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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by stanlow69, Jan 28, 2017.

  1. stanlow69
    Joined: Feb 21, 2010
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    I from a town 50 miles away but found it has a lot of history. Here is an article from Hot Rod Magazine from April 1955. Written by Tom Medley and photos by Wally Parks. Imagine a do-it yourself hobby shop in todays Air Force base. I know, SAC is located in Bellevue which is a suburb of Omaha. I`lll get to the connection later in this thread. There is a lot more to come so check in often. What do you have. Scan0172.jpg Scan0173.jpg
     
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  2. cool....my dad was a Air Force lifer....used the hobby shop at the base - first enclosed shop I used....
     
  3. vtx1800
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    When I was in the Army in Germany in the sixties I was unaware if there was a hobby shop available, I guess Privates didn't need to know a lot:) Later on, when living in New Mexico, going to school and working aerospace I met a retired Army guy. He had a 56 Chevy (this was about 1969) that had a leaky powerglide that he was going to go out to the base near Las Cruces to work on. I tagged along, took a pair of 289 Ford heads and used their tools to grind the seats. I knew jack about grinding valves but, somehow I stuffed new valves in the heads and the engine ran fine, something about God looking out for fools and drunks I guess. I too would like to know what today's service member has to work with. Nice topic Stan!!!
     
  4. I drive the shuttle for the local {Bellevue} Chrysler dealer and I regularly drive airmen out to the base. I was told the repair shop is still used. Don't have any info regarding tools or equipt there. I haven't met any airmen rodders yet.
    Check out the snow in the photos! Once or twice a year we get hammered with big snowfalls.
     
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  5. stanlow69
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    This is a program from 1953. Not very much hot rod history, but my next post will lead into why I started this thread. I promise, the locals will learn something. Scan0174.jpg
     
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  6. Gearhead Graphics
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    Nebraska native impatiently waiting
     
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  7. ghornbostel
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    I was at Camp Darby, Italy in the 60s and there was a pretty good auto shop there. There was a minimum rank requirement for private vehicle ownership and didn't meet it till about 6 months before discharge. There was a salvage yard there too with some very desirable cars needing minor mechanical work.
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  8. RAREBIKE
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    I am currently working at Stratcom on Offutt AFB, I will go check out the shop this week and provide an update to this thread.
     
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  9. Ok, I take it back...I guess I DO know a rodder with connections to the base shop....Hi, Tim
     
  10. ^^^^^^
    X2!
     
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  11. stanlow69
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    I looked for two days for an article I was going to post but can`t find it. I thought it was from 1954 Hot Rod. It talks about the guys at Offut building a car similar to the one`s that raced at Indy. The reason was to test tires at high speeds for a major tire manufacturer. It was two pages long and very educational. It showed the car with about 6 or 7 people standing in front of it. One of those guys was ---- Barbour. Can`t remember his first name. Have you heard of him. He had a speed shop in Omaha. Either that article or in another one I read said he did experimental work for Offut on there airplanes. He had an adds in Rod and Custom in late 54 and early 55. Barbour pronounced Bar-Boo-R was also in a wheel chair. The next post will be the one I first learned about him in a magazine Scan0178.jpg which dates back to 1949.
     
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