob McConnell,Don Broderick--Dons SON is Kevin Broderick of--"FABRICATIONS UNLIMITED--STREET ROD SPECiALTIES"---Im sure
    I've forgotten some of their names after all these years----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Lee Dorrell was a member of the "DynoBusters" club-- along with "Wayne Colby" ,Buzz Pond [Major Ponds] son--MAJOR POND & his son had a" Hemi powered '36 Ford 3 window coupe--
     

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  21. Ray Erickson
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    H1! Radical Ray Erickson here--Back during the "OJ"trial -glancing at a"TV"on the work bench I chopped "Jim Whitesides "[ a member of the MISFITS]- 1953 Chevie coupe & as well as lites ,door handles ,trunk , hood -,etc-- ----Jim was helping in anyway he could---- Here are some in progress pics of chop -I thought" you all "might get a kick out of them---attached below---------- HERE IS ALSO PIC'S -IN FINAL FINISH--SATIN BLACK --Hope you enjoy!!:--------------------------- He used to have a "sweet sounding" 6 banger,---Now its got a 'mean sounding' 350--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------A COMMENT HERE-------All welding done with "Acetylene Torch"------- Thats still the way I do it !!!!!!--Bought the torches & bottles back in 1955"Sears-Roebuck" torches--
     

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  22. Ray Erickson
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    Hi! Ray Erickson here-----At the" BACK TO KANSAS NHRA DRAGS"- in 1994 --I had the good fortune to meet & talk a while to WALLY PARKS-- What gentleman and a nice guy -- IT WAS A REALLY HOT DAY & he was doing just fine--He was 77 years old then...This event was held in Topeka , Kansas-------He had come over to look at my PACKARD --COOL, HUH!!
     

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  23. Ray Erickson
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    Heres some more" TRACTOR' pic's I forgot I had!
     

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  24. Ray Erickson
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    Hi! Ray Erickson here-- I found my old issue of the 'WHISTLEBAIT" article-- here are copys of cover & inside magazine.-----
     

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  25. Ray Erickson
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    Hi! Ray Erickson--These are pic's of second version of my 3-wheeler------------------------------
     

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  26. Ray Erickson
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    Hi! -Ray Erickson here--I just realized I am labeled "Grenade Inspector" I was labeled "Newbie"--- what happened --I didn't change it??????????????-----What does that mean??????????
     
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    Hi! Ray Erickson here--------Some of you might get akick out these pic's--They are from 1955 "' NHRA NATIONAL DRAGS RACES in 'Great Bend ,Kansas" this was an old airstrip-- Don Garlits & his crew were there,& at that time they really looked like -Swamp Rats- Thats what they called themselfs- Their car was of course very fast-There tow car was a old Chevie,I do not accurately remember their clocked times-- The Chrisman Brothers were their old sprint car turned dragster,with fuel injected "Hemi"---Ed Cortapassi ,with the" GLASS SLIPPER"-----------------------Dave Marquez "880" Bakery 32 roadster-Flathead powered-- Bright orange-Best appearing car & crew--VERY FAST-- here are the pic's I took---------------OH YEAH -- i FORGOT ?"Mickey Thompson " was there with his dragster'
    during eliminations He blew a clutch--The officials gave his crew 30 minutes to pull engine & replace cluitch,, They got back to start line exactly in 30 minutes , &as I recall he won that part of race..
     

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  30. Ray Erickson
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    Here are some random pictures I downloaded--Three pic's of some of the 'MISFITS CLUB" ,that I am a member of--------------------------------A pic of my straight 8 Packard engine-,,,changed to a 350 Chevie later---------------------------------------------------------------------A pic of my packard early in the process of build---------------------Me painting my 52 in the street with cars driving by--Notice the tiny diaphram compressor in front of car on the street.********look behind rear window of 52 & you will see my 34 parked across the street.-------------------My merc chop in process---------------------------------------------- Me beside my chopped 52
     

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