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What was your first speed equipment part?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 30FordNerd, Jan 15, 2013.

  1. A Hurst shifter for the Muncie 4 speed in my 55 Chevy. I remember the box sitting in my bedroom until I got it installed. I was only 16 at the time so I was pretty excited to be buying speed parts for my first project!

  2. Jet96
    Joined: Dec 24, 2012
    Posts: 1,063

    from WY

    I lived a long way from town, so I usually made what I could. But I DID save up and get a chrome " foot" gas pedal... '74 or so
  3. Joe T Creep
    Joined: Jan 1, 2003
    Posts: 1,145

    Joe T Creep
    Member Emeritus

    Pair of 43mm Weber sidedraft carbs on a four barrel adaptor. Put them on my 34 Ford Truck.
  4. Mike VV
    Joined: Sep 28, 2010
    Posts: 1,813

    Mike VV
    from SoCal

    My first was a Man-a-Fre assembly for a small block Chevy, then shortly after, a set of Hooker headers.

    The Man-a-Fre was second hand but unused and the headers were new. I got them both pretty cheaply considering their condition. The headers came to me thru one of the employes deal (not back door !) prices.

  5. bostonhemi
    Joined: Dec 1, 2011
    Posts: 649


    Hooker headers for my Pontiac 400 from S&T Speed in Bridgewater, mass.
  6. Set of 10.5 :1 TRW pistons for my 65 Mustang...In 1974..
  7. Pops1532
    Joined: Jun 19, 2011
    Posts: 544

    from Illinois

    Schiefer aluminum flywheel for an FE for a dirt car I was building. Bought it at Winner's Circle Speed and Custom. Counter guys argued whether it was pronounced Shifer or Shafer.
    A few years before my Dad had remodeled their store when I was about 12. I was helping him finish up a few things the night before the grand opening. I was putting trim around the counter and somehow tripped the silent alarm. Cops came running in with guns drawn. The rat bastards that worked at the store pointed at me.
  8. fenders53
    Joined: Jan 18, 2013
    Posts: 26

    from Iowa

    One of those 10 pound Accel Super coils on a 70 Dodge Challenger RT in 79.
  9. gibraltar72
    Joined: Jan 21, 2011
    Posts: 260

    from Osseo Mi.

    Me too on the sparkomatic floor shifter went in my 53 merc with a 292 in it
  10. Nailhead Jeff
    Joined: Jun 13, 2009
    Posts: 120

    Nailhead Jeff
    from fresno

    Used a Torker 1 SBC intake. Still have it on my V8 Vega, New a set of Harland Sharp roller Rockers. $159.00.
  11. Pretty sure mine was a Brodix dual plane intake manifold for my sbc-powered slightly OT car, soon followed by a Holley carb. Still got it and the car 16 years later.
  12. 4tford
    Joined: Aug 27, 2005
    Posts: 1,607


    Mine was from the junk yard. A four barrel intake and carb for my 272 in my 55 ford.
  13. kngfisher
    Joined: Sep 15, 2010
    Posts: 60

    from Virginia

    Gauges (oil pressure, temp, etc) because more gauges just like that summit sticker on the firewall make extra horsepower.

    Next was a Trans rebuild kit for my 727 trans. All that extra horsepower and the trans just could not take was the stickers not the years of neglect for the previous owner or the neutral drops that did it in :)
  14. camcb
    Joined: Sep 8, 2012
    Posts: 191


    Hedman headers for my 56 Chevy delivery back about 1979
  15. Heo2
    Joined: Aug 9, 2011
    Posts: 661


    7 hp 60cc cyl and 17 mm
    Bing carburator for my Sach
    motored Monark E-Type moped
    From Beppes Motor
    I was king of the road no one
    could beat me
  16. 1971BB427
    Joined: Mar 6, 2010
    Posts: 5,568

    from Oregon

    My first "speed" part was a Duntov 30-30 cam for my old '57 Chevy in 1968!
  17. threewindaguy
    Joined: Jun 9, 2007
    Posts: 268


