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Projects The "Grey Goose". "Old Crow's" new sister

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Bobby Green, Jun 18, 2011.

  1. Bobby Green
    Joined: Jun 9, 2001
    Posts: 1,318

    Bobby Green


    Other than a Bellytank Lakester, which to me was always the purist shape and form for a landspeed car, my other true love was an early, single seater, roundy round big car. The style of these early purpose built race cars is pure elegance. So it's always been on my #2 list. And luckily, there is still a racing organization that recognizes these cars and has a competitive class for them,.... the SCTA .

    Some of you know about my latest Bonneville project that has been in the works for the past 3-4 years, but I've been fairly quiet about it until it was closer to being a reality.
    Well, now that time is finally at hand, so I thought I would share the build pics with everyone.

    The car will run in the scta's VOT class (vintage oval track). It's a body class devoted to vintage race cars with pre 1948 engines. We plan to run the model B race engines that we run in the Bellytank, and eventually run the 270 Offy motor that I acquired last year.

    The car started as a cowl and tail that was built 30-40 years ago by an aircraft guy that unfortunately passed away some time ago. I was told the body was a back up body for a racing champ car, but I'm not sure which one. The grill was from a 30's Indy car and is hand made from steel. A real work of art. My friend Kieth Allen (who never sells anything) had both in the rafters of his garage. He only sold them to me cuz he knew I would do something with them. I think I made him proud.


    I started the work with a pair of hat shaped stamped frame rails from my friend Allen Decker, and then the rear kick up and front frame horns were made from scratch. The front axle is a 20's something Chrysler and the parallel leaf springs are a combination of 30's Essex, 30's studebaker, and ford truck hardware, along with some handmade parts.
    The drivetrain consists of a 38 Lincoln zephyr transmission with later 25 tooth gears mated to a 40's Franklin quickchange. The same rear end I run In the tank, it's never failed.




    Once I got the car to a roller with the help of friends Logan Davis, Tyrell, and Lantz Soliday, it sat for quite a few months as other projects took precedent.
    But once Logan called me to say he was re- opening his old shop "Milestone hot rods" , now called "vintage performance", I said, Great, now you can finish the Indy car, and he did just that, in the few months that it's been at his shop, it's really taken off, thanks in part to fellow Sidewinder Chuck, who has hand bucked over a thousand rivets, she'll definitely be running next year.
    Enjoy the pix


    Here's the start of the roll cage


    We took her out to El Mirage last weekend to pre tech. That's Logans roadster towing behind.


    That's about it for now. I'll keep updating as things progress. I hope it inspires, as others inspire me.
    Last edited: Jun 18, 2011
  2. Bobby Green
    Joined: Jun 9, 2001
    Posts: 1,318

    Bobby Green

    Oh, forgot to mention, Artist "Coop" will be working on the "Grey Goose" logo for her. I'll post some pics when he's done.
  3. looking good, love the beautiful body work.
  4. donut29
    Joined: Mar 6, 2006
    Posts: 1,517

    from canton MI


    Whats the plan for the motor?
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  5. plan9
    Joined: Jun 3, 2003
    Posts: 3,846


    that is awesome Bobby, the Offy motor belongs in there.
  6. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 22,394


    Looks great! Reminds me a bit of the Murphy/MILLER LSR car. Good luck with it. Bob [​IMG]
  7. wow, just wow! thats amazing
  8. kisam
    Joined: Feb 28, 2005
    Posts: 1,919


    OMG - that's beautiful Bobby!
  9. NoSurf
    Joined: Jul 26, 2002
    Posts: 3,972

    from Chester NH

    Wow. Kick Ass. Can't wait to see this one in person.
  10. 327-365hp
    Joined: Feb 5, 2006
    Posts: 5,317

    from Mass

    That's gorgeous Bobby. Outstanding work guys!
  11. G V Gordon
    Joined: Oct 29, 2002
    Posts: 5,464

    G V Gordon
    from Enid OK

    You kids have the neatest toys!

    Great looking car.
  12. sololobo
    Joined: Aug 23, 2006
    Posts: 7,481


    Shing-a-ling, man what a beautiful build. We are very partial to single seaters here in our camp. The car on that beautiful hauler was over the top. Thanx for sharing. Here is xderlict's single seater. ~sololobo~

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  13. xderelict
    Joined: Jul 30, 2006
    Posts: 2,478


    That is just to cool!
  14. flatheadpete
    Joined: Oct 29, 2003
    Posts: 8,696

    from Burton, MI

    Joined: Aug 10, 2008
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    VERY COOL!!!
    But you still suck:D
  16. paul hebert
    Joined: Jan 23, 2005
    Posts: 1,090

    paul hebert

    Looks like a great project. Lots of fun.
  17. oj
    Joined: Jul 27, 2008
    Posts: 5,438


    To say 'very nice' is an understatement - it is too sweet.
    I have a question about the underslung, i see the front rails dip and teh front of the spring is rigid while just the rear shackle can move? Is that typical?
    The front axle, is that from a miller or is the kingpin socket a welded piece? The ones i've seen on some millers that socket is a seperate casting pinned to the tube.
    Is there any filler/welding to the cowl? It isn't just one piece is it?
    Thanks, oj
  18. seatex
    Joined: Oct 24, 2006
    Posts: 2,650


    Wow, Bobby, that is freakin' awesome!
  19. big creep
    Joined: Feb 5, 2008
    Posts: 2,945

    big creep

    wow bobby, looks awesome! i remember seeing it in parts at the shop, thats just too cool!
  20. kurtis
    Joined: Mar 13, 2009
    Posts: 1,980

    from Australia

    Bobby, i thought you might be interested in this photo of a Harry Miller dirt car posted yesterday on TheOldMotor. The body of your car almost carries the same proportions.

    Go here...
  21. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 17,703

    from Austin, TX
    Staff Member

    Can't wait to see and hear that thing run with the Offy in it... Gonna rule.
  22. Geeeezzzz! A new member to the family is always welcome! Wonderful work, tell alll Hello from me! Crow. LFFL
  23. zman
    Joined: Apr 2, 2001
    Posts: 16,511

    from Garner, NC

    Now that's pretty damn cool.... I can't wait to see it finished so hurry up. :p
  24. lowtruck
    Joined: Aug 26, 2009
    Posts: 258

    from Omaha

    Oh man that's awesome. Can't say that I've ever seen or heard a running Offy...lookin' forward to it.
  25. Bobby Green
    Joined: Jun 9, 2001
    Posts: 1,318

    Bobby Green

    I love that Murphy/Miller car. Thanks for the pic.

    Yea, it seems like forever doesn't it.

    That's a beautiful car, I remember seeing it in Texas once.

    The cowl is 3 pieces, gas welded together, although the craftsmanship is soo good it's hard to tell, even in bare metal. The axle is a 20's Chrysler, or so I was told. I can't seem to find any pictures of another one. And yes, the front spring setup was quite common on 30-40's cars.
  26. cactus1
    Joined: Apr 10, 2006
    Posts: 7,916


    Woweewawa! Awesome!
  27. Tbomb428
    Joined: Aug 18, 2006
    Posts: 506

    from SoCal

    Wow. Very inspirational indeed. I saw your car at El Mirage last weekend, so cool.

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  28. Evel
    Joined: Jun 25, 2002
    Posts: 9,022

    1. 60s Show Rods

    bout time... :D

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