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Projects The Original "Purple People Eater" dragster 1957

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Fast Elvis, Feb 9, 2019.

  1. mgtstumpy
    Joined: Jul 20, 2006
    Posts: 7,581


    I see you're still driving the old Effie you had in 2016 when John T and I visited you guys at ELTA shop on our way to Deuce Day. That's our white hire GMC across the road. ;) Subscribed, Mark
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2019
  2. The opening before the belly pan right by the wheel was when they first built the dragster the exhuast went out by the tires...... they soon probably realized changing tires was a problem with the pipes there and then rerouted them straight out the side where the holes are now. I decided to fill in that space to give it a cleaner and smoother look. In these two pictures you can see the changes they made. ppe1.jpg purpledragster3.jpg
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  3. Great to hear from you was a pleasure having you down at the ELTA Club Shop with us..... hope you come back soon...cheers. _DSC0210.jpg
  4. catdad49
    Joined: Sep 25, 2005
    Posts: 3,590


    The above b&w shot is killer! Is there no way to make that work? To me, it just fits the era better, but I'll Love it no matter what.
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  5. rd martin
    Joined: Nov 14, 2006
    Posts: 2,269

    rd martin
    from indiana

    wow ! so glad you had the vision to save this car! it is really neat! would love to see it in person. I have a personal interest in the resto of the old drag race cars. have a couple projects of my own. they sure it had a plan when constructing this in 56. it crosses indy car , salt flats , and drag racing! you guys are doing a great job on the resurrection! you have me hooked!
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  6. rd martin
    Joined: Nov 14, 2006
    Posts: 2,269

    rd martin
    from indiana

    I have a good friend in guelph, would like to make a road trip out for a visit!
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  7. Malcolm
    Joined: Feb 9, 2006
    Posts: 7,472

    from Nebraska

    Super cool story and drag car. I'm looking forward to following along with your progress!
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  8. For sure rd martin...... your pal is most welcome to come by the ELTA Club Shop.
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  9. Here's a early picture at the ELTA Shop at our open house from a few years back, when I mocked up both dragsters for a display with original pictures and trophies. 31487067_1978866145521475_9182563263357911040_o.jpg
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  10. More construction pic's 30729613_2116645688564362_2491351567375007744_n.jpg 30710471_2116644685231129_6760007412683374592_n.jpg 30762925_2118552321707032_6111075770229063680_n.jpg 36630359_2164792477083016_6668952581294784512_n.jpg
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  11. I loaded up the chassis and headed over to a friends shop to paint it but I had to go by have my old pal Mike Roi check it wasn't long before he wanted to sit in think he wants a dragster 38478571_2198605923701671_1229596214257778688_n.jpg
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  12. As I got the chassis ready for paint at my friends auto body shop...a few guys dropped by to see what the hell I was next day I had it loaded up on the vintage trailer and heading back home to put her in the shop. The white turned out really nice and I only had one run in the
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  13. rd martin
    Joined: Nov 14, 2006
    Posts: 2,269

    rd martin
    from indiana

    looking good!
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  14. gigem
    Joined: Dec 31, 2005
    Posts: 55


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  15. Thanks brother.... I see your restoring a Chassis Research rail?.... how goes your progress?
  16. edcodesign
    Joined: Mar 30, 2007
    Posts: 3,566


    Great story and craftsmanship, good luck !
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  17. flatheadpete
    Joined: Oct 29, 2003
    Posts: 9,435

    from Burton, MI

    I've been're gonna need a lil skinny guy to drive that thing. ;)
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  18. rd martin
    Joined: Nov 14, 2006
    Posts: 2,269

    rd martin
    from indiana

    its been slow , built it from scratch, few life obstacles in the way, and the passing of a good friend has got me working on this project. it has good history, and my friend had gotten sick and never got back to it. so im carrying on for him. kind of a long story but a good one. DSC02007.JPG
  19. Dino the weirdo
    Joined: May 27, 2007
    Posts: 879

    Dino the weirdo

    Doesn't Matter what state of completion it's in ...But PLEASE consider Showing it at "Gasoline Alley" -Syracuse Nationals ...July. I 'm the coordinater of the exhibit . Also consider a full blown "club" display. Contact me for all the details...Its Free-Inside Building ,locked up at night-Hotel Discounts -That goes for ANYONE wanting to display a Real Deal Vintage Racer...Oval Track welcome .See our Facebook page for more . The 7th annual GASOLINE ALLEY returns in 2019....If you have a Nostalgia Race Car and wish to participate Contact Me ("Dino") at 910-997-4444 for all the details and to Get On The List …Free to Participate ! plus T-shirt / Decal to all who show....Hotel Discount Info mailed directly to participants with your entry credentials.
    ......Part of the Arties Party Charity Auction ,supporting Ronald McDonald House, in the Horticultural Building ( locked up at night ) at the Syracuse Nationals. July 19-20-21 2019. Drag & Oval Track welcome. It's FREE to show with secure trailer parking, Hotel Discounts and we'll feed ya Fri.& Sat. lunch & Dinner....two free passes to the "Nationals" per car with some other 'perks' and surprises.Move -in is 8am-8pm Thurs July18 Heres a shot of just ONE car coming to get ya pumped . . . . . 55 Coupe.jpg
    Last edited: Feb 12, 2019
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  20. Looks awesome brother..... we should be hooking up one of these years when you have your beast all done for a little match or at the least one very cool picture together.
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  21. Grabbed the hemi and tranny and dropped it in the old "Purple People Eater"....starting to look like a night down at the ELTA shop...... I can't believe that pile of stuff out of field is really taking 37869154_2187001048195492_5783797140560019456_n.jpg 37847883_2187000791528851_353797836518719488_n.jpg 37838860_2187000668195530_3308939742250270720_n.jpg 38246197_2195094097386187_3046333411569434624_n.jpg 37768731_2187000901528840_584789909366112256_n.jpg 37847883_2187000791528851_353797836518719488_n.jpg
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  22. classiccarjack
    Joined: Jun 30, 2009
    Posts: 1,427


    The hemi, is it a 354? What Transmission and differential are you running? Very cool car to save! I dream of doing the exact same thing!

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  23. dreracecar
    Joined: Aug 27, 2009
    Posts: 2,808

    from so-cal

    Tell people that the "RUN" was originaly there , and it took you 2 hrs to put it back on. Its all about the little details!!!!
  24. AHotRod
    Joined: Jul 27, 2001
    Posts: 10,317


    Wow …. what a cool trip back in time, your doing a fantastic job with this.
  25. Very, very, very.....NICE
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  26. It turned out pretty good....alot of white but that was how she looked back in 1957.. 38204245_2195094247386172_8518554249880141824_n.jpg 37777225_2187000954862168_5694090941787275264_n.jpg
  27. Then...1958....and this past summer 2018. rr.jpg 38404765_2195092760719654_7538634242704539648_n.jpg
  28. rd martin
    Joined: Nov 14, 2006
    Posts: 2,269

    rd martin
    from indiana

    Your making some great progress! We will see about that race! North versus south! Ha!
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  29. What a bitchin rail!
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