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OT 40 years ago the Roach show concept

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by divco13, Jan 7, 2011.

  1. Any body seen this in the the last 40 years ?

    This are pictures outside of, Wolverine Chassis Romulus Mich. That I took when I worked for Tom. In very early in 1974

    Anybody know what this rear axle is out of ?

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  2. White Trash Renegade
    Joined: Oct 28, 2009
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    White Trash Renegade
    from Derby, KS

    Wow! That thing is hideous! Kinda cool though.
  3. hotrodladycrusr
    Joined: Sep 20, 2002
    Posts: 20,764


    Yes, it's alive and well in Don Boeke, The Egyptian's private collection in Dayton, OH. I saw it a couple of years ago when I stopped to visit.










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  4. the-rodster
    Joined: Jul 2, 2003
    Posts: 6,878



    That thing is crazy!

    What's the motor, DOHC V8 ?


  5. To repeat an old phrase: "just because you can-doesn't mean you should!" Is that drivable? I wouldn't want to be in a front end collision with it!
  6. Looks GT40ish, its from a race car thats for sure!

  7. goon56
    Joined: May 31, 2008
    Posts: 232

    from new jersey

    met a guy at the daytona turkey run around 6+ years ago that said he used to own it. siad he owned the red fox wrecker at some point too. from what i know, the engine and rear was from an indy type car. heard the motor blew a while ago and is too rare and costly to fix or something. also remember the guy i met in daytona had a bad ass tandem axle early 80s conversion van
  8. onedge
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  9. unkamort
    Joined: Sep 8, 2006
    Posts: 1,014


    The trans axle appears to be a Hewland (sp)
  10. hotrodladycrusr
    Joined: Sep 20, 2002
    Posts: 20,764


    Don built the car as far as I know and it toured the show car circut for many years.

    I could sworn I did a whole adventure thread on my visit to his place but I can't seem to find it. I've got alot of photos of some cool cars from my visit to his place. I'll keep searching for that thread, june of 2008.
  11. Man, that was a great day, wasn't it Denise?:) Don's just too cool
  12. THE_DUDE
    Joined: Aug 22, 2009
    Posts: 2,601


    Man! What the hell was goin on in the 70s?
  13. Gator
    Joined: Dec 29, 2005
    Posts: 4,016


    Always loved that car...
  14. Jim Jacobs was involved in the build - I think Don only painted it? I too heard it was non-running but was built that way from the start with a junk DOHC motor.


    PS - great pics by the way Denise - I too love this car and haven't seen this many detailed shots before - thanks!
  15. I worked for Tom Smith at Wolverine Chassis. It was there when I started to work at Wolverine, very early in 1974
    These are my personal pictures. I belive, Tom did the Exhaust
  16. Just from memory & the pics, the engine is a DOHC Ford Indianapolis-type (based originally on a SBF block), which later became the Foyt-Coyote Indy engine of the '70s; and the axle as mentioned appears to be a modified Hewland. If it is a Ford or Coyote, there are some sources for parts, even today, and they're not really any more expensive than any other racing parts (considering many drag racing engine budgets of $20k-30k). Steep for most of us, maybe, but not so bad in the racing scheme of things.

    To me, it's no weirder than a lot of other "show" & concept cars. :confused:
  17. hotrodladycrusr
    Joined: Sep 20, 2002
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    One of the best, especially cuz you were there. :D
    and yes, Don is way cool. I sure hope he's at the Detroit Autorama, would love to say hi again.:cool:

    You're welcome sweetie, glad you're enjoying them.
  18. That is one of those weird cars from my youth, I think Hot Wheels even came out with a version or two?
  19. shmoozo
    Joined: Aug 14, 2007
    Posts: 672

    from Media, PA

    If you have to ask then you probably don't want to know.

    The things supposedly decent folks was doing back then would give you nightmares.

    Think not? Have you seen what Ford did to the Mustang from 1974 to 1978?



    And it got worse!


    And then it got even worse than that.


    Nightmares, I tell ya. Leave you scarred for life.
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  21. G V Gordon
    Joined: Oct 29, 2002
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    G V Gordon
    from Enid OK

    I don't remember...

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  23. deVco
    Joined: Mar 22, 2010
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    Disco, Platform shoes, Richard Nixon, Smogged out motors, Need I say more? It's best you don't remember.:(
  24. 40 & 61 Fords
    Joined: May 17, 2006
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    40 & 61 Fords

    I believe it was built by Jake and Dan Woods right after they had worked together at Roths. There's blerb about it in the Pete & Jakes book.
  25. hotrodladycrusr
    Joined: Sep 20, 2002
    Posts: 20,764


    The 70's were GREAT! I'd go to a rock concert on Friday night and to a disco on Saturday night. Plenty of hot dudes and lots of my own disposable income. Life was GREAT!:cool:
  26. And I had the ENTIRE Evel Knievel action toy collection to play with!:cool:
  27. With your fake ID?....cause you aren't THAT old :p
  28. schwerko
    Joined: Jun 18, 2010
    Posts: 150

    from bristol ct

    Maybe a ZF transaxle out of a Pantera?
  29. RodStRace
    Joined: Dec 7, 2007
    Posts: 2,777


    Schwerko, more likely it's a back end or an Indy car that was crashed or obsolete, meaning the hewland not a ZF.
    Here's a picture of Foyt's 67 winner...

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