    When I was maybe, 10 years old, I bought a tri-power set-up for a flathead. Three 97's on an unremembered manifold for a whopping $7.50. I sold the set-up a month later for an unheard of amount of $25.00. I was RICH and a swapper was born.....
  18. arkieguide
    Joined: Jun 23, 2011
    Posts: 2

    from arkansas

    custom dual exhaust and 2 carb. intake manifold with 2 new carbs. - back in mid 50s. for a 54 ford 239ci yb ohv v/8.
  19. jesse1980
    Joined: Aug 25, 2010
    Posts: 1,355


    A new k and n air filter when I was 16 in 1996 and flipping the aircleaner lid upside down on my 87 Monte Carlo ss. Boy did I notice the increase in HP! Lol
  20. eightbanger
    Joined: Feb 17, 2007
    Posts: 378


    Dual quad intake for my 401 Nailhead. $200 out of some guy's garage. Just had to drive to Houston to get it.
  21. Snot Rocket
    Joined: Sep 8, 2012
    Posts: 122

    Snot Rocket

    I was given a 331 hemi block, crank and rods by a buddy, but no heads. Kept it for a couple of years and traded for some Crestline 15x4 wheels. Sweet.
  22. Chrome small diameter air filter for a 2 bbl carb. from J.C. Whitney 1962.
  23. One night when I was a kid and my buddies and I were cruising Woodward. We were in my '63 Dodge 330 four door sedan and we ran across another kid who had a '63 Polara two door hardtop. We both had a 383. Mine was a two barrel and his was a four barrel. I lamented about having such a boat and was wishing out loud that it was the other way around. All of a sudden he says, "Why not?" I have been wanting to save fuel". We went directly to the parts store and went to my house and traded manifolds and carbs straight across. So, I guess the first "speed equipment" part was the gasket set I used to make my tires burn for a 1/2 block!
    Last edited: Sep 9, 2013
  24. In 1967, I bought a Y-block 2x4 intake and carbs supposedly from a T-Bird out of a junk yard. Can't remember the price but couldn't have been more than $50. I put it on my 57 Ford Skyliner. I could never get it to idle right. Also purchased a pair of exhaust cutouts from J.C. Whitney for it and redline port-a-walls.
  25. OldColt
    Joined: Apr 7, 2013
    Posts: 504


    Edelbrock F4B single 4bbl small block Ford aluminum hi-rise manifold. Purchased from Tennessee Speed Sport in Nashville, Tn. around 1969. They have since moved out from the downtown area to Goodlettsville, Tn. and are still very much in business. :)
  26. ironpile
    Joined: Jul 3, 2005
    Posts: 915


    Dual duce intake and carbs for 34 Ford 85 hp
  27. jaxx
    Joined: Mar 22, 2008
    Posts: 372


    Fenton floor shifter for 3 speed from a Comet and a 260 v8 I set into a 61 Falcon - 1968 Missoula Montana - jaxx
  28. Yutan Flash
    Joined: Aug 6, 2008
    Posts: 682

    Yutan Flash
    from Gretna, NE

    Had to be a Cal Custom or Mr Gasket open element air cleaner for my '63 Galaxie 260 in the spring of '79; otherwise the Spark-O-Matic 3-on-the-floor from K-mart for my old man's '71 Ford pickup in the summer of '78.
  29. Ford C3AZ-6250-AA (63 427 solid lifters) cam to install in my 352 PI for my 58 Ford... I was warned off the C4 version as I was told it would be overkill on the smaller motor... LOL! .500" lift, with 306 duration... wicked lope. Even came up with a set of the 'cutaway' one-piece lightweight lifters. Bought a set of racing springs with those new-fangled aluminum retainers, also on advice (good advice! LOL!!!). Motor would rev to 7K, but exploding generators was the next weak link....
  30. Veach
    Joined: Jun 1, 2012
    Posts: 1,081


    A set of wheels but I had to give them up they wasn't His they were His Brothers

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