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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. Stogy
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
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    I'll bet Elvis is already dialing it in at the strip Shiny, Proud, N' Nasty...;)
     
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    It would be great to have you at this years 15th ELTA Summer Bash and Big Go Drags brother......Ross Ward is a great supporter and has been out many times to our gatherings.....with "Bad Moon" or not, you should come and if you want to bring "Bad Moon" out not completely done, I'll give you a very cool spot right up front with some of the other original cars and other non finished cars are parked.....I think at times on our weekend, theirs always a huge crowd around thoses unfinshed race cars....lol......hope you make.
     
  3. I like the way you think Stogy....lol....but the dragster is still in the body shop. I have the 354 hemi (60 over) done and I'm getting the tranny prepped along with a few more details on the chassis.
     
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  4. Here's a few pictures of how well the old fiberglass body came out after blasting off all the old paint and grime....pretty solid considering the body sat out in a field for over 50 years. 57239020_2305314672898308_798778421437005824_n.jpg 57297762_636829410097553_3585928127404048384_n.jpg 57325208_278483309761090_3436645672764309504_n.jpg 57467865_418182982073112_544980849636933632_n.jpg 58374560_436338526909505_3244304431520415744_n.jpg
     
  5. Stogy
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    Last edited: Jun 14, 2019
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    Thanks brother....please pass along my best regards to your Dad.....hopefully I'll have the chance to meet you both and talk about those great old days......and show off the old dragster. Here's a few more great pictures from your Dad's time period of action from those early days at or around Kohler Dragway.
     
  7. 41rodderz
    Joined: Sep 27, 2010
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    Thanks for the reply and updates. 50 years out in the field plus all the wear and tear while racing , I think states to the quality of the materials and workmanship.
     
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  8. I'm still hoping to have the "Purple Eater " on display at this years ELTA Big Go Drags. 55495935_2343289612566634_6512588090656161792_n (1).jpg 58847404_2367870483441880_2670649143264804864_n (1).jpg
     
  9. It was really cool at this years London Speed & Custom Show to have Al Howlett (a original builder from 1957) and Andy Marsh (builder and the driver 1957) drop by to see the old dragster. Also original members from the Fergus Wheelers C.C. even showed up to see the Purple People Eater which they bought the original frame off of in 1961 to use with a flathead and later set a Canadian record. 55782374_2342996269262635_6797086234716930048_o.jpg 54799103_2343288425900086_7893091167724634112_n (1).jpg 54520671_2343288562566739_6095330445891731456_n.jpg 62193605_2394335204128741_7190767176201011200_n.jpg
     
  10. 54vicky
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    I think you are enjoying the journey your smile seems to grow with every picture.:D:D
     
  11. Thanks brother....it's been a long road but the history, the support from others and meeting all th eoriginal guys has been a real blessing......lots more road to go....lol.
     
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  12. Stogy
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    :rolleyes:...That's one Hairy looking Ride @Fast Elvis...:D...Happy New Year Eh! It's always exciting seeing this Beast with Elegance moving Towards the Christmas Tree...;)
     
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  13. So far the body work is going well, even the nose has been fix which was damaged way back in 1959 due to the dragster going off the track after a clutch explosion took out the steering box. Even the old hemi has a new coat of white paint just how it was back in the day. The story continues.....
     
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  14. Thanks Stogy....... I'm aiming for this summer, having her back on the strip. Even the original driver Andy March (84 years old) wants to climb back in for a run....lol...... thanks gain for the kind words and support brother....much appreciated.
     
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  15. Keep the updates coming. Awesome so far!
     
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  16. catdad49
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    Can't wait to see That reunion! Please don't leave us out, Carp.
     
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  17. I'll definitely keep you in the loop Carp...... thanks again for your kind support. 12605385_1740131716215763_707362307323285347_o.jpg
     
  18. rd martin
    Joined: Nov 14, 2006
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    very kool!!! cant wait to see it done!
     
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