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Hot Rods Sour Grapes Willys Coupe

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Sour Grapes UK, Sep 8, 2017.

  1. Sour Grapes UK
    Joined: Sep 8, 2017
    Posts: 1

    Sour Grapes UK

    Hi to everyone.
    I have purchased the purple 1940 Willys Coupe Sour Grapes ex drag car. I live in Plymouth England and just had the car shipped over from New Jersey. The car is featured on Youtube when it was sold in 2010. I purchased the car from the previous owners estate as he sadly passed away.
    I would be very interested in any of the history, as none came with the car. I gather it has been raced from the sixties and may have belonged to one owner for 30 years.
    Kind regards,
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  2. Dino 64
    Joined: Jul 13, 2012
    Posts: 2,096

    Dino 64
    from Virginia

    How about some pics, might jog someone's memory. Congrats
  3. 33HEMI
    Joined: Jan 16, 2007
    Posts: 453


  4. Offset
    Joined: Nov 9, 2010
    Posts: 1,700

    from Canada

    Crap that video is unwatchable.

  5. mgtstumpy
    Joined: Jul 20, 2006
    Posts: 8,922


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  6. dan31
    Joined: Jul 3, 2011
    Posts: 1,086


    I remember seeing that car for sale here in Jersey a couple of years ago,asked around back then and no one had heard of it but we're not hard core drag racers either.
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  7. 1940Willys
    Joined: Feb 3, 2011
    Posts: 564


    Here's a photo I got from a willys friend from Long Island e.JPG
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  8. exterminator
    Joined: Apr 21, 2006
    Posts: 1,626


    No,no,no,no, I still haven't had a steel willys yet and now one less chance I will ever own one.:(
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  9. dan31
    Joined: Jul 3, 2011
    Posts: 1,086


    . Is this picture from Atco raceway?
  10. 1940Willys
    Joined: Feb 3, 2011
    Posts: 564


    Perhaps it's a shot from Atco I don't know. I received this photo from a man from Long Island.
  11. 40LUV
    Joined: Dec 30, 2003
    Posts: 1,828

    from Mid Jersey

    Raceway Park Old Time Drags - July 2005. Picture_2884.JPG
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  12. Sheep Dip
    Joined: Dec 29, 2010
    Posts: 1,572

    Sheep Dip
    from Central Ca

    I'LL SECOND THAT! Unbelievable that's a video to try and market that car.
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  13. Overland39
    Joined: Nov 3, 2017
    Posts: 43

    from Millville

    Bob Maida owned the car in the early 2000’s running a Big block Chevy. I raced against him a few times. Great guy.
  14. MrPhil6969
    Joined: Feb 21, 2009
    Posts: 7


    I know plenty about the car. I wrenched on it and drove it for Bob Maida for a couple of years. The car you own is not the same Sour grapes car in the older pictures. Bob and I lost touch about 12 years ago but I know the car was sold and stayed in NJ. The estate that you purchased it from, I believe, is the person that Bob sold the car to. The adverts for the car are still up and online so I have seen pictures of the car recently. The way it is now with the carpet and seats is not the way it was when it was raced. Also the current engine is not the engine that was in it when it was raced. When I met Bob it had a 454 cid in it and after a couple of unfortunate instances that engine finally spit a rod out of the side of the block. The engine that was in it after that was a 540 cid Steve Schmidt short block with a set of Brodix aluminum heads, Weiand team g intake and a 1150 Dominator carb. I am going to assume by the recent pictures that it still has the Mallory ignition and the Power glide trans. I don't know the timeline of when the current engine made it into the car. As for the interior, some the safety bars have been cut from the car to accommodate the seats. When we raced the car it was fast! Like 10 second quarter-mile fast. Attached is a photo of (from left to right) Me, The late Jim Shores and Bob just so you know I'm not full of it. If you want to know more about the car let me know. P9210015.JPG
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  15. dorf
    Joined: Dec 5, 2008
    Posts: 1,087

    from ohio

  16. MrPhil6969
    Joined: Feb 21, 2009
    Posts: 7


    Some more pictures I found from Atco. I think it was from Sep 24, 2005. Me driving. You can see the dial in for the one round was 10.08. I'll have to try and find my time slips. 9-24-S2%20079.jpg 9-24-S2%20080.jpg 9-24-D1%20020.jpg IMG_0233.jpg IMG_8964.jpg
  17. John hanson
    Joined: Feb 20, 2018
    Posts: 2

    John hanson

    Sour grapes raced @ the now closed Englishtown N. J. race track. I used to see it there every year at the old time drags. Don't know much else
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