The Jalopy Journal
Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by nor cal nic, Feb 27, 2008.
keep 'em coming...
I always loved this coupe.
For me, 'Lil John has always been more about the individual pieces with the car just being the end result. NOT to take away from the cars themselves mind you!!!
It's his handling of all the little things that pop up that really amazes me.
I loved the stretched out A Roadster...as much for what it didn't have as for what it did.
Your a cool one John...praying for your full recovery!!!
the guy is one of the greatest builders that ever lived. think about it. he pratically created the funny car, built and qualifed a car for the indy 500, created the smooth billet look, does motorcycles, just to name some of his acomplishments. unlike boyd he is not interested in self promotion, not to speak ill of the dead.
Yup, I love the fact that he built the Indy car in his garage!
I don't give a fuck about the things said about someone else here in last few days...
Lil John is THE trend setter!!!
This is the man who turned the Entire Rod world upside down with the Corno Roadster!!
With his 'Caddilac " T sedan in 1974 he showed that rods need not be bad handling, noisy, hashed up death machines ( so beloved of the underslung faddists) .
Show me anyone else who you can say they Started a trend ?
You may not like Billet today ,but when Lil John cranked up that CNC machine it was a breath of fresh air to this hobby. It's a shame the whole concept was prostituted by those who went off shore and sold their die cast shit as billet.
I've read enough about this guy to know that here is a man after my heart and he's one who marches to the beat of his own drum.
He also refused to be fashion victim,but rather forced the world to adopt his fashion and it was good!.
In 2008 I am seeing the HAMB being slowly and inexorably turned into a chainer site so with that in mind here is a little of what Lil John had to say;
" I've seen drag racing go from a sport which has given me great deal of personal satisfaction to a semi organised state of insanity built around prostituted selfishness,self destruct maintenance, and snowballing law suits....."
John Buttera in HOT ROD dec.1974.
We owe a debt of gratitude to this guy .
His First( finished) Rod...
Well said,the man changed hot rodding,with his revolutionary ideas and incredible talent. That T ,is an all time favorite of many.
I've always loved this one. It still looks good.
Doing work for him was great treat for me.
In the 80's I owned a metal finishing shop and one day got a call and the guy on the other end who said "this is Lil John Butera and I'm working on this Indy car and need your help".
Having built a model of one of his cars ("Family T") when I was a kid I knew who he was and asked "THE Lil' John?". He kinda laughed and said yea.
He came over to my shop in Huntington Beach and over about a month he was there 2-3 times a week. He was quite a machinest, but what I remember most of all was how cool he was.
I don't remember if I even charged him as it was such a pleasure to work with him and that project that I probably paid him.
I forget what ever happened with that car or if it ever qualified. 15 years later I ended up working at TRD in the build shop, so I was lucky enough to got another chance to work on Indy cars again.
If anybody has any details of his Indy car project I would sure like to know what happened...
We found this car in a dirt floor barn near Darlington, SC in about '95. Ran it with a carbureted small block, and later with a blown alcohol BBC. It was run out of the Hog Mountain Garage as the Dixie Flyer, owned by Mark Polson.
After doing some research we discovered around 2000 that is was a Buttera car. It's now the BancAmericar recreation.
I restored this R&B (li'l Jon Butera) car and ran it from 1997 to 2007 in nostalgia classes
with an alcohol SBC.
It was originally a 187 inch R&B Chassis AA/FD in 1969 and as I understand was run at Indy that year.
A great car & a a lot of great memories.
It continues to run at nostalgia events around the country with its new owner!
47 years and still going strong!!
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