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Features VINTAGE SPRINT CAR PIC THREAD, 1965 and older only please.

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Joshua Shaw, Jan 17, 2008.

  1. Your Midget is probably near the same wheelbase as mine (91.5 inches)! Midgets came into popularity during the early years of "The Depression" as a cheaper and safer alternative to the 3/4 cars or "Big Cars" (later to become "Sprint Cars"). Champ Cars and Indy Cars had longer wheelbases! As a matter of fact the 1951 Indy winning car, The Belanger Special, was a stretched Midget with a bigger Offy engine! All that said, I think your car is appropriate for this thread!
     
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  2. THE FRENCHTOWN FLYER
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    Thanks for that explanation Old Dawg. I was trying to figure out what powerplant was in the car - maybe a V8 60? with possibly external reverse cooling plumbing under the header. If that is the case would it not be a TQ (as in Three Quarter) midget? My dad once built a TQ with Crosley power and it was about that size.
     
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  3. That is a Kurtis Kraft V8-60 midget, not a sprint car.
    Not reverse cooling, but the normal post war crank driven water pump with external plumbing into the bottom of the water jacket to get more water around the cylinders.
     
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  4. oldtom69
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    car shown on track appears to be a different car-shorter wheelbase[sprint car instead of champ car] and has different style rear radius rods-in fact I think the on track shot is an Edmonds sprint car
     
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  5. oldtom69
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    also note how much higher the cage brace that runs forward mounts
     
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  6. oldtom69
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    darn-had to get out of my chair to check-yes the same on-track photo is on page 156 of "big Car Thunder Vol..II"the Dean Hathman owned.Don Edmunds built driven by Bill Utz-photo was taken at Lincoln NB photo credit goes to Joe Orth
     
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  7. oldtom69
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    You are actually showing photos of 3 different #56 cars-the champ car in your showroom,the Edmunds sprint car on track and the sprint car in the copy of Historic Indy Cars
     
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  8. Pete Eastwood
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    I have to agree with " oldtom69 " on this .
    Those are different cars , unless the car went through major changes . . .
     
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  9. oldtom69
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    someone didn't like what they were hearing-original post has been deleted-also question the roll cage on the champ car-says its a 1965 chassis,but champ cars didn't get roll cages until 1970-may have been added at some later time
     
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  10. 28dreyer
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    Most midgets are 72inch wheelbase, give or take.
     
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  11. As far as I know, most rule books allowed 66' to 72" midget WB.
     
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  12. THE FRENCHTOWN FLYER
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    That's a big variance LOL.
     
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  13. GEBHARD
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    Seen one of the rare BELL in/out box (empty cases) on the auction site last night, i know nothing about this stuff just wanted to pass the info along if your a collector...
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  14. Very valuable if you are restoring a vintage midget.
     
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  15. GEBHARD
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    Looked cool wanted to know what it was figured it out from a post on this thread.
    I learned some cool history searching around last night, pretty dang rare almost no mention of it online that i could find .
     
